Deadline Approaching for Diller Teen Awards

Baltimore teens have three weeks left to levy their volunteer work for a $36,000 scholarship from the Helen Diller Family Foundation. The deadline for nominations for the annual Tikkun Olam Awards is Dec. 14. The contest seeks to recognize and reward Jewish teens for exemplary volunteerism and commitment to the cause of perfecting the world…. Read More

Study: Women Give More


It’s long been known that religiously affiliated individuals give more than their secularly identified counterparts, but a new report from Indiana University’s Women’s Philanthropy Institute challenges the prevailing conventional wisdom that faith is the primary impetus for giving. As it turns out, gender and age also play a role. The “Women Give 2014” report concludes… Read More

Iconic Pushke Gets Upgrade


The Jewish National Fund announced earlier this year a new version of its charity-collecting pushke — the Blue Box, as it is best known. Over the years, the Blue Box has been an iconic symbol for American Jews of their link to the Jewish state. “More than a century old, our little Blue Box is… Read More

2 Generations, 1 Goal

When I was growing up, the go-to act of generosity in our house was “put some money in the pushke.” No matter the occasion — illness, big test at school, job interview, Shabbat — my mom would always remind us to tie this act of micro-philanthropy to our important moments in life. I never knew… Read More

Three Cheers for City’s Embrace of #GivingTuesday

Telling Baltimoreans to embrace #GivingTuesday is like preaching to the choir. Perhaps more than any other city, and any other Jewish community, Baltimore has embraced the social media movement to change the conversation from consumerism to giving. Last year on Dec. 3 — #GivingTuesday is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving — the city raised $5.7… Read More

90 Years of ‘Proud’ History

On behalf of the board of directors and staff of Central Scholarship, thank you for recognizing our first 90 years in “Still Going Strong at 90” (Oct. 10). Your article and timeline did a wonderful job explaining our history, of which we are most proud. We clearly recognize that this milestone is an uncommon accomplishment,… Read More

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks to Speak at Beth Tfiloh


Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, will speak to teenagers at the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School on Friday, Nov. 7. Sacks, a global religious leader, philosopher and author of more than 25 books, will give a d’var Torah to the entire high… Read More

Weinberg House Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Dressed in their best, residents and staff of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg House in Pikesville celebrated the planned senior community’s 20th anniversary Wednesday evening. The celebration began at 5 o’clock with hors d’oeuvres and alcohol-free “mocktails,” followed one hour later by speeches from those involved with Weinberg from the beginning and planned remarks from… Read More

Verbal Assault


As fallout from anonymous Obama administration officials’ insults toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues, advocates for people with disabilities are calling on the White House to issue a separate apology for officials’ reported use of the word “Aspergery” in their description of the Israeli prime minister. Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, CEO of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization… Read More

Is Jerusalem in Israel?


All a 12-year-old boy born in Jerusalem to American parents wants is the right to list “Israel” as his place of birth on his passport. But at times during oral arguments Monday before the United States Supreme Court in Zivotofsky v. Kerry, the debate swelled to include the government’s balance of powers as well as… Read More