‘Vergissmeinnicht’ Project Tells Holocaust Stories from Child’s Point of View

Friedchen Fichtelberger was born Dec. 4, 1927 in Ermerhausen, Germany. But the date of his death is unknown, because Friedchen was lost to history, one of the 1.5 million children killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during the Holocaust. But now Friedchen’s story, and those of two dozen other German Jewish children and their… Read More

JCC to Foster More Connections with Sister Cities

Energized by the JCC Global World Conference that was held in Tarrytown, N.Y., earlier this month, JCC of Greater Baltimore officials are working on programming that would bring closer Baltimore and JCCs in its sister cities of Odessa, Ukraine and Ashkelon, Israel. As part of the Amitim 2.0-Fellows, a three-year global leadership network program, the… Read More

Las Vegas Survivors Come to Washington

Upon hearing the first gunshots, Jason Sherman’s coworker told him to look up to see the fireworks. Moments later, they had dropped to the ground before ducking and running behind the nearby bar trailer, chased by a barrage of bullets. He was there. He survived. But he’ll never forget. “You could hear just the continuous… Read More

Reflections on a Lost History Exhibit at Jewish Museum preserves Iraqi Jewish heritage

The meticulously restored historic Iraqi Jewish documents and artifacts on display through Jan. 15 at the Jewish Museum of Maryland are some of the last remnants of the once-thriving Jewish communities of Baghdad. Over the last century, the Jewish population was decimated though pogroms, public executions, forced deportations and mass exodus, falling from about 130,000… Read More

‘Walking in Antarctica’ with Owings Mills Artist Helen Glazer

More than a decade ago, when Helen Glazer first entertained the idea of applying as an artist in residence at the bottom of the world, she had one image in her head: flat and white. But after applying to the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists & Writers Program six times over 10 years, she was… Read More

Baltimore’s ‘Rockin’ Rabbi’ Remembers Meeting Tom Petty in Israel

Thirty years ago, Baltimore resident Avraham Rosenblum found himself standing at the Western Wall explaining to Tom Petty that it was the holiest place in Judaism, and that the foundation stone below the Dome of the Rock is considered the foundation stone of the universe. “That’s a pretty wild rock,” Petty said as he walked… Read More

When Israelis Protest, They Don’t Tear Down Statues

JERUSALEM — Israel recently got two new statues of political leaders: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Supreme Court President Miriam Naor. However, both statues were torn down within hours. For their creators, that was part of the point. Israel has very few official statues of its leaders — or anyone else for that matter. The… Read More

Bridging the Gap Ensuring Jewish continuity one step at a time

Among the sea of teenagers donning army uniforms, Zoe Eisenberg stood clutching her replica M4 rifle at the gravesite of former Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. The clan sang “Hatikvah” as it celebrated its completion of Marva, a two-month training session designed to give Diaspora Jews a taste of Israeli military life. For the Pikesville… 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

‘The Ship That Launched a Nation’ 70 years after the voyage of Exodus 1947, one man’s passion leads to Haifa memorial

Seventy years ago, a ship once almost abandoned for scrap launched from Baltimore’s harbor to start a six-month journey to Europe, where it would pick up thousands of Jewish refugees fleeing the wreckage of World War II and take them to Israel. The ship was called Exodus 1947, and this month, largely as a result… Read More