Why Israelis are ditching Turkey for Georgia

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TBILISI, Georgia — Rabbi Rakhmim Murdukhashvili had come to think of a crowded synagogue as a distant childhood memory. In 1979, the year he was born, the Jewish population of Georgia was more than 28,000. But during his lifetime the Jewish population has dwindled to just 4,000 as the republic coped with war and instability… Read More

Serving the Region Jews from three states, Washington, D.C., team up during month of service

Preschoolers from the JCC help decorate a sukkah at Weinberg Park Assisted Living.
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For the fourth consecutive year, volunteers from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., are participating in a number of service projects as part of the Governor’s Day to Serve. Among the Baltimore contribution is a concerted effort by Jewish Volunteer Connection, including activities that range from a month-long food drive at the Park Heights… Read More

‘Women of Power’ Concert Artists of Baltimore opens Maestro Series at Gordon Center with eclectic lineup

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Entering his 29th year as founder and artistic director of Concert Artists of Baltimore, Maestro Edward Polochick has assembled a delicious, eclectic musical evening for the first concert of the Maestro Series on Oct. 3 at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts. Polochick promises the audience will leave the concert “feeling like their souls have… Read More

Dreaming Big Local teen looking to teach peers about finance

Tal Boger, 14, is crowdfunding the money necessary to publish a book aimed at kids to teach the basics of investing.
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Most parents can expect their teenagers to spend their birthday money on video games or going out with friends. But Tal Boger, 14 and a recent graduate of Krieger Schechter Day School, is not a typical teenager. “I bought my first mutual fund when I was 7 and my first stock when I was 9,”… Read More

Lauren Chornock Gluck will be 2015 Friedman Fellow

Gaithersburg resident Lauren Chornock Gluck, regional director of logistics and Baltimore Day School coordinator for the Atlantic Seaboard Region of the Orthodox Union’s international youth program NCSY, was accepted into the 2015 Friedman Fellowship Program at the Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development at the Weinberg Center in Baltimore. “I am honored to be… Read More

Law Enforcement Lounge Opens in Pikesville

Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum at his newly opened law enforcment lounge 
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Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum, director of the Jewish Uniformed Services Association, opened a law enforcement lounge in the Pikesville Plaza building at the corner of Reisterstown Road and Slade Avenue to welcome officers during their time off. “The law enforcement member could come in between shifts or when they needed some down time,” said Tenebaum, who… Read More

Beth Tfiloh or Beth AIPAC?

Rabbinic huckster Shmuely Boteach — complete with his own bobblehead doll, available for purchase on his own website — self-brands as America’s rabbi. If that is the case, then localite Rabbi Mitch Wohlberg is AIPAC’s rabbi and Beth Tfiloh, the congregation which he serves, should be renamed Beth AIPAC (“Time for Action: AIPAC CEO addresses… Read More

With Zionism, Jews Need a History Lesson

Under the surface of your recent article about a Red Emma’s customer offended by the lack of Zionist books (“MICA Student Admonished for Pro-Israel Views at Coffee Shop,” Sept. 11), there are revealing insights into our community’s psychology. The incident itself seems to be more about this customer’s demand to educate unwilling coffee shop employees… Read More

Slap in the Face to NPT Nations

Saul Edelman’s comments in his Sept. 18 Your Say letter are simply ludicrous. As a grossly distorted parody of my Your Say words (“The Iran Deal: An Outrage, Insult”, Sept. 4), they are reprehensible. To set the record straight, approximately 190 nations, including Iran and the U.S., are party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation… Read More

A Missed Opportunity for Healing

I read with interest the “Personal Statement of Apology” made by Rabbi Barry Freundel in the Sept. 11th Balitmore Jewish Times. As a social worker with 30 years of clinical experience, I had hoped the rabbi might have explained, especially to the victims and the Jewish community in which he was revered, what drove him… Read More