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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Split Decision in Stevenson Chabad Case Court order ruled that proposed synagogue meets some requirements, possibly violates others

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The case concerning whether a Chabad-Lubavitch congregation can build a synagogue on Stevenson Road will be heard before the Baltimore County Board of Appeals. Attorneys for both the neighborhood opposition and the congregation appealed the opinion and order rendered by Administrative Law Judge John Beverungen on Jan. 12. Rabbi Velvel Belinsky aims to build a… Read More