JCC’s Shabbat Decision Causes Concern

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The Rosenbloom Owings Mills Jewish Community Center’s recent decision to open earlier on Saturdays has caused some concern for community members over respect for Shabbat. Beginning in the early 1990s, the facility’s outdoor pools have been open on Saturdays, and since 2009, the JCC has opened at 1 p.m. on Saturdays, but the board voted… Read More

You Should Know … Dan Samuels

Dan Samuels (Photo by Adam Barry)

Since 2006, Dan Samuels has been working behind the scenes and on stage to enrich the Baltimore music scene. The 28-year-old Bucks County, Pa., native provides the drums for local bands Brooks Long and the Mad Dog No Good, J Pope and Funk Friday and the Bumper Jacksons. Samuels also works as an organizer for… Read More

Israel Takes Anti-Boycott Fight to Halls of UN

The United Nations hosted an anti-BDS summit at its New York City headquarters, May 31, 2016. (Shahar Azran)

It was an incongruous sight: The U.N. General Assembly hall filled to capacity with 1,500 cheering people waving miniature Israeli flags and singing “Hatikvah,” Israel’s national anthem. No, hell hadn’t frozen over. The occasion was a one-day conference hosted by Israel’s U.N. mission devoted to fighting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against the Jewish… Read More

An American Interest

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Check your Facebook page or your Twitter feed and you’d be forgiven for thinking that the fate of Israel and of the wider Jewish world hinges on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election this November. The messages, while discordant — presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump (or presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton or longshot candidate… Read More

Rock the Block

The threat of rain didn’t stop more than 3,000 people from attending the JCC’s third annual Community Block Party. Although the party was moved inside the Owings Mills JCC, attendees interacted with about 80 partners and sponsors and about 25 vendors selling everything from food to wares to jewelry and art, spread out from the… Read More

Clash of Countries, Mix of Cultures

Lyubov Ostrovska and Vitaly Kroner (Photo by Justin Katz)

Lyubov Ostrovska and Vitaly Kroner have shaped their careers based on the needs of the societies in which they’ve lived. Ostrovska has worked as a biologist in both an academic and research-based environment, developing a method for cancer treatment. Kroner was an electrical engineer for nearly two decades before purchasing a tax office in 2007…. Read More

Rice, Mayors Highlight AJC Global Forum

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More than 2,700 Jews from 70 countries packed the Washington Hilton earlier this week for the American Jewish Committee’s annual Global Forum, which brings together leaders from around the world to discuss major issues of concern for the Jewish community. Highlighting the three-day conference was a “world leader’s plenary” session on Monday night that featured… Read More

Hello Jewish Times

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This is Marc Shapiro. You probably already know me, having seen my byline in the paper or having met me out in the community. I’ve been at the Baltimore Jewish Times for almost three years, coming in as a staff writer and working as senior reporter for the past year and a half. I’m happy… Read More

You Should Know … Shlomo Bolts

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For nearly a decade, Shlomo Bolts, 27, has been an activist for human rights and against war atrocities as well as a proponent of Jewish-Arab dialogue. Born in New Jersey and raised Orthodox Jewish in Miami, he attended Jewish day school. He became involved in Middle East issues at Columbia University, where he majored in… Read More