Syrian Refugee Crisis Safety concerns, Jewish ethics guide attitudes toward helping those in need

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Saturday morning, a few days after the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg of Beth Am used his Shabbat sermon time to invite an open discussion about the brutal and tragic incidents that occurred throughout the city and their aftermath. Several people expressed their anger and concern about the way Syrian… Read More

Split Decision in Stevenson Chabad Case Court order ruled that proposed synagogue meets some requirements, possibly violates others

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The case concerning whether a Chabad-Lubavitch congregation can build a synagogue on Stevenson Road will be heard before the Baltimore County Board of Appeals. Attorneys for both the neighborhood opposition and the congregation appealed the opinion and order rendered by Administrative Law Judge John Beverungen on Jan. 12. Rabbi Velvel Belinsky aims to build a… Read More

Flashback: Alan Lazerow

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Alan Lazerow, 32, grew up in Frederick, Md., but his parents were accustomed to the energetic Jewish community of Baltimore. Still, when they found out about Camp Shoresh, located in Adamstown, Md., just minutes from Frederick, they sent Lazerow to the Jewish summer camp from a young age. Thirty years later, Lazerow, a Baltimore attorney,… Read More

Big Money Capital Camps awarded $100,000 grant

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For its groundbreaking work in the personal and professional development of its staff, a local Jewish summer camp was awarded a signature grant from a leading Jewish education philanthropy. The Covenant Foundation awarded Capital Camps and Retreat Center a $100,000 grant over two years to develop the Institute for Leadership and Learning, a national fellowship… Read More

Pick a Camp, Any Camp Directors chime in on overnight or day camp

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It has been well established that children who attend Jewish summer camp are much more likely to be engaged Jewishly as adults. But the next question — which hasn’t received as much attention — is how much difference is there between overnight and day camp in that outcome? “I’d be hard-pressed to say it doesn’t… Read More

‘Wires Down,’ Heads Held High Krieger Schechter wins BGE video contest

The fourth-grade class that won BGE’s “Wires Down” contest poses for a photo with a check for $10,000. (photo by Justin Katz)

Students at Krieger Schechter Day School were treated to a surprise at the end of a Jan. 14 school assembly, when Baltimore Gas and Electric COO and president Stephen Woerner announced that the school’s fourth-grade class won the company’s “Wires Down” video contest. “The ‘Wires down’ video contest is all about reintroducing a very effective… Read More

A Danger Not in Plain Sight Local leaders discuss Anne Arundel County’s human-trafficking epidemic

Leaders from across Anne Arundel County — and Maryland — gathered at Congregation Kneseth Israel on Wednesday, Jan. 13 for a discussion on how to combat human trafficking in the state. The forum was sponsored by the Maryland League of Women Voters and the Annapolis Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, among other… Read More

Seeking Passion

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Lost to most people — at least those who were not at the Capitol last Tuesday night or were not watching President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address on C-SPAN — was a touching few minutes spent by the president as he walked up the aisle and out of the House of Representatives… Read More