Ian Alexander Scher: Young Light Shined Bright

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Ian Alexander Scher (Yitzak Avraham) passed away in his Pikesville home, surrounded by his loving family, on Thursday, Sept. 15 at approximately  7 a.m. Ian was 13 years old. According to his mother Marci, Ian had been challenged by myriad health complications throughout the course of his  unfortunately truncated but ultimately exuberant life. Wheelchair bound… Read More

Evolving Religions Parshat Nitzavim

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The Syrian refugee crisis has prompted public debate worldwide, especially in the U.S. presidential campaign, over the issue of immigration. Should a nation’s top priority be to meet the humanitarian needs of people attempting to flee a war zone? Or should it be to emphasize national security concerns stemming from the terroristic affiliations of a… Read More

Israelis Bring Art, Diplomacy to Balkan State

Siegel specializes in painting portraits on rocks. (Courtesy of Shirley Siegel)

Kotor, Montenegro, a town in on the Adriatic coast, was the scene this month of an effort to strengthen relations between the Balkan state and Israel. In an act of cultural diplomacy, Israel’s foreign ministry teamed up with a Montenegro-based American Jewish businessman to exhibit the work of two Israeli artists — one a Jew,… Read More

You Should Know … Diana Goldsmith

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Diana Goldsmith has been an active participant in the greater Baltimore Jewish community her entire life. An Owings Mills native, Goldsmith, 22, spent three years in HaSTY (Har Sinai Temple Youth) during high school, serving one year as religious cultural vice president and the other as president. She also played an instrumental role in the… Read More

A Matter of Faith

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Some have the custom of making predictions for the coming Jewish year in the days before Rosh Hashanah. But I am no prognosticator and will not presume to have the requisite wisdom or guts to hitch my reputation to the probability of future events. So on the eve of 5777, I will not make any… Read More

Messages for the New Year Seven rabbis talk High Holidays and sermons

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The High Holidays are a particularly heavy time of the year: a time for reflection, renewal, forgiveness and repentance for individuals, the Baltimore Jewish  community and the Jewish world at large. For rabbis in the Greater Baltimore area, there is no uniform approach to composing sermons for the High Holidays nor uniform topics to cover…. Read More

BHC Enlists CHAI for Future Planning

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After more than a year of discussions, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation has enlisted the assistance of a major community group to bring improvements to its aging infrastructure. In collaboration with Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. (CHAI), BHC since August has been in the initial stages of putting together a vision plan that will focus on renovating existing… Read More

Community Kibitz: Gefilte Fish

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This week the JT popped into three area Jewish eateries to ask customers about what turned out to be a rather ticklish subject: Do you like gefilte fish? Miller’s Deli, 2849 Smith Ave., Pikesville Chatting with the ladies who meet here every week to play mah-jongg. EILEEN GARFIELD (Pikesville): I make it from the can… Read More

Sweet! Honey of Job Attracts Local Artist

Kara Brook’s desire to make  her own art supplies has turned into a prosperous honey business that now  includes beauty products. (Provided)

With Rosh Hashanah right around the corner, the Jewish community will undoubtedly be stocking up on some essential staples such as apples and honey. The two sweet snacks represent the “sweet new year” that Jews look forward to, and ancient Jews thought the fruit had healing properties. While honey will be enjoyed at innumerable celebrations,… Read More