Cost of Doing Business

Newly elected Del. Hasan “Jay” Jalisi (D-District 10) describes himself as many things, but his role as property manager of some of the city’s largest apartment complexes has landed him in some hot water in the Baltimore area in the past, court and tax records show. In 1997, Jalisi began a company under the name… Read More

Right to Light Denied

Has anti-Semitism reared its ugly head in the Guilford community? Dr. Gary Pushkin and his wife, Kathy Abbott, believe it has, citing it as the reason their request to have a menorah displayed alongside the community’s “holiday tree” was denied. “They’ve had a Christmas tree there for years,” Pushkin said on Monday just hours before… Read More

Looking to the Future
Russel Family Generations project helps day schools raise millions

Baltimore took the lead in a project to shore up Jewish day schools with the six local participants of the Russel Family Generations Day School Endow- ment Project raising approximately $15 million in cash and commitments for their endowment funds. Baltimore’s institutions raised more than those in Boston, Los Angeles and New York, the three… Read More

Forging Bonds

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Congregants young and old from all over the city will gather to “rekindle, rejoice [and] rededicate,” as Beth Am synagogue celebrates its 40th anniversary with a weekend full of song, dance, food and memory. The grand Moorish-style building, designed by Joseph Evans Sperry, opened in 1922 as the home of Chizuk Amuno Congregation. When Chizuk… Read More

Chanukah and the Holidays
Families create meaning, tradition for their children

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Dozens of cars drove down Interstate 83 with giant electric menorahs on their roofs Tuesday night to mark the first night of Chanukah. The spectacle culminated in the lighting of a 30-foot menorah at McKeldin Square in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. While some feel such displays may oversell a Jewish holiday that isn’t as significant as… Read More

Rabbis Face Off
Respected D.C. Jewish leader goes to court in rare breach-of-contract dispute

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Two well-known D.C. rabbis squared off in civil court this week, resulting in the loser being virtually barred from George Washington University’s campus. “You can call up the president of the university and wish him Happy New Year,” was all Superior Court Judge Neal E. Kravitz said that Rabbi Yehuda Steiner, affectionately called “Yudi” by… Read More

Alan Gross Comes Home
Cuba releases Jewish-American contractor amid spy swap

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U.S. contractor Alan Gross, who was imprisoned by the Cuban government for five years, returned home to Maryland Wednesday in what was dubbed by many as a Chanukah miracle. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), who was informed Tuesday night by Vice President Joe Biden of Gross’ release, was at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George’s County… Read More

A Celebration for Everyone

For families with children of differing abilities, creating meaning in Jewish holidays can take on a lot of different forms. That’s why Canton resident Sharon Clark set out to create a new experience for her daughter, Sarah, 3, who is deaf, and other Jewish families with deaf children. Through the Schusterman Family Foundation, Clark won… Read More

Solidarity and Support

A group of about 170 lay leaders and supporters from Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) recently returned from a seven-day trip in Israel to show their support and appreciation, in person, to the women and men of the IDF. FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors to provide financial… Read More

Yesha Council Pushes for Alternative Solutions

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Israelis living in the West Bank have a message to politicians and world Jewry: The two-state solution is no solution. Members of the Yesha Council, an umbrella organization that represents the Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and, up until the 2005 Israeli disengagement, Gaza, have ramped up outreach in an effort to open up dialogue… Read More