Iconic Pushke Gets Upgrade


The Jewish National Fund announced earlier this year a new version of its charity-collecting pushke — the Blue Box, as it is best known. Over the years, the Blue Box has been an iconic symbol for American Jews of their link to the Jewish state. “More than a century old, our little Blue Box is… Read More

David L. Carp


Volunteerism has long been synonymous with participation in the Jewish community for David L. Carp, a devoted and active member of Har Sinai Congregation who grew up in Ashburton and now lives in Greengate near Quarry Lake in Pikesville with wife Marilyn. While growing up, Carp and his family regularly helped raise funds for projects… Read More

2 Generations, 1 Goal

When I was growing up, the go-to act of generosity in our house was “put some money in the pushke.” No matter the occasion — illness, big test at school, job interview, Shabbat — my mom would always remind us to tie this act of micro-philanthropy to our important moments in life. I never knew… Read More

Three Cheers for City’s Embrace of #GivingTuesday

Telling Baltimoreans to embrace #GivingTuesday is like preaching to the choir. Perhaps more than any other city, and any other Jewish community, Baltimore has embraced the social media movement to change the conversation from consumerism to giving. Last year on Dec. 3 — #GivingTuesday is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving — the city raised $5.7… Read More

For the Public Good


For many Baltimoreans, their profession offers them a unique opportunity to give back to their community. Pro bono work is most often associated with the legal world, but according to Barbara Anderson, the concept of donating professional services transcends multiple fields. “We lean a lot on other pro bono services,” said Anderson, executive director at… Read More

Jewish Community Gives Back


Arleen Shepherd’s grocery list called for 60 pounds of ground beef, 60 pounds of chicken, 100 pounds of pasta, 40 pounds of rice, 120 cans of cream of mushroom soup and about 100 jars of pasta sauce. This wasn’t her usual shopping list, but when you’re cooking up 1,250 meals worth of casserole, you need… Read More

Making Magic


Rabbis often speak of the magic of Torah, but one local bar mitzvah boy took the sentiment to heart and brought Torah lessons and sleight of hand to residents of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Village. Natan Gamliel, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Krieger Schechter Day School who lained three aliyot and the haftorah at his… Read More

A United Stand


As she prepared for Project Kesher’s 25th anniversary Global Day Trip next week in New York City, the organization’s executive director, Karyn G. Gershon, reflected on the Jewish women’s organization that trains women in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia and Israel to take on leadership roles in their own communities. PK’s leaders advocate for the… Read More

Party Hardy


When it was time for his bar mitzvah, Zachary Stein, son of a successful Hollywood talent agent, was given a “Titanic”-themed bar mitzvah party. The affair, which cost a half-million dollars, featured a model of the Titanic with the words, “Mazel tov, Zachary” scrawled on the front of the ship. Among other wacky gimmicks, the… Read More

Tasty Trending


The days of bar mitzvah bagel brunches and backyard pizza parties are over. From cupcake trucks to chocolate fountains, bar mitzvahs have gotten bigger and grander in the Baltimore area. “I have seen crazy things at bar mitzvahs,” says Linwoods restaurant sous-chef Abby Chaconas. “We have had people rent out the entire restaurant, hire their… Read More