Lamplighter Dinner Shines Light on Columbia Chabad’s 30 Years


Rabbi Hillel Baron remembers the first Howard County Jewish Federation meeting he attended; it took place in a member’s family room, and in it was seated everyone in the Jewish community. While the Howard County Jewish community has grown and changed exponentially, one constant has remained: Rabbi Hillel and Chanie Baron. The Barons, who run… Read More

Local Photographer Finds New Life Through the Lens


Norm Dubin may be retired from his career as a reproductive biologist, but he has started a new life with what initially was just a hobby. “Like most kids, I had a camera ever since I was young and liked to take pictures of weird things,” said Dubin. “A friend of mine said, ‘Why don’t… Read More

Loud and Clear! BBYO’s Baltimore message of social justice resonates with Jewish teens


More than 2,400 teenage Jews from around the globe came to Baltimore last week and were spurred to action by the words of NAACP president and CEO Cornell Brooks, who told them the future was in their hands. “We have a generation that is not prematurely pessimistic, not prematurely cynical about what they can do,… Read More

The Power of Engagement Congregations look to members to guide — and create — the future


Lynne Kirsner and her husband have remained members of Temple Oheb Shalom over the years mainly to attend High Holiday services and because they have a number of friends there. Until recently, Kirsner wasn’t very involved in the congregation. But after being tapped for a role in assessing what the congregation can do to engage… Read More

A ‘Finished Project’ Leading violinist to play Towson professor’s concerto


Jonathan Leshnoff is a man of many hats. He’s a musician, teacher and composer. But on Feb. 14, he’s going to be an audience member watching one of the world’s best violinists play his concerto. Grammy Award-winning violinist Gil Shaham, called “the leading American violinist of his generation” by Time magazine, will perform Leshnoff’s “Chamber… Read More

The Ability to Succeed Employers look beyond disabilities, find dedicated, talented workers


Yoel Krigsman, 48, is an average Jewish Baltimorean by most accounts; he has a wife and four children, davens regularly and commutes to Washington, D.C., where he has managed computer systems at Gallaudet University for 18 years. But statistics indicate that employers would think twice about hiring him because he’s deaf. Dr. Andrew Houtenville, director… Read More

Peacemaker Comes to the Gordon Center Achinoam Nini brings multicultural sounds to Owings Mills on Feb. 6


She’s performed for three popes, collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Sting, Pat Metheny and Quincy Jones and is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations. But Achinoam Nini, known as Noa, doesn’t let it get to her head or forget why she does what she does. “All I need to do is remember why I am… Read More

Syrian Refugee Crisis Safety concerns, Jewish ethics guide attitudes toward helping those in need


Saturday morning, a few days after the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg of Beth Am used his Shabbat sermon time to invite an open discussion about the brutal and tragic incidents that occurred throughout the city and their aftermath. Several people expressed their anger and concern about the way Syrian… Read More