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

Remembering Firefighters’ Service on 9/11, Locally and in Israel

The Jewish National Fund, the Embassy of Israel and Krieger Schechter Day School’s fourth-grade students joined firefighters in Pikesville to commemorate 9/11 and commend first responders for their bravery. JNF presented the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Station 32 with a plaque bearing an image of JNF’s 9/11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem. “This special monument in… 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

Family Fulfills Dream of Moving to Israel

The Foxes are enjoying their new lives in Israel after leaving Baltimore to start afresh. Pushing luggage heaped high on carts, Calen and Rachel Fox and their three children, ages 7, 4 and 2½ months, made aliyah on July 19. Neither Calen, 33, nor Rachel, 30, both medical professionals, had a job awaiting them, but… Read More

Baltimore Man Crewed on Exodus 1947

In response to its July 28 cover story “The Ship that Launched a Nation,” about Jewish refugee ship Exodus 1947, the JT received emails from the family of Donald Molofsky, a Baltimorean who became a crew member when the ship was docked in Fells Point for refitting. Peter Engel, 67, of Pikesville wrote about his… Read More

When Passions Run High Sen. Ben Cardin’s anti-BDS bill spurs controversy, support

On a sweltering late July afternoon in Baltimore City, about 20 people vocally protested against a hotly debated bill — the Israel Anti-Boycott Act — which focuses on boycotts of Israel and its settlements. The demonstrators, most of whom were white, chanted “Viva, viva Palestina!” and “Free, free Palestine!” outside the Bank of America Financial… Read More

Israeli Greenhouse Project Reaches American Soil at Camp Airy and Louise

Camp-goers kicked off their July 26 afternoon at the Open Greenhouse by catching three crayfish, which they released into the Camp Airy aquaponics pond. The 8- and 9-year-olds then huddled around counselor Luke Hutkin, 23, as he instructed them on how to make sunburn cream using vegetable glycerin, aloe vera and essential oils, including peppermint,… 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

Two Area Conservative Rabbis Find Themselves on a ‘Blacklist’

At least two area Conservative rabbis found their names on a so-called “blacklist” compiled by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate rejecting their 2016 letters confirming people’s Jewish identities for aliyah. In order to get married in Israel, Jews must first have their Jewish identity confirmed by a rabbi according to Jewish law. The rabbi then sends… Read More

Dividing Wall Baltimore rabbis sound off on Kotel conundrum

Many Jews of the Diaspora and in Israel are in an uproar following the announcement on June 25 that plans to establish an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall have been formally frozen by the Israeli government following pressure from haredi organizations. A compromise agreement to create this space at Judaism’s holiest site was… Read More