Hope for Peace

As the holiday season nears, so too do the opportunities to see friends and family, to worship together and to celebrate our Jewish history and heritage. Chanukah observance may vary a little from house to house, but some things remain constant: commemorating the miracle of the oil, the smell and sizzle of latkes and sufganiyot,… Read More

Hungarian Delegation Inspired by Beth Tfiloh

High school students at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School don’t know what it’s like to live in a communist country, but they received a glimpse from Hungarian teachers who have experienced it firsthand. After BT teachers traveled to Budapest earlier this year, Hungarian teachers from Jewish day school Scheiber Sandor Gimnazium returned the favor and… Read More

My Special Latkes

Anyone with a Jewish mother knows that no matter how old you get, they still get you “special” things. Whether they want you to wear your special Chanukah sweater or they made chicken just how you like it, the Jewish mother’s ability to accommodate her children is boundless and ageless. In my case, it means… Read More

If We Are Only for Ourselves, What Are We?

Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer has been criticized for his role in directing almost $50,000 of public safety Video Lottery Terminal slots funds to purchase a new patrol vehicle for Shomrim, the volunteer community watch group that serves areas of Baltimore City and Baltimore County, and $265,000 for a new ambulance for Hatzalah, a… Read More

The Complexities of the Jerusalem Decision

President Trump actually fulfilled yet another foreign policy campaign promise: the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by an American president. Am I witnessing a political miracle of tectonic proportions or is this explosive history in the making? Listening to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, you might be forgiven for thinking chickens… Read More

You Should Know… Erin Konheim Mandras

The irony is not lost on Erin Konheim Mandras. The wife, mother of three, soccer coach, motivational speaker and self- titled “Mommy Blogger” has a son with severe food allergies that, in turn, caused a feeding disorder. Mandras, as a college soccer star, developed anorexia, a dangerous eating disorder. So, mother and son share a… Read More

Community Expresses Frustration with Shomrim SUV

A meeting on the distribution of Video Lottery Terminal slots funds drew roughly 100 residents, community stakeholders and city officials to Pimlico Race Course last week. Attendees had questions about the SUV that had been presented to neighborhood watch group Shomrim at a Nov. 11 event at Congregation Shomrei Emunah. Some at the meeting challenged… Read More

How Jews on Left, Right Empower BDS

The BDS debacle at the University of Michigan proved once again that Jews can be their own worst enemies. Since 2002, the University of Michigan’s Central Student Government (CSG) has, on 10 occasions, rejected resolutions to support the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction the State of Israel. This month, however, for the first… Read More

You Should Know … Adam Yosim

After nearly a decade as a local TV news reporter, Adam Yosim was ready for a change. But the 30-year-old Carey, N.C., native wasn’t ready to leave Baltimore or to stop telling stories for a living. Instead of moving to his fourth city since graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in… Read More