Shalom, Baltimore!

What would make a native Floridian leave her home just minutes from Disney World, schelp up north and begin anew? A job, of course. Fresh out of college, I was more than ready to escape the choking humidity and tourist-clogged streets of my beloved Sunshine State. Don’t get me wrong, though. I’ll always be a proud… Read More

Josie Shaffer Joins BCPS Board of Ed to Bring Voices to the Votes

Keeping up her studies while being active in student government, local and national politics, philanthropy and the Jewish community seems a minor miracle in itself as Josie Shaffer takes on one more role: bringing student voices to the Baltimore County Board of Education. The exuberant 17-year-old Pikesville High senior was appointed recently to serve as… Read More

Cheswolde Hosts National Night Out

Baltimore City police descended on the 2800 block of Hanson Avenue on Aug. 9 in cars and trucks, some riding horses and motorcycles and two driving the city’s only armored rescue vehicle. They had been dispatched to a party but not to break it up; they were the party. The officers were the focus of… Read More

Hillel for All

As August draws to a close, universities across the country will welcome a new class of incoming freshmen to their campuses. For the next four years, these teens will master academic and social skills that will help them become productive members of our communities. At the same time, the next four years are a pivotal… Read More

Howard County Raises More Than $10K for Ugandan Jewish Community

The Jewish Federation of Howard County and the Howard County Board of Rabbis have raised more than $10,000 since 27 to feed a community of malnourished Ugandan Jews. More startlingly, said Meghann Schwartz, associate director for the Federation, was that the fundraiser’s $10,000 goal was met in only five-and-a-half days after it started. Many residents… Read More

Baltimore Native Awarded Regeneron Prize for Medical Research

Graduate student Ori Lieberman read his email in disbelief on July 13. After a prestigious nationwide competition, the 26-year-old discovered that he was a recipient of the Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation. Lieberman was one of two early-career biomedical scientists to receive the award, which also came with a $50,000 cash prize. “I was shocked,”… Read More

JADE ASL Group Seeks More Captioning in Jewish Programs

The Center for Jewish Education’s JADE program, which stands for Jewish Advocates for Deaf Education, held its monthly ASL Meetup on Monday at the Park Heights JCC to discuss how to make Jewish-centered films and videos more accessible to people with hearing loss. About 20 people attended the American Sign Language Meetup, held in the… Read More

Baltimore Native Journeys to Israel to Work With At-Risk Youth

Esther Kuperman didn’t realize just how much of an impact she had on her Israeli campers until her last day as a counselor. “It was really the goodbyes that put it into perspective,” said Kuperman, a Jewish education major at Yeshiva University. “Something I did worked, and that was really meaningful.” The Baltimore native was… Read More

Family Fulfills Dream of Moving to Israel

The Foxes are enjoying their new lives in Israel after leaving Baltimore to start afresh. Pushing luggage heaped high on carts, Calen and Rachel Fox and their three children, ages 7, 4 and 2½ months, made aliyah on July 19. Neither Calen, 33, nor Rachel, 30, both medical professionals, had a job awaiting them, but… Read More

Local Russian Jews on Russia in the News

Every day Russia makes the headlines. A recent sample from major news sites produced: “Putin orders reduction of 755 personnel at U.S. missions in Russia” (Baltimore Sun), “Pence takes tough tone on Russia after Putin retaliates against sanctions” (Washington Post), “Pence Delivers Tough Speech on ‘Unpredictable’ Russia” (Wall Street Journal). In light of all of… Read More