Baltimore Native Barry Levinson Screens Newest Film at Md. Film Fest

One of Baltimore’s favored film sons (who is not John Waters) came back to his hometown to screen his newest movie, “Wizard of Lies.” The film, premiering on HBO on May 20, follows the rise and downfall of Bernie Madoff, who is played by Robert De Niro. Michelle Pfeiffer plays his wife, Ruth. Barry Levinson,… Read More

BHC Announces New Dues Model

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation announced earlier this month that it would be adopting a new dues structure for congregants following a year-long study of both its own and other congregations’ membership requirements. The biggest change is that BHC will make dues voluntary as opposed to compulsory for first-year members of any age and for congregants under… Read More

Jewish women’s organizations Come Together for 101st Convention

The Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations in Maryland hosted its 101st convention May 11 at Temple Oheb Shalom, attracting a couple hundred women and grappling with how to keep their organizations relevant in today’s world. The federation is home to nearly 30 Jewish women’s organizations — mostly congregation sisterhoods and service organizations — and celebrated… Read More

The Case for a Smaller City Council

Baltimore City faces an understaffed police force, an underfunded public school system and an underpopulated city that is at its lowest in 100 years. The oversized and expensive Baltimore City Council is always brainstorming to find solutions to its never-ending problem of the city’s budget shortfall in revenue. On Nov. 6, 2018, Baltimore City voters… Read More

International Tanach Competition Rewards ‘Dedicated’ Beth Tfiloh Student

Caleb Gitlitz knows his Bible. The eighth-grader from Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School held his own in this year’s Bible knowledge contest known as Chidon HaTanach, finishing in the top eight of the international portion. Gitlitz, who competed with 73 other finalists from 39 countries, was one of just four to represent the United States… Read More

Jacques Fein: 1938 – 2017

Jacques Fein, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died peacefully on May 11, 2017 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Howard County, Maryland after suffering a stroke at the age of 78. Jacques is survived by his wife, Judee Iliff, his sister, Annette Fein and his children and their spouses: Rachel (Lee) Burrows, Matt (Kelly) Fein and… Read More

Cohen Joins Israel Bonds as New Director

The Development Corporation for Israel (DCI) last week welcomed Steven A. Cohen as the new executive director of Israel Bonds in Maryland. Cohen’s appointment follows the retirement of Alan S. Dorenfeld in March. “Steven has been a dedicated supporter of Israel and Jewish causes for many years, and we are pleased to welcome him to… Read More

Cool Off, Chill Out, Get Away

As the weather warms and days lengthen, it’s time to take a break. No time for a cross-country trip or an international jaunt? Try some cultural, arts and just plain fun venues in your own backyard. • Have you ventured into Ellicott City lately to see its rebirth from last year’s devastating flood? The Chesapeake… Read More

At Mercy: Cutting-Edge Care, Compassionate Staff

Mercy Medical Center has been at the center of medical care in the heart of Baltimore since six Sisters of Mercy led by Sister Mary Augustine Gwynne arrived in the city to take charge of Baltimore City Hospital in 1874. Since then, the institution has thrived and is now widely acknowledged as a leading health… Read More

Baltimore City Council Hearing Focuses on Human Trafficking

Moniquika Sutton had been roaming the streets for days in search of food, shelter and safety. She simply had nowhere else to go. After the Baltimore resident was cut off from her family, had her son taken away and was left homeless, her soon-to-be pimp offered her a way out. “He asked if I wanted… Read More