Ohr Chadash Certified Green

Randi Orshan, director of teaching and learning at Ohr Chadash Academy, speaks about the school’s green efforts at an event where the Pearlstone Center honored the school. (Provided)

Ohr Chadash Academy, an Orthodox Jewish day school for students in preschool through eighth grade, was recently certified a Green School through the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE). The school will be honored alongside other new Green Schools on May 13. Ohr Chadash was honored by the Pearlstone Center as its Green… Read More

Leotta Honored at Fallen Heroes Day

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz (right) gives his regards to Noah Leotta’s parents (from left), Marcia Goldman and Richard Leotta, and sister Shana. (Marc Shapiro)

To say Friday, May 6 was a bittersweet day for the family of Noah Leotta — a Montgomery County police officer who died in December of injuries sustained when he was struck by a drunk driver — would be a drastic understatement. Leotta, a brother to Shana and a son to Richard Leotta and Marcia… Read More

Howard County Synagogue Adopts Voluntary Dues

Columbia Jewish Congregation, a Reconstructionist synagogue, has voted to change the structure of its dues system from a mandatory system to a voluntary commitment, which allows members to pledge as much money as they choose. The congregation voted for the change May 1, at its annual meeting. The committee that recommended the change said in… Read More

Fight and Flight Documentary Tells Triumph of American Pilots in Israel’s War for Independence

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There are many ways to honor Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, but one Pikesville synagogue chose to shine a light on a little-known (and unsanctioned) post-World War II operation that proved critical in the creation of the Jewish state. Beth El Congregation, in partnership with the Center for Jewish Education, hosted a screening the… Read More

They Voted Cruz, Now What?

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Ted Cruz might be out of the presidential race, but Republican Jews who supported the tough talking Texas senator during the primary say they plan to vote according to their conscience in November by supporting the candidate who cares most about their core concerns: illegal immigration and national security. For them, that means supporting businessman… Read More

Stay Holy as a Jew Parshat K’doshim, Leviticus 19:1-20:27

If a dictator came to power in the U.S., people were being killed constantly and there were bombings every hour, how would you feel? What would you do? People are experiencing that right now, in Syria, and other places around the world. As Jews, we have the responsibility to help when someone is in need… Read More

Inspiring Women

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It’s been 14 years since the unprecedented election of four women to the U.S. Senate led reporters and the public to dub 1992 the Year of the Woman, but here in Baltimore — even without the presence of presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton at the top of the Democratic ticket — an equal claim could be… Read More

The Holocaust’s Youngest Survivors

Holocaust survivors (from left) Eva Clarke, Mark Olsky and Hana Berger Moran were on hand during the annual Days of Remembrance ceremony held in the U.S. Capitol on May 5. (Photo by Daniel Schere)

Hana Berger Moran, Mark Olsky and Eva Clarke, all 71, have more in common than just their age. They were all born in or on their way to Nazi concentration camps, making them among the youngest survivors of the Holocaust. The three are also subjects of the book “Born Survivors,” by British writer Wendy Holden…. Read More

Israeli Lives Matter

Within hours after the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, landmarks around the globe — including the Eiffel Tower, Brandenburg Gate, Trevi Fountain and the World Trade Center — were bathed in lights showing the red, yellow and black of the Belgian flag — much as the French flag appeared after the Paris attacks last November…. Read More

Jewish Teenagers Want to Engage, Just Ask Them

NEW YORK — Welcoming teens into Jewish life is both one of the most important and seemingly challenging endeavors of the Jewish community. The rapid decline in teen engagement in Jewish life post-b’nai mitzvah is well documented and depressing. It’s also an entirely reversible trend, but only if the Jewish community approaches teen engagement in… Read More