Continuing a Legacy Day school thrives in former Beth Jacob building

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Children wearing crowns decorated with glitter rode their bicycles and scooters into the courtyard of their school on Park Heights Avenue and dashed inside for an icy treat and further Lag B’Omer celebrations. Whether children would be seen at all in the large building that was once the home of Beth Jacob Congregation, a pillar… Read More

Seasons Preparing for Baltimore Store Demolition work is underway for a new kosher market

Contractors demolish the inside of the former Office Depot at 1628 Reisterstown Road to make way for the new Seasons kosher market. (Photos by Marc Shapiro)

New York-based kosher grocer Seasons is preparing to open its first store outside of its home state. Contractors are at work demolishing the interior of the building at 1628 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville, the former site of an Office Depot. Seasons officials have not said when the store will open. It will join four others… Read More

Thanks But No Thanks

Malik Shabazz, of Black Lawyers for Justice, leads protesters through Baltimore. Many community leaders questioned his motives and presence in the city. (NOAH SCIALOM/EPA/Newscom)

Attorney Malik Shabazz, founder and president of Black Lawyers for Justice (BLFJ) in Washington, D.C., planned rallies in Baltimore amid many locally organized events during the days following the death of Freddie Gray. One BLFJ event erupted in violence, as crowds dispersed at the end of a march on April 25; Shabazz was heckled to… Read More

Religious Action Center Welcomes New Leader Washington confab highlights Reform movement’s activism

Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Rabbi David Saperstein (left), Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs (center) and Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Director Rabbi Jonah Pesner. (Photo Pat Jarrett)

Though the Reform movement’s social action arm has a new leader, the goals of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism remain the same. Close to 400 clergy and Reform movement activists packed the DoubleTree hotel in Arlington, Va., April 26 during the RAC’s three-day Consultation on Conscience to thank Rabbi David Saperstein for his… Read More

5K or Bouquet Unique ways to commemorate Mother’s Day

Participants in the Maryland Half Marathon and 5K, founded by Michael Greenebaum and Jon Sevel of Pikesville, are raising funds for the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, a research and teaching facility gifted by Greenebaum’s father, Stewart, and named in honor of his mother, Marlene, a two-time breast cancer survivor. Now… Read More

Maintaining the Moral Center State Sen. Raskin running for Congress

State Sen. Jamie Raskin is among a field of Democrats seeking to replace Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who is running for the U.S. Senate. (Provided)

At his campaign kick-off, Maryland state Sen. Jamie Raskin  declared that his “ambition is not to be in the political center.” “My ambition,” said the congressional candidate, “is to be in the moral center.” It’s a refrain that Raskin, who is Jewish and who is seeking the seat being vacated by Rep. Chris Van Hollen… Read More

Written in Blood South African man’s dedication to giving hits 53-year mark

Every eight weeks like clockwork, Dennis Kahlberg enters the blood transfusion clinic near his home in Johannesburg, South Africa to donate a unit of blood. This spring, after 53 years of donating, Kahlberg gave his 300th unit, totaling 142 liters — or 28 times the amount of blood found in a human body. Kahlberg was… Read More

Hanging on to Heritage Baltimore’s Iranian Jewish population maintains identity decades after fleeing

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The chorus of 30 men engaged in their morning prayer rituals filled the bottom floor room at Ohr Hamizrach Congregation Sephardic Center just before 7 a.m. on a Monday. The men, some of whom have been there since 5 a.m. to study Talmud, joined together for the Torah service around 7:30 a.m., when a Torah… Read More

Protests and Peace Baltimore’s Jewish community engages in marches, vigils to promote justice for all

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Following the announcement on May 1 from Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby that six police officers were charged in the death of Sandtown resident Freddie Gray, downtown streets were host to several demonstrations and rallies, each demanding a follow-through of justice and calling for calm and peace to return to a fractured city. About… Read More

Senate Candidates Square Off Van Hollen’s history contrasts with Edwards’ grassroots ideology

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (left) and Terry O’Neill, NOW president, listen as Rep. Donna Edwards makes a point.

Rep. Donna Edwards was the first to take a direct swipe at her main Democratic rival for the open seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Speaking Sunday at a candidates forum in Rockville hosted by the Maryland chapter of the National Organization for Women, the Prince George’s County Democrat and District 4 congressional… Read More