Understanding Conversion

With all of the talk about the technicalities of conversion and the alleged abuse of the system, the core of what conversion is and why the process seems so convoluted has been lost. For any intelligent discussion to take place, it is essential that this be clarified. What is conversion? On the one hand, the… Read More

Parenting in the iPhone Age

Parenting has never been for the faint of heart. It takes tremendous mental and physical energy, and there are few, if any, breaks. It seems that in recent times, however, the ante has been upped. With the ever-expanding reach of the Internet, the kinds of trouble our kids can get into has mushroomed as we… Read More

Downtown Tribe
Jewish life grows, thrives in Baltimore City

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Jewish life is experiencing a renaissance downtown, and the Jewish establishments uptown are taking notice in a big way, investing in programming and renting spaces to cater to the lives of this new breed of city pioneers, culminating in the opening of a Jewish preschool. According to the 2010 Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Study conducted… Read More

Rabbis Unite!
Marylanders among thousands in New York to network, refuel at Chabad-Lubavitch conference

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Ask just about any shliach at the recent conference of Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis about what they get out of spending five days with their fellow rabbis and he will say “recharging the batteries.” “The shluchim conference is like the Rosh Hashanah of our outreach,” Rabbi Nochum Katsenelenbogen, director of Chabad of Owings Mills, said, using the… Read More

Lloyd Street Synagogue Celebrates Rededication

The Lloyd Street Synagogue has a rich history, dating to 1845. (Provided)

Baltimore’s historic Lloyd Street Synagogue celebrated the 50th anniversary of the rededication of its downtown Greek Revival building. Dubbed Synagogue Night, the Nov. 6 event drew 40 community members to a presentation given by Gary Zolah, executive director of the American Jewish Archives, titled “Profiles in American Jewish Courage.” In 1959, the city made plans… Read More

Step Right Up!
MIDC showcases Israeli products at Silver Spring show

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At first glimpse, it looked like a Lego toy, but the robot demonstrated at last week’s Showcase of Maryland-Israel Business in Silver Spring was the same one that swept the Gaza tunnels for explosives during this summer’s war between Israel and Hamas. And like so many of Israel’s hi-tech and national security inventions, this robot… Read More

Shock, Fear … and Resolve

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Until Tuesday morning, Har Nof for my family was an amalgam of different experiences, all of them positive. It’s where my wife went to seminary, where we had one of our first Shabbat meals after moving to Israel and where our kids always loved going for pizza — it had, according to our research in… Read More

‘Unity Through Diversity’

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Designer James Rouse’s vision for the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center when he planned the Columbia community in the 1970s was to bring together different faiths and exchange ideas, not just share the same roof. The current exhibit at the Meeting House Gallery there is a perfect example of that sentiment. The gallery fills the large… Read More

An Israeli Ambassador

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Tal Brody, star of the 1977 Israeli European championship team, visited students at Krieger Schechter Day School and Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School last week during a sweep through the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region. Nicknamed “Mr. Basketball,” Brody gave up a career in the NBA and made aliyah, eventually leading the Maccabi Tel Aviv team to… Read More

Horror in Har Nof

Israeli police and rescue workers remove the body of one of the four victims. One witness said, “This is one of the most shocking scenes ... people just bled out.” (Photos Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Robin Kahn and her husband, Simon, have lived in the Jerusalem suburban neighborhood of Har Nof for more than 22 years. This past Tuesday, their morning began like any other with Simon leaving at 7 o’clock for early morning prayer services at his synagogue. Normalcy ended soon thereafter. “He called me, which is strange because… Read More