Park Heights JCC Evacuated After Most Recent Bomb Threat JCC was also evacuated Jan. 9; other facilities report threats across country

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The Park Heights JCC was evacuated Wednesday for the second time in as many weeks after another phoned-in bomb threat. The JCC reopened after about an hour. The threat was received shortly after 11 a.m. and the Baltimore Police Department responded after a call at about 11:15 a.m., according to Det. Jeremy Silbert, one of the BPD’s… Read More

Maryland Legislators Will Introduce Anti-BDS Bill

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Maryland lawmakers and Jewish advocacy groups are in the process of putting the final touches on a bill that would ban companies that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel from doing business with the state. The bill, which is expected to be introduced in the next few weeks, would prevent the… Read More

Wasserman-Schultz Resigns from DNC Chair Post

When the Democratic National Convention gets underway this week in Philadelphia, it will be without one of the party’s key leaders. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) resigned her position as chair of the Democratic National Committee Sunday. Her term was scheduled to end next year. “Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals… Read More

UPDATE: Suspect in Barricade Situation in Police Custody

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After a nearly eight-hour barricade that closed sections of Reisterstown Road in the northern part of the city, Baltimore Police arrested a man who refused to come outside when sheriffs tried to serve him a warrant, according to police spokesman T.J. Smith. Shots were fired from the house, located in the 6900 block of Reisterstown… Read More

At Least 15 Reportedly Injured in Jerusalem Bus Explosion

JERUSALEM — At least 15 people are reported injured in an explosion Monday afternoon on a public bus in Jerusalem that is being investigated as a bombing or an engine malfunction. Two of the injured in the explosion on Derech Hebron Road, in the Talpiot neighborhood southern Jerusalem, are in serious condition. Police believe a bomb… Read More

BJC Advocates in Annapolis

More than 200 Jews from across Maryland gathered in Annapolis Tuesday for the state’s annual Jewish Advocacy Day — a day where constituents from the Jewish community meet with legislators to lobby for the legislation they hope to see passed in the current session, which runs through April 11. This included several members of the… Read More

Temple Emanuel May Become Part of Baltimore Hebrew Synagogues discussing BHC absorbing Temple Emanuel members

Temple Emanuel Rabbi/Cantor Rhoda Silverman elected not to renew her contract, which expires on June 30, 2016.

One of Baltimore’s Reform congregations may absorb another as Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and Temple Emanuel are in talks about Temple Emanuel becoming part of BHC. While nothing is finalized yet, Temple Emanuel president David Beller said that Rabbi/Cantor Rhoda Silverman elected not to renew her contract, which expires on June 30, 2016. “We have concluded… Read More

Baltimore Jewish Council Names Howard Libit New Executive Director Libit to take position in May

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The Baltimore Jewish Council named Howard Libit its next executive director on Thursday. Libit is currently the treasurer of the BJC and the public affairs chief and director of strategic planning and policy at the office of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The BJC voted unanimously for Libit to succeed executive director Art Abramson at a board… Read More

Filmmaker’s Presentation Met with Protest Israeli television personality Assi Azar screens film at Goucher College to mixed audience

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Pro-Palestinian protesters disrupted an Israeli television personality and LGBT rights advocate who had come to Goucher College last week to screen a film addressing how parents cope with their children coming out as gay. According to the Israeli speaker, Assi Azar, this was the first time in his U.S. tour promoting “Mom, Dad, I Have… Read More