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Alex VanNess

For more than a decade, Alex VanNess has been a proponent of positive dialogue about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Born and raised in Detroit, he ended up in Washington D.C., to practice political science at a lobbying firm. After working for a couple of congressmen, VanNess became the director of Middle East Peace and Security Policy… Read More

Shelley Morhaim. (Photo provided)

Incoming Arts Chair Prepares to Make Her Mark

Pikesville resident Shelley Morhaim is poised to make an impact on Maryland artists as the incoming chair of the Maryland State Arts Council, the organization that supports and promotes the arts across the state. Morhaim was appointed to the council by former governor Martin O’Malley in 2013 and re-appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan earlier this… Read More

Editorial Director

A Shining Light

This has certainly been a summer of transition for Jewish Baltimore, with departures of top officials at community institutions and area nonprofits. Earlier this month, the JT profiled Art Abramson, who stepped down in May after almost 26 years leading the Baltimore Jewish Council as its executive director. Two weeks later, we featured a cover… Read More

Associated president Marc Terrill with Associated Women campaign chair Nina Rosenzwog (left) and Associated campaign chair Nancy Kohn Rabin. (Photos provided)

Associated Announces New Board, Celebrates Fundraising

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore announced its new board and celebrated reaching its campaign goal at its annual meeting on June 22 at Beth Tfiloh Congregation. The organization reached its annual campaign goal of $30.6 million, and thanks to government funds, contributions from foundations and gifts for specific projects, The Associated raised $47… Read More

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz (holding scissors) marks the opening of a new 1.2-mile section of Owings Mills Boulevard. (Photo provided)

County Opens Final Owings Mills Boulevard Extension

Baltimore County officially opened the final extension of Owings Mills Boulevard on Thursday, June 16, completing the long-awaited connection between Owings Mills and the Liberty Road corridor. In his speech at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kam-enetz said, “If you think about it, life is really about connections — your family, your friends,… Read More

No Easy Answers in Orlando Bloodbath

Omar Mateen’s massacre of 49 patrons at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., appears to have touched more pressure points than any of the other well-known mass shootings in the last two decades. There is the hate crime of homophobia. Then there is Mateen’s pledge of allegiance to the so-called Islamic State in the heat… Read More

Zev Shields

Orlando Shooting Brings UMD Students Out of the Closet

Chaim Kalish was celebrating the Shavuot holiday when Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 patrons at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. It took the 24-year-old student at the University of Maryland at College Park only 15 minutes after the holiday ended to post a defiant response on Facebook: “I have a very BIG… Read More

UC Irvine Actually Safe Space for Jews

The Jewish students at the University of California-Irvine and our supporters took a strong stand this month, showing our campus community that we will not be intimidated or allow our vocal support for  Israel to be stifled. Last month, a pro-Israel event sponsored by the UC Irvine student organization, Students Supporting Israel (SSI), with support… Read More


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