Jewish Life in Vermont In the picturesque countryside, do-it-yourself Judaism creates connections

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“No one comes to Vermont to be Jewish.” Susan Leff, executive director of Jewish Communities of Vermont (JCVT), isn’t trying to be glib. She’s simply acknowledging a basic reality about her adopted state: When most people think of populous, thriving, prototypically Jewish communities, they generally think of places such as Boca Raton, Fla., or Crown… Read More

The Fountain of Brew Is Union Craft's Henry Benesch the oldest brewery worker in the country?

From left: Jerry, Adam and Henry “Zadie” Benesch. (Mathew Klickstein)

Ninety-six-year-old Henry Benesch may very well be the oldest person in the country to be working at a brewery. At least that’s what his son, Jerry Benesch, said he believes during a visit to Hampden/ Clipper Mill’s nearly 5-year-old Union Craft Brewery, co-founded by Henry’s grandson, Adam. Benesch, whom everyone  at the brewery lovingly refers… Read More

Baltimore Firefighters Help Battle Blazes in Israel

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When a rash of wildfires spread in Israel last week, a group of Americans were ready to drop everything and head overseas to help the Jewish state. “The motherland called,” Capt. Scott Goldstein of the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company said via email from Israel. “Outside of America, there is no other country on the planet… Read More

A Labor of Love Beth Israel Congregation, rabbi celebrate 'joyful' milestones

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Sixty years ago, 10 young Jewish families gathered to create their own community and place of worship and study. That was 38 years before the 1994 opening of the current $2.7 million building on Mitzvah Lane that is home to Beth Israel Congregation. What started out in the home of one of the founding members… Read More

Young Soloist Flies with BSO

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Most vocal performers wait a lifetime for the honor to sing with a prestigious major metropolitan symphony. Reisterstown’s own Gabe Orsini has earned the opportunity at the age of 13. The Sudbrook Magnet Middle School seventh-grader, who became a bar mitzvah this past Oct. 15, will be singing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as part… Read More

Bernie Is Back Bernie Sanders reflects on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and lessons of 2016 Election

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“I am not a liberal, I am a progressive,” pronounced Sen. Bernie Sanders during a student-submitted Q&A conducted by Johns Hopkins University president Ronald Daniels. What became something of an open, periodically funny and altogether forthright conversation between Sanders and Daniels followed the former presidential hopeful’s hour-long speech about his recently published book, “Our Revolution:… Read More

A Divisive Result With domestic discontent and concern for Israel, Jewish community applauds and decries Trump's election

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  Donald Trump’s stunning victory in last week’s presidential election has stirred strong reactions from both those distressed and those enthused by the Republican candidate’s improbable win. And those reactions have struck on many issues that divide Jewish people the most. Indvidudals and organizations that adovcate for Jewish social welfare programs, the importance of a… Read More

Shabbat Project One for All, All for One!

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For the third year in a row, the Baltimore Shabbat Project brought together thousands of Jews from all over the region for Shabbat services, challah bakes, Havdalah and interdenominational celebrations. An estimated one million people in 1,150 cities in 94 countries took part in the Shabbat Project, an international effort started by South African Chief… Read More

Election Never Far from Federation Assembly

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The General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America got underway in Washington, D.C., Sunday with Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, telling the 3,000 community activists and staff how the world has changed since he last addressed the G.A. in 2014. “Since we last met, the world has… Read More