Miriam’s Cup Runneth Over, Filled with Associated Women’s Spirit

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The camaraderie and kinship among more than 300 celebrants was palpable at Temple Oheb Shalom, site of the Associated Women’s “The Freedom to Create Passover Experience” this month. “Being in a room with 320 women is the most empowering feeling in the world,” said Susan Manekin, who co-chaired the event with Jill Max. “There’s just… Read More

Navigating Your Own Map: Torah Study Firmly in Hands of Student

Rabbi David Fohrman

Rabbi David Fohrman wants you “to be floored by the depth of the Bible” and to plumb those depths firsthand, but not solely through the interpretations of Talmudic scholars such as Rashi and the Ramban. Fohrman presented his third book, “The Exodus You Almost Passed Over,” which employs his simple yet sophisticated approach to study,… Read More

ARIEL Jewish Center Celebrates Purim Downtown

Rabbi Velvel Belinsky displays a mix of American patriotism and  Jewish heritage by dressing up as Uncle “Shmuel” during ARIEL’s Purim party at Kali’s Court in Fells Point. (Justin Katz)

Uncle Sam, a pirate and a presidential candidate walk into a bar in downtown Baltimore; they spend the night taking photos, shaking groggers and eating hamantaschen. “Since we started planning the party, we have seen an overwhelming response from our community,” said Rabbi Velvel Belinsky, director of the ARIEL Jewish Center, an affiliate of Chabad-Lubavitch… Read More

National Hillel Basketball Tournament Scores Record Numbers

Board members are all smiles after another successful tournament. The National Hillel Basketball  Tournament is student-run and had 18 board members this year. (Lisa Appelbaum of Photography By Lisa)

Bringing in more than 2,400 Jewish collegiate basketball players, coaches and fans from around the country requires an ambitious checklist: 18 go-getting students willing to balance their lives with the details and work required to host a competitive tournament; a concert featuring  Matisyahu and Nadim Azzam; and a seemingly infinite supply of Gatorade. The National… Read More

Anat Hoffman’s Words on Equality, Prayer Resonate with Area Supporters

Anat Hoffman (Melissa Gerr)

Although Baltimore Hebrew Congregation members Phyllis Lederman, Karan Engerman and Helene Waranch and Beth El Congregation member Sheila Derman have heard Anat Hoffman’s impassioned words before, they weren’t about to miss her speaking again, this time at Temple Oheb Shalom last month. Hoffman is executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center, the legal and… Read More