Prosor Offers Inside Look at UN at JNF Breakfast

Former Israeli permanent representative to the United Nations Ron Prosor likes to open with a joke. Several jokes actually. “There’s nothing more temporary that the permanent representative of Israel,” he first said. He also spoke about his time with the United Nations Human Rights Council “chaired by Jeffersonian democracies like Libya and Syria,” which caused… Read More

High Holiday ‘Miracle’ 15 years ago, through tragedy, one man’s devotion to Judaism renewed

Fifteen years ago, Frank Levy rushed to George Runkles’ hospital room, bracing himself for the inevitable. But he wasn’t ready to say goodbye just yet. Levy, 89, of Parkville, who is widowed and has one daughter of his own, Deborah Lynn, considered Runkles a son. He took him in as a troubled teenager and raised… Read More

Oheb Shalom, Har Sinai Exploring Merger

Last week a letter went out to the members of Baltimore’s Temple Oheb Shalom and Owings Mills’ Har Sinai Congregation about the possibility of the two Reform congregations merging. Mina Wender, president of Temple Oheb Shalom, said that the larger institution initiated the merger conversation with Har Sinai. “We began to brainstorm and we realized… Read More

Jemicy School Dedicates New Gym to Attman Family

For Leonard Attman and his wife Phyllis, donating to an educational center that had given so much to their family was a natural decision. Inspired by their son’s learning differences due to his dyslexia, the duo founded Jemicy School in 1973. The Owings Mills institution, geared toward students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences,… Read More

Baltimoreans Support Israeli Military at Annual Gala

The emotions that flooded Murray Singerman of Pikesville were difficult to put into words. His daughter Hilla, 21 and son Yaniv, 23, both of whom left their native Maryland to serve in the Israel Defense Forces, were flown back to the states by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. After months apart, the two surprised… Read More

Fasting: What to Do, What Not to Do and When to Ask for Help

At sundown on Friday, Sept. 29, Jews across the Baltimore-metro region and the Diaspora will begin a day-long fast as part of observing Yom Kippur. But what are the best ways to prepare, the best ways to break the fast on Saturday night, and when should a rabbi be consulted about how to fast while… Read More

An Eclectic Upcoming Season at the Gordon

Fans of the arts can have a transactional experience anywhere — buy a ticket, see the show and then head home. But the goal at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts is to turn each event into an experience, whether that’s with pre-show entertainment, a Q&A with a director or actor after a film screening… Read More

Weinberg Place Marks 50 Years

Carmoletha Lomax is 79 and has lived at Weinberg Place, a senior housing complex in Northwest Baltimore, for about a year. “So far, I love it here,” she said. She plays cards and Bingo almost every day. “My husband was sick when we came in here and we didn’t have any place to go.” Her… Read More

Jewish Policeman Ira Weiner Remembered at Annual Memorial ‘He was Like a Brother’

Doctors told Murray Weiner in May that he wasn’t going to live much longer. He had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. The devastating news blindsided him. Weiner, 77, a Pompano Beach, Fla., resident, told doctors he needed to live until Monday, Sept. 18. He made a promise to himself that he would make one… Read More