BT Students Place First, Second in National Bible Contest

Caleb Gitlitz came in first place in the English division. (Photos provided)

Two seventh-graders from Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School took top honors at Chidon Ha-Tanach, the U.S. National Bible Contest for Jewish Youth. Caleb Gitlitz and Ryan Joseph came in first and second place, respectively, in the English division at the contest. Gitlitz will compete in the international competition in Israel next year. The contest, in… Read More

Modern-Day Moses Dr. Bessie Moses opened Baltimore’s first birth control clinic and shaped a movement

Dr. Bessie Moses opened the first birth control clinic in Baltimore almost 90 years ago, which later became Planned Parenthood of Maryland. (Planned Parenthood Collection, University of Baltimore Langsdale Library Special Collections)

In 1926, 46 years before the right to contraception would be federally recognized for all (both married and unmarried) and 90 years before Maryland would pass the most comprehensive contraception coverage expansion in the country, Dr. Bessie Moses — the Baltimore Jewish doctor who would become a birth control pioneer — was quietly incorporating Baltimore’s… Read More

Envisioning the Future JCC Biennial celebrates history, looks ahead

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More than 500 representatives of Jewish Community Centers from around the world convened in Baltimore this week for the JCCs of North America Biennial. The officials gathered to share their unique successes, discuss their concerns and look at how the continually evolving Jewish community poses challenges and opportunities for JCCs. The event also served as… Read More

White House Names Weissman as Jewish Liaison

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Being a White House liaison to the Jewish community can be a tough, thankless job. But Chanan Weissman, who was appointed to the position last week for the remainder of President Barack Obama’s time in office, is more than prepared, say many of his closest colleagues. Weissman, 32, is the first modern Orthodox Jew to… Read More

How the 2016 Election Is Upending Pro-Israel Orthodoxies

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WASHINGTON — When it comes to Israel, Democrats and Republicans simply do not see eye to eye, and for all their love of Zion, evangelicals will turn out for a candidate who is less than 100 percent on the issue. Welcome to the 2016 presidential election, when the conventional pro-Israel wisdom has been turned upside… Read More

Fight and Flight Documentary Tells Triumph of American Pilots in Israel’s War for Independence

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There are many ways to honor Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, but one Pikesville synagogue chose to shine a light on a little-known (and unsanctioned) post-World War II operation that proved critical in the creation of the Jewish state. Beth El Congregation, in partnership with the Center for Jewish Education, hosted a screening the… Read More

They Voted Cruz, Now What?

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Ted Cruz might be out of the presidential race, but Republican Jews who supported the tough talking Texas senator during the primary say they plan to vote according to their conscience in November by supporting the candidate who cares most about their core concerns: illegal immigration and national security. For them, that means supporting businessman… Read More

Congregation’s Dream, Neighbors’ Headache Chabad Synagogue Battle Reminiscent of Cases Around State, Country

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As Rabbi Velvel Belinsky heads into the second round of hearings over his proposed Chabad synagogue in Pikesville, rabbis and attorneys from the Baltimore area and beyond are reminded of a myriad of similar cases in which it was community versus synagogue or mosque or church. Chabad synagogues throughout Maryland and the country have faced… Read More