Clinton, Trump to Headline AIPAC Gathering

The 2016 presidential campaign will make a stop at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington next week, where front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will address an expected 18,000 attendees at the pro-Israel advocacy organization’s annual event. The conference, March 20-22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Verizon… Read More

Catering to Love for 75 Years

Louis and Edith Bluefeld have settled into a comfortable marital rhythm in their relationship. He’s the talker, but she chimes in with details. She plans everything, but he’s the happy socializer. It works for them. And it should. After all, they’ve spent 75 years perfecting it. The Bluefelds married Feb. 23, 1941 and just celebrated… Read More

Past Presence Baltimore’s ‘Jewish’ architecture remains testament to character, conviction, mobility of its people

First of two parts   To reflect on some of Jewish Baltimore’s architecture is to walk a path through its past. Whether the desired outcome was to culturally assimilate or stay true to faith, to differentiate from other immigrants or simply to embrace the modern, Jews have fervently proclaimed their identity and maintained a strong… Read More

Pew Finding on Expulsion of Israeli Arabs Prompts Sharp Reactions

TEL AVIV — In a survey that spanned politics, religion and interfaith relations, one statistic stood out: Nearly half of  Israel’s Jews support expelling the country’s Arabs. The Pew Research Center’s study of Israelis’ attitudes,  released Tuesday, had asked respondents whether they agreed that “Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel.” Forty-eight percent of… Read More

Gardner Aims to Take Her Experience to the Next Level

The mayor’s race won’t be the only hotly contested election this season. While a large pool of candidates hope to shape Baltimore’s future as the city’s top elected official, others are vying for City Council seats in crowded races. Betsy Gardner, who currently serves as the neighborhood liaison for the 5th and 6th City Council… Read More

Coming to Terms with a Nazi Past

In the 70 years since World War II, the word “Nazi” has become shorthand in the cultural lexicon for a wide spectrum of ills and can be thrown around rather carelessly. But what happens when someone discovers her relative was an actual Nazi? Jennifer Teege felt her whole identity called into question when she happened… Read More

Hillel Conference Empowers Young Jewish Women

More than 125 students gathered at the University of Maryland Hillel to network, mingle and learn from guest lecturers at the Jewish Women’s Leadership Conference on Feb. 28. “Leadership is one of the core pillars of our work [at JWI],” Loribeth Weinstein, CEO of Jewish Women International, told students and fellow speakers during her keynote… Read More

A Living Story of Gypsy Survival Family’s Holocaust experiences strike lasting chord with guitarist Lulo Reinhardt

It’s truly miraculous that Lulo Reinhardt is here to tell his family’s story and carry on its musical traditions. The Reinhardts — gypsies from India who settled in Germany 600 years ago — survived Buchenwald, Auschwitz and death marches. Some were inside, and moments from entering, the gas chambers when Auschwitz was liberated. Reinhardt, the… Read More

Recourse for renters Proposal to reform Baltimore rent court system makes its way through legislature

An effort by several Baltimore-based civil rights organizations to improve conditions in the city’s rent court system has made its way into Maryland’s public discourse, attracting support from like-minded groups and opposition from a network of land- lords along with the city’s  administration. The movement, known as the 7,000 Families Campaign, began in 2014 when… Read More

Loaves of Love Shared with Howard County Seniors

When it comes to homemade food, freshly baked challah has always held a special place in the Jewish tradition, and several Howard County parents are giving back to the community with the braided delight. “A lot of people have good memories of challah and Shabbat. I think if you went to a Sunday school and… Read More