Bais Yaakov May Sell Owings Mills Campus

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Citing growth in enrollment, Bais Yaakov School for Girls officials said the school could sell its Owings Mills campus and expand its Smith Avenue campus. “We’d like to do whatever we can to make it easier for our parents,” said Sandy Nissel, the school’s chief operating officer. That may mean selling its campus on Park… Read More

Iran Oversight Advances

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In the end, Maryland’s newly ascendant junior senator got what he wanted. The unanimous passing Tuesday of the Iran Nuclear Review Act of 2015, referred to colloquially as the Corker bill after its chief sponsor, by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee marked an important first test of Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin’s ability to negotiate the… Read More

B’More Represented in Inaugural Leadership Class

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JCC of Greater Baltimore President Barak Hermann has been selected as a Schusterman Fellow, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation announced Monday. Hermann is one of 24 fellows from the United States, Israel, Australia and Europe from a variety of Jewish and secular nonprofit and for-profit organizations who were selected for the inaugural fellowship…. Read More

Out in the Open

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It’s no doubt at the forefront of the minds of the approximately 45 attendees at this weekend’s Eshel retreat — designed to support Orthodox parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children — that the Supreme Court will hear arguments to decide whether the Constitution allows for a state to deny same-sex couples their right… Read More

Mimouna 5775

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With red fezzes perched on their heads and sweet treats in hand, Baltimore Jews marked the end of Passover with a Mimouna celebration. Nearly 150 community members attended the Sunday event co-sponsored by Chevrei Tzedek Congregation and the Baltimore Zionist District and supported by a Jewish Education Enhancement Project grant from the Macks Center for… Read More

Future of Mosque Uncertain

AMC Baltimore bought the Slade mansion with the intention of renovating it and using it as their house of worship.
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The building at the corner of Park Heights and Slade avenues was supposed to open as the new home of the Ahmadi Muslim mosque, but it appears that its doors remain closed. As of the last JT reporting, the Muslim congregation was using its location on Garrison Boulevard for worship and Sunday school until the… Read More

Carole Sibel, Rock Star Philanthropist

Carole Sibel held “virtually every leadership position possible” 
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There’s no debating that Carole Sibel was a true champion. From the Jewish community to the animal advocacy community to the arts community and to the medical community, Sibel’s impact and otherworldly fundraising abilities were felt all over Baltimore. “She’s like irreplaceable,” said Sheldon Stein, president and CEO of Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, where Sibel… Read More

A Gaffe at the Gordon Center

The March 11 to 15 run of “Old Jews Telling Jokes” garnered five complaints.

When “Old Jews Telling Jokes” came to the Gordon Center for a series of performances in March, five actors paid tribute to Jewish humor. A handful of audience members got more than they bargained for, walking out after an offending joke involving Jesus on (and off) the cross. The joke, as told by producer Phil… Read More

Hate Crime or Not?

Last month, a Jewish George Washington University student posted a swastika to his fraternity’s bulletin board after returning from a spring break trip to India, where the swastika is considered an ancient good luck symbol. It didn’t have the effect he intended. GW President Steven Knapp referred the matter to the Metropolitan Police Department Hate… Read More

Schechter Hires New Head of School

Krieger Schechter Day School has named Rabbi Moshe Schwartz as the new head of school for the 2015-2016 academic year, only the third person to hold the position in the school’s history. For the past five years, Schwartz has served as head of school for the Kellman Brown Academy in Voorhees, N.J. He earned his… Read More