A Communal Responsibility

Editorial Director

Three decades ago, faith communities across the Southwestern United States, seeing as their moral duty to protect the downtrodden and vulnerable from what they saw as an almost certain death sentence, decided to break the law and harbor illegal immigrants who had arrived from Central America. Moved by a sense of humanity and an anti-establishment… Read More

Boys’ Night Out

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The grills were fired up and the strong smell of Scotch filled the air on a recent Sunday, as approximately 150 Jewish men spent the evening with the Etz Chaim Center for Jewish Living and Learning to “raise the steaks.” Literally. Raise the Steaks II, held at Bruce Sholk and Beth Kaplan’s private Baltimore estate,… Read More

Words of Wisdom

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South African novelist Nadine Gordimer died July 13, in Johannesburg at the age of 90, Reuters reported. The author of more than 30 books, Gordimer was one of the literary world’s most influential voices against apartheid, winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991 for her novels and short stories that echoed life and emotion… Read More

Eclectic Sounds Come to Baltimore

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Oregon Ridge Park will host international reggae stars, guitar virtuosos, bluegrass heavy hitters and bigtime indie rockers this summer. The Believe in Music Festival on July 26 and the Hot August Music Festival on Aug. 16 bring diverse, multigenre lineups featuring up-and-coming local bands, national acts and internationally renowned artists. The inaugural Believe in Music… Read More

JCC Employee Charged

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A JCC Aquatic Center employee has been charged with sexual solicitation of a minor after telling an undercover detective posing as a juvenile that he wanted to engage in sexual activity with two teenage boys, according to Baltimore County Police. Charles David Beaver, 58, of the 3000 block of Main Street in Manchester, was held… Read More

Ground Incursion Hits Home

Jordan Low, a 2013 Beth Tfiloh graduate, was hospitalized for smoke 
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The human cost of Israel’s ground incursion in the Gaza Strip hit close to home in the United States this week, with a Beth Tfiloh graduate hospitalized and Jewish communities in Los Angeles and South Texas losing members in the fighting. Among the wounded was Baltimore native Jordan Low, a 2013 graduate of the Beth… Read More

Baltimore Stands with Israel

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The events unfolding in Israel are geographically far from Maryland, but Jewish Baltimore will show its solidarity and support for the Jewish state through prayer, gatherings and messages sent directly to the soldiers taking part in Israel’s ground offensive in the Gaza Strip. Israeli embassy representatives, community leaders and politicians will be on hand Monday,… Read More

Senators Pledge Support for Israel In Wake of Ground Operation

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Hours after the Israel Defense Forces began their ground operation in the Gaza Strip on July 17, Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) spoke on the Senate floor to express their support of Israel and its operation, while denouncing the Palestinian Authority’s unity government and the moral equivalency drawn by those critical… Read More

Comfortable with Questioning

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As a pre-med student, an aversion to hospitals turned out to be one of the best things for Jeffrey Kahn’s career. During his undergraduate work in medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, Kahn was advised to gain hospital experience, so he took a job drawing blood from pre-operative patients. “I really hated going… Read More

Empowering Evening

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A torrential downpour on July 8 did not discourage dozens of women from turning out for Dessert and Brem, an event held at Congregation Ohr Simcha that was billed as an evening of education and empowerment for women. Chaired by Danielle Storch and Esther Sara Weiner and sponsored by the Chesed Fund with co-sponsors the… Read More