Nationwide Shabbat dinners address violence in Charlottesville

Shabbat tables across the nation will celebrate diversity and denounce bigotry during Together at the Table tonight. The event, a response to the violence that plagued the streets of Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday, is intended to engage Shabbat guests in civil, constructive dialogue about community issues. Meals will be hosted in at least 700 homes in… Read More

Shalom, Baltimore!

What would make a native Floridian leave her home just minutes from Disney World, schelp up north and begin anew? A job, of course. Fresh out of college, I was more than ready to escape the choking humidity and tourist-clogged streets of my beloved Sunshine State. Don’t get me wrong, though. I’ll always be a proud… Read More

Josie Shaffer Joins BCPS Board of Ed to Bring Voices to the Votes

Keeping up her studies while being active in student government, local and national politics, philanthropy and the Jewish community seems a minor miracle in itself as Josie Shaffer takes on one more role: bringing student voices to the Baltimore County Board of Education. The exuberant 17-year-old Pikesville High senior was appointed recently to serve as… Read More

Cheswolde Hosts National Night Out

Baltimore City police descended on the 2800 block of Hanson Avenue on Aug. 9 in cars and trucks, some riding horses and motorcycles and two driving the city’s only armored rescue vehicle. They had been dispatched to a party but not to break it up; they were the party. The officers were the focus of… Read More

Howard County Raises More Than $10K for Ugandan Jewish Community

The Jewish Federation of Howard County and the Howard County Board of Rabbis have raised more than $10,000 since 27 to feed a community of malnourished Ugandan Jews. More startlingly, said Meghann Schwartz, associate director for the Federation, was that the fundraiser’s $10,000 goal was met in only five-and-a-half days after it started. Many residents… Read More

Eating Together Program Still Vital and Still Kosher

More than 40 seniors sat down for a full kosher meal at Weinberg Village in Owings Mills on a recent Friday evening thanks to the Eating Together program, which serves seniors hot meals at 36 sites across Baltimore County and 59 sites in Baltimore City and in counties across the state. At Weinberg Village, and… Read More

Israeli Dancing Captures Essence of Jewish State

Echoing through Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School’s sleek-tiled hallway on Wednesday nights around 9 o’clock is an eclectic mixture of music. Notes of samba, the sounds of Greek bouzoukis, Arabic and Hebrew singing and Russian melodies carom down the hall, mingling together to give rhythm to, of all things, Israeli dance. The nine dancers of… Read More

Staying Relevant Synagogues fight dropping numbers, target millennial generation

Rampant assimilation. Financial pressures. Generational changes. The varied causes of dwindling membership have served as a call to action for some Maryland synagogues — especially when appealing to young professionals. In an effort to combat the decrease in synagogue affiliation, organizations focused on engaging 20- and 30-year-olds have emerged at shuls across the state. These… Read More

Jewish Baltimore Stands with Charlottesville

The images he saw from this past weekend were in stark contrast to the “quiet, tranquil and peaceful city” B’nai Israel Rabbi Etan Mintz knows as Charlottesville, Va. He worked as a chaplain in the University of Virginia Health System between 2008 and 2010. “It’s a college town [with the University of Virginia]. It’s got… Read More