A Gaffe at the Gordon Center

The March 11 to 15 run of “Old Jews Telling Jokes” garnered five complaints.

When “Old Jews Telling Jokes” came to the Gordon Center for a series of performances in March, five actors paid tribute to Jewish humor. A handful of audience members got more than they bargained for, walking out after an offending joke involving Jesus on (and off) the cross. The joke, as told by producer Phil… Read More

Hate Crime or Not?

Last month, a Jewish George Washington University student posted a swastika to his fraternity’s bulletin board after returning from a spring break trip to India, where the swastika is considered an ancient good luck symbol. It didn’t have the effect he intended. GW President Steven Knapp referred the matter to the Metropolitan Police Department Hate… Read More

Four Crucial Years

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According to one storyline, the American Jewish community is losing the battle for the hearts and minds of college students. There’s plenty of evidence to support that conclusion, of course, what with the surge of resolutions supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel garnering votes among student groups. There’s also historically low… Read More

Pondering the Future

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Whether it be through parties, free food or even stipends, Jewish college students are being constantly courted by a number of different campus organizations at almost every local college. The organizations doing the courting? They’re not fraternities or sororities, they’re the many Jewish organizations vying for students’ attention. Towson University and Goucher College each have… Read More

Living Life Out Loud

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Michelle Shaivitz is a doer. She is a mother, wife and community activist who attacks problems with passion. “I am a huge believer in don’t complain about anything unless you’re willing to do something about it,” she said. “I have a lot of sayings that I live by, most of which, I stick them around… Read More

A Walk with Purpose

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At first, the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland was a place for Owings Mills residents Rose and Jeffrey Karlan to find resources and support, as their newborn son, Harrison, underwent dialysis for two nonfunctioning kidneys beginning three days into his life. In a short period of time, the foundation became a source of comfort and… Read More

McDaniel College Offers Free Tax Help

Accounting professor Susan Milstein helps students and a client with a simple tax return at McDaniel College’s free tax assistance program. (Marc Shapiro)

On a recent Thursday night in a computer lab at McDaniel College in Westminster, local clients were getting their tax returns done a few weeks ahead of the April 15 deadline. But this was no accounting firm, this was the college’s free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program in which students, who spend three Saturdays… Read More

Public Information Reform Moving Through House

Maryland lawmakers may soon pass a bill that amends the Maryland Public Information Act to create more oversight and further define the process by which the public can access public records. House Bill 755, sponsored by Del. Bonnie Cullison (D-District 19), is currently in the House Health and Government Operations Committee and should soon head… Read More

Stepping Up Her Game

Roland Park Country School senior Jenna Baverman will compete for Team Israel at the Women’s 2015 U19 Lacrosse World Championship in Scotland this summer. (Photos Provided)

On a chilly Sunday morning, the ground still wet from a recent snowfall, Jenna Baverman runs through lacrosse drills, showing off her speed, strength and intensity with every move. She radiates power borne out of long hours in the gym and a commitment to keeping her body in peak performance readiness. It is little wonder… Read More

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Alan Garten traveled to the campus of Goucher College last week with the hope of gaining a better understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in its most current incarnation. He walked away feeling more hopeful than ever. “I think it’s the only viable solution to keep Israel as a democratic and Jewish state,” he said of… Read More