Incoming Arts Chair Prepares to Make Her Mark

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Pikesville resident Shelley Morhaim is poised to make an impact on Maryland artists as the incoming chair of the Maryland State Arts Council, the organization that supports and promotes the arts across the state. Morhaim was appointed to the council by former governor Martin O’Malley in 2013 and re-appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan earlier this… Read More

Israel’s Conversion Muddle

Israel’s chief rabbinate system has long been known as inflexible about strains of Judaism that do not match its approved brands of Orthodoxy. The bureaucracy and chosen path of the rabbinate has alienated ordinary Israelis from Judaism and complicated the lives of those who get tripped up on its increasingly narrow strictures. Having become a… Read More

Associated Announces New Board, Celebrates Fundraising

Associated president Marc Terrill with Associated Women campaign chair Nina Rosenzwog (left) and Associated campaign chair Nancy Kohn Rabin. (Photos provided)

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore announced its new board and celebrated reaching its campaign goal at its annual meeting on June 22 at Beth Tfiloh Congregation. The organization reached its annual campaign goal of $30.6 million, and thanks to government funds, contributions from foundations and gifts for specific projects, The Associated raised $47… Read More

Modernizing Mental Health Dr. Steven Sharfstein reflects on his legacy at Sheppard Pratt

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After a 30-year term at Sheppard Pratt, including 25 years as CEO, Dr. Steven Sharfstein retired on June 30, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and growth. Under Sharfstein’s watch, the Sheppard Pratt Health System maintained quality patient care as the organization underwent exponential growth, expanding its geographic footprint and treatment offerings and shifting to… Read More

Seasons’ Reasons: ‘It’ll Be Worth the Wait’

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Summer has just arrived, but Seasons remains unchanged. The long-awaited New York-based kosher market has been preparing to open a store in Pikesville since as early as 2014, but it has not given an opening date. Seasons currently operates four stores in New York and one in Lakewood, N.J., and also plans to open stores… Read More

Groups Push for BWI-Israel Flights

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There are roughly 350,000 Jews living within the Greater Washington and Baltimore regions, and within that number are many business leaders, politicians and diplomats who travel to Israel multiple times per year. With this in mind, Jewish community leaders have taken steps to bring a nonstop flight from Baltimore-Washington International Airport to Ben-Gurion International Airport… Read More

Howard County Federation Director Resigns

Michelle Ostroff has resigned from her position as executive director of the Jewish Federation of Howard County, according to an email distributed to the community Friday morning. Ostroff will officially step down at the end of July. “This decision was made so that I can spend more time with my family, as the demands of… Read More

County Opens Final Owings Mills Boulevard Extension

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz (holding scissors) marks the opening of a new 1.2-mile section of Owings Mills Boulevard. (Photo provided)

Baltimore County officially opened the final extension of Owings Mills Boulevard on Thursday, June 16, completing the long-awaited connection between Owings Mills and the Liberty Road corridor. In his speech at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kam-enetz said, “If you think about it, life is really about connections — your family, your friends,… Read More

Orlando Shooting Brings UMD Students Out of the Closet

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Chaim Kalish was celebrating the Shavuot holiday when Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 patrons at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. It took the 24-year-old student at the University of Maryland at College Park only 15 minutes after the holiday ended to post a defiant response on Facebook: “I have a very BIG… Read More

Studying Abroad May Be Rewarding, But Is It Cheaper?

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With the cost of college tuition rising faster than the rate of inflation, Shlomo Lifshitz says he knows the solution: study abroad. Specifically, study using the services of Lifshitz’s Lirom Global Education, founded to encourage study in Israel. “More and more people cannot afford to pay the cost of tuition, which I think is ridiculous,”… Read More