Blooming with Innovation

Dr. Tuvia Friling is researching the life of Baltimorean Dr. Joseph Schwartz, who according to Friling, is a forgotten hero in the history of rescuing European Jews. Friling will publish a book about Schwartz’s life next year. (Melissa Gerr)

The mid-winter board meeting of the American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev convened in Baltimore this month to discuss the research of BGU’s staff and even explore a deep, albeit mysterious, Baltimore connection as part of the organization’s “Blooming with Innovation” program. Dr. Tuvia Friling, a senior researcher at BGU’s Research Institute for the… Read More

Jewish Doctor Bids for Vitale’s Seat

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Emergency room physician Ron Elfenbein is bidding for the hotly contested state delegate seat in Anne Arundel County’s 33rd District, which was left vacant when former Republican Del. Cathy Vitale was sworn in as a county circuit court judge appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan. Vitale resigned on Monday, Feb. 23 upon assuming the bench. According… Read More

A Funding Fight

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson hosts the media on Feb. 23 to discuss the need for a clean, full-year Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015. (Official DHS photo by Barry Bahler.)

As attacks on and threats levied against Jewish communities are on the rise around the world, a fight is raging in Congress over the funding of the Department of Homeland Security. Now, Jewish communal officials and security experts in the United States are beginning to worry that the possibility of a departmental shutdown would strip… Read More

Lifelong Learning in Harford County Melton School expands to Temple Adas Shalom

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Over the course of four years, 27 adults in Harford County are aiming to complete 100 hours of Jewish learning. Through the expansion of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, now housed at the Macks Center for Jewish Education, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, in Park Heights, members of… Read More

Shomrim’s Watchful Eye Patrol group embraces community’s concerns, challenges

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For many in Baltimore’s Jewish community, a call to Shomrim precedes even a call to police when someone spots suspicious activity. The community watch group — one of at least three dedicated to protecting the bulk of the Jewish community in Northwest Baltimore — is growing. “The organization is growing both in profile and community… Read More

B1G-time Champions

The Maryland women’s basketball team poses with their coaches, UMD President Wallace D. Loh and school mascot Testudo in front of the Big Ten Conference trophy. ( Maryland Athletics)

The University of Maryland women’s basketball team clinched the Big Ten Conference championship, and with the team’s victory over Penn State Monday evening, the Terps are on their way to a perfect debut season in their new conference. Ranked No. 5 in the nation (24-2 overall, 16-0 in the Big Ten Conference), Maryland was guaranteed… Read More

Sober Purim

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While many people can’t wait to crack open the booze each Purim, some in Baltimore’s Jewish community find themselves in a difficult situation, struggling to balance a recovery from addiction with a religious tradition. “I think Purim is, in some ways, an exception to prove a rule, which is that, by and large, our approach… Read More

Taking Matters into Our Own Hands

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The story of Purim is one of deliverance, of the miraculous change in fortune of a persecuted people who maintained their faith through the most trying of times. That we can celebrate it today is a testament to the Persian Jewish community’s self-sacrifice of more than 2,300 years ago and an inspiration for the millions… Read More

Payback PLO, PA found liable; must compensate American victims of terror

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A federal jury in New York found the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority (PA) liable in a civil lawsuit over terrorist attacks perpetrated in Israel during the second intifada more than a decade ago. The jury at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan found the… Read More

New Hope for BOAST

Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, pictured with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), participated in a National School Choice Week rally in Washington, D.C., last month with more than 200 students, parents, teachers and advocates, all pushing for increased support of private schools. (Provided)

Many in Baltimore’s Jewish day school community were treated to a pleasant surprise recently when Republican Gov. Larry Hogan announced in his first State of the State address that he plans to lead the effort to pass the long-debated Building Opportunities for All Students and Teachers (BOAST) in Maryland Tax Credit. “[BOAST] provides tax credits… Read More