You Should Know … Rebecca Ellison

Rebecca Ellison came to a realization — better yet, a reminder — of the career she desired after graduating from Towson University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. While scouring job postings online, she wanted two things: to help people and to work at a nonprofit. It didn’t take long for Ellison, 23,… Read More

Jewish Devotion

With the rhythm of the Jewish calendar bringing Shabbat every week and holidays to commemorate throughout the year, it’s easy for those of us who grew up Jewish to retain a sense of the religion’s beauty and meaning. But for some people who did not grow up with regular Jewish observance, this beauty can be… Read More

AVAM Gala Honors ‘Zookeeper’s Wife’ Author, Astronaut

Famed author Diane Ackerman says her gift is to be surprised all the time and to pay keen attention to her surroundings. “I wake up startled most days just to be alive on the planet that has golden doodles, parakeets, iguanas, prom dresses and everything else,” she said. “So it’s typical for me to get… Read More

Schleifer Goes On Attack After Crime Spike

Fed up with a recent crime surge in his district, Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer (D-District 5) says more action must be taken to address incidents such as home invasions and carjackings. In response, Schleifer sent an email to several hundred constituents asking them to email an impact statement to the Baltimore City State’s… Read More

Cardin, Stein Vow to Fight for Environment

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen, addressing a spirited group of about 20 activists at Van Gough Cafe in Southeast Baltimore on Monday, says Jews have an innate responsibility to safeguard the environment. “It is absolutely central to our Jewish thinking about the world that we have a responsibility to protect and to honor that… Read More

Freedom from Anti-Semitism a Civil Right? Congress Ponders the Question

Should U.S. law define anti-Semitism? The House Judiciary Committee on Nov. 7 heard from nine witnesses on the question, including the heads of several Jewish organizations. There was no unanimity. The committee was looking at the proposed Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which would add the State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism to Title VI of the 1964… Read More

You Should Know… Jake Max

Jake Max had a revelation after graduating from Emory University in 2016 with a bachelor’s in business. While he was applying to banks and consultancies and other institutions, he took a good look at the world. “And I didn’t like what I saw,” he said. “So I figured I am lucky enough that my parents… Read More

Baltimore Board of Rabbis: Studying, Teaching, Communing

The Baltimore Board of Rabbis, a collective of close to 60 rabbis of different denominations from around the metro area, functions as a rabbinical forum, study and networking group, but also offers Jewish education to the community. Although the board’s educational outreach has shifted somewhat following a recent funding change, board rabbis still teach a… Read More

A Higher Calling

When Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced his long-anticipated run for governor, he joined a crowded Democratic primary with eight other candidates, including a former NAACP president and CEO, Michelle Obama’s former policy director and the Prince George’s County Executive. All are hoping to take on highly popular Gov. Larry Hogan in next November’s general… Read More

Baltimore Shomrim Safety Patrol Celebrates 13 Years with Fundraiser

The Baltimore Shomrim Safety Patrol, the all-volunteer Orthodox citizen safety group that patrols the Upper Park Heights/ Greenspring/Pikesville corridor, is hosting its first fundraising banquet on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at Shomrei Emunah Synagogue, 6221 Greenspring Ave. The group started in 2004 when a rash of burglaries prompted community members to organize and, in partnership… Read More