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

The Universality of Loss: ‘Falling Out of Time’ World Premiere


There is assuredly no pain greater than losing a child. Israeli novelist and public intellectual David Grossman lost his youngest son, Uri, in the final hours of the second Lebanon War. His grief was primal, elemental and profoundly personal. But as an act of healing, Grossman sought to capture the universality of the grieving process… Read More

You Should Know … Celia Neustadt

Celia Neustadt (photo by Marc Shapiro)

From a young age, Celia Neustadt was aware of the stark differences between Baltimore City and Baltimore County. The 26-year-old was born and raised in Charles Village but went to Krieger Schechter Day School, giving her a unique perspective few people her age had. She attended Baltimore City College for high school, where she was… Read More

Happy Fun Purim! A Real Favorite

Hamantaschen (By Photo by David Stuck)

A group of Jewish women were recently asked what their favorite holiday was.  The majority answered, “Purim!”  Why?  Because it is fun, can be participated in by all ages and, oh those delicious hamantaschen. All of the princess gear available make the holiday a standout for girls with beautiful costumes to become Queen Esther. And… Read More