Nationwide Shabbat dinners address violence in Charlottesville

Shabbat tables across the nation will celebrate diversity and denounce bigotry during Together at the Table tonight. The event, a response to the violence that plagued the streets of Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday, is intended to engage Shabbat guests in civil, constructive dialogue about community issues. Meals will be hosted in at least 700 homes in… Read More

You Should Know… Hanah Tanenholtz

The desire to “experience something different” encouraged Hanah Tanenholtz to leave her comfort zone and settle halfway around the world for the summer. “I knew it would be life changing,” she said. The Howard County native was one of 24 young adults to participate in Baltimore Onward Israel, an eight-week summer internship program based in… Read More

Eating Together Program Still Vital and Still Kosher

More than 40 seniors sat down for a full kosher meal at Weinberg Village in Owings Mills on a recent Friday evening thanks to the Eating Together program, which serves seniors hot meals at 36 sites across Baltimore County and 59 sites in Baltimore City and in counties across the state. At Weinberg Village, and… Read More

Getting Connected

Last Friday, I tagged along with one of our photographers to a barbecue at Beth Am Synagogue Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg’s house, where we got some of the photos you’ll see in this week’s paper, including the cover photo. It was a Shabbat gathering for BAYITT, Beth Am’s 20s and 30s group, which davened after… Read More

Israeli Dancing Captures Essence of Jewish State

Echoing through Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School’s sleek-tiled hallway on Wednesday nights around 9 o’clock is an eclectic mixture of music. Notes of samba, the sounds of Greek bouzoukis, Arabic and Hebrew singing and Russian melodies carom down the hall, mingling together to give rhythm to, of all things, Israeli dance. The nine dancers of… Read More

Shalom, Baltimore!

What would make a native Floridian leave her home just minutes from Disney World, schelp up north and begin anew? A job, of course. Fresh out of college, I was more than ready to escape the choking humidity and tourist-clogged streets of my beloved Sunshine State. Don’t get me wrong, though. I’ll always be a proud… Read More

Josie Shaffer Joins BCPS Board of Ed to Bring Voices to the Votes

Keeping up her studies while being active in student government, local and national politics, philanthropy and the Jewish community seems a minor miracle in itself as Josie Shaffer takes on one more role: bringing student voices to the Baltimore County Board of Education. The exuberant 17-year-old Pikesville High senior was appointed recently to serve as… Read More

Cheswolde Hosts National Night Out

Baltimore City police descended on the 2800 block of Hanson Avenue on Aug. 9 in cars and trucks, some riding horses and motorcycles and two driving the city’s only armored rescue vehicle. They had been dispatched to a party but not to break it up; they were the party. The officers were the focus of… Read More

Hillel for All

As August draws to a close, universities across the country will welcome a new class of incoming freshmen to their campuses. For the next four years, these teens will master academic and social skills that will help them become productive members of our communities. At the same time, the next four years are a pivotal… Read More

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A Better Transit System for a Brighter Future

In October 2015, Gov. Larry Hogan announced BaltimoreLink — a transformative project aimed at converting the existing antiquated transit routes in the Baltimore area into a true transit network, operated by the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA). After 19 months of preparation and thanks to the dedication of more than 3,000… Read More


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