Kamenetz Announces Bid for Governor

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz officially announced his candidacy for Maryland governor on Monday in Towson, joining a crowded Democratic primary race. Kamenetz, 59, wrote in a Facebook post on Monday that he has the best chance to beat Republican Gov. Larry Hogan “and take back our state from the likes of [President] Donald Trump.”… Read More

Oheb Shalom and Har Sinai Exploring Merger

In a letter Tuesday to Temple Oheb Shalom congregants, the Reform Pikesville synagogue’s senior Rabbi Steven M. Fink and congregation president Mina Wender announced a possible merger with Har Sinai Congregation, a Reform synagogue in Owings Mills led by Rabbi Linda Joseph. The September 12 letter said Oheb Shalom was creating a “strategic partnership between two… Read More

You Should Know… Allison Fisher

Allison Fisher wasn’t always set on pursuing a career in the arts, but after taking the leap, she has never looked back. Once bitten by the creative bug, a young Fisher began exploring her newfound passion. Whether she was getting her hands dirty for a pottery project or using colorful shards of glass to create… Read More

Pay to Pray?

When I was a kid attending services at Temple Emanuel, I was fascinated by the concept of synagogues charging money for High Holiday services. A synagogue selling tickets to pray? Even members had to pay? I couldn’t wrap my head around it at the time. To be honest, it didn’t feel quite right to me…. Read More

Baltimore-Florida Connections Stay Strong During Irma

With relief efforts still underway for victims of Hurricane Harvey, Jewish agencies and individuals in Baltimore stepped up again, as Hurricane Irma ripped across Florida, leaving millions more people in need of aid. Hurricane Irma was one of the most powerful recorded storms to strike the United States. When it slammed into the Florida Keys… Read More

Bubbie Takes Flight to Celebrate Upcoming 97th Birthday

Mollie Witow hasn’t lost her adventurous spirit with age. The 96-year-old decided to take to the sky on Aug. 27 as a prelude to her October birthday. Members of her family, including her daughter and grandchildren, accompanied her to Taylorsville for her first-ever hot-air balloon ride. Donning black pants and a gray sweater, Bubbie, as… Read More

Lecture Enlightens Baltimoreans on Jewish Women’s Participation in WWII

For scores of Jews, the mention of World War II evokes images of the Holocaust. But Israeli native Tamar Ketko is confident that her seven-part documentary series will shed light on another chapter during that period — one relatively unknown to worldwide Jewry. “Very little is known about the involvement of Jewish soldiers among the… Read More

For CrossFit Cantor, It’s All About Discipline

The sun has barely crept over the horizon when Rhoda Harrison leaves her Mount Washington home for a fitness center tucked into the outskirts of Baltimore City. For nearly a year, the ordained rabbi and cantor has exercised religiously at Nevermore CrossFit, one of the approximately 80 CrossFit facilities in the Maryland area. Harrison, 51,… Read More

Family, Faith, Education Focus a Young Photographer

If Annapolis resident Sophie Macaluso has a big challenge, it’s choosing from among so many activities where to focus. And focusing her camera — the Canon she works with — was the biggest draw over this past summer break. In late summer, Macaluso, 16, could be found photographing Australian singer- songwriter Vance Joy for WRNR-FM… Read More

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Should synagogues charge for High Holiday tickets?