Finding Their Way Home For converts, Judaism illuminated their worlds in unexpected ways

As congregations struggle to attract and retain members, some synagogues are merging, as others experiment with new dues structures and youth-targeted initiatives to bring in young people and families. Only about 25 percent of Jews nationally say they attend synagogue once or twice a month, according to a Pew Research study, and less than half… Read More

Thanks to Beth Tfiloh Students, Those Buried at Hebrew Friendship Live On

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School students are helping the living find the dead. Twelfth-graders began work on a service project on Friday to digitize the burial records at the Hebrew Friendship Cemetery and, in the process, gained a greater appreciation for the history rooted in the Southeast Baltimore burial ground where philanthropists Harry and Jeanette Weinberg were… Read More

Zirkin Files Defamation Suit Against California Media Company

State Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-District 11), who represents Owings Mills and Pikesville, has filed a defamation suit against a California-based digital media company that accuses the company of falsely portraying him in a video as an unidentified Baltimore Ravens fan searching for prostitutes. The lawsuit filed in the Baltimore County Circuit Court last month states… Read More

Annapolis Ambitions Kevin Kamenetz says he’s got what it takes to unseat Gov. Larry Hogan

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says he has been preparing for this moment his entire political career. From Johns Hopkins University undergraduate to the University of Baltimore School of Law to Baltimore City assistant state’s attorney to Baltimore County councilman to county executive, Kamenetz has moved deliberately, always building credentials for the next step. Now,… Read More

Baltimore County Schools to Remain Closed on High Holidays

The Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday to keep schools closed during the Jewish High Holidays in 2018, continuing a more than two-decade practice. Community members were split after the board had considered keeping schools open on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but many underscored the importance of observing the holidays. The board’s 9-3 decision… Read More

Chizuk Amuno Rolls Out Red Membership Carpet for Young Families

Young families, and young people in general, are a group that synagogues are having trouble attracting and keeping. While synagogues may have young families attending services, or enrolling children in their preschools, many young families defer joining until later in life, perhaps waiting for a child’s bar or bat mitzvah or to participate in adult… Read More

Vicki Almond Joins County Executive Race

When Vicki Almond contemplated a location to launch her campaign for Baltimore County executive, she sought a central gathering place. Without much hesitation, she selected Foundry Row, where she announced her candidacy on Wednesday surrounded by hundreds of family, friends and supporters. Almond (D-District 2) touts the sprawling $140 million, 50-acre mixed-use redevelopment complex at… Read More

Medical Cannabis Dispensary Takes Step Forward in Pikesville

The medical cannabis industry can claim a victory of sorts in Baltimore County, as the Board of Appeals in public deliberations on Tuesday approved a dispensary in Pikesville, albeit with some additional requirements. Temescal Wellness of Maryland, seeking approval to open a state-licensed medical cannabis dispensary at 1636 Reisterstown Road, has been met with opposition… Read More

Life of Dance Local teens dream of ballroom glory

From the outside, The Promenade DanceSport Facility is unassuming, set in a low-slung, nondescript brick building, one of many in this sprawling Woodlawn business park. But inside is a different story. In the hushed dimness, before the music starts and the dancers lace up their dancing shoes to begin tripping the light fantastic, the gleaming,… Read More

The Bagel Boys Myerberg Center program helps retirees stay young and involved

Tuesdays are for the boys. At least that’s how it has been for the past four years at the Edward A. Myerberg Center, a facility that concentrates on engaging and connecting people 55 and older in the Baltimore community. The 41-year-old center on the corner of Fallstaff Road and Clarks Lane hosts a weekly program… Read More