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

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

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

“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

  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. Individuals and organizations that advocate for Jewish social welfare programs, the importance of a… Read More

Shabbat Project One for All, All for One!

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

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

It’s Trump Van Hollen Wins Senate Race

After a bitter race for the White House between two of the most unpopular candidates in recent times,  Republican Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. The New York businessman was called by the networks as the winner having captured Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes at 2:30 a.m., giving him 276 electoral… Read More

Pugh, Cohen Carry Baltimore Vote

Catherine Pugh had been preparing for this moment her entire life. “Y’all look excited!” a beaming Pugh, 66, said to a loud procession of cheers from the audience, packed in the expansive Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown-Inner Harbor ballroom Tuesday. At 10:25 p.m. on election night, Congressman Elijah Cummings — who won his reelection bid —… Read More

Battleground Showdown Marylanders hit the road to help get out the vote

On a recent Sunday morning in October, Sam Novey and about a dozen Jews United for Justice volunteers from Baltimore headed to Lancaster County, Pa., to conduct some voter outreach. Novey, 28, is a Baltimore native and Harvard University graduate who has spearheaded several national voter registration projects designed to assist college students with the… Read More