Gourmet and Kosher: It Can Happen

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In honor of this year’s dedicated volunteers — Henry and Fran Reitberger and Dr. Michael and Ora Noorani — and in celebration of delicious kosher food available locally, Ner Tamid is hosting “an evening of culinary delights,” The New Taste of Kosher Baltimore, on Monday May 30 at 7 p.m. The menu creations come from… Read More

BT Students Place First, Second in National Bible Contest

Caleb Gitlitz came in first place in the English division. (Photos provided)

Two seventh-graders from Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School took top honors at Chidon Ha-Tanach, the U.S. National Bible Contest for Jewish Youth. Caleb Gitlitz and Ryan Joseph came in first and second place, respectively, in the English division at the contest. Gitlitz will compete in the international competition in Israel next year. The contest, in… Read More

Modern-Day Moses Dr. Bessie Moses opened Baltimore’s first birth control clinic and shaped a movement

Dr. Bessie Moses opened the first birth control clinic in Baltimore almost 90 years ago, which later became Planned Parenthood of Maryland. (Planned Parenthood Collection, University of Baltimore Langsdale Library Special Collections)

In 1926, 46 years before the right to contraception would be federally recognized for all (both married and unmarried) and 90 years before Maryland would pass the most comprehensive contraception coverage expansion in the country, Dr. Bessie Moses — the Baltimore Jewish doctor who would become a birth control pioneer — was quietly incorporating Baltimore’s… Read More

The Shidduch Detective: On the Trail for Down the Aisle

David J. Cohen

Though he stands an imposing 6 feet, 4 inches, astonishingly, there is something very unassuming about David J. Cohen’s presence. Perhaps it’s this combination, with his boyish grin and understated manner, that plays to his benefit, because for the past 20 years he’s surreptitiously, yet doggedly, investigated, conducted surveillance and performed background checks for high-profile,… Read More

Celebrating Israeli Independence

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Organizations around the region celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, in a variety of ways. At Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 250 adults and children celebrated by participating in Israeli dancing (top right), engaging in various arts and crafts (center left) and learning about “Aladdin,” the resident camel for the day. In Howard County (center right), Rabbi… Read More

Second Round of Chabad Hearings Begins

Rabbi Velvel Belinsky testifies at a Baltimore County Board of Appeals hearing. (Marc Shapiro)

The battle over a Chabad synagogue proposed to be built in a residential neighborhood in Pikesville has entered a second series of hearings at the Baltimore County Board of Appeals. The decision by an administrative law judge, who heard the case over the course of eight hearings between June and November 2015, was appealed, and… Read More

JHU Bestows Highest Honor on Power Couple

Ellen Heller (Provided)

When members of John Hopkins University’s class of 2016 walked across the stage at Royal Farms Arena on Wednesday to receive their degrees, there were eight others there receiving honorary doctorates for being leaders and innovators in their fields. Among those eight was a husband and wife who have left long-lasting impacts on the criminal… Read More

Envisioning the Future JCC Biennial celebrates history, looks ahead

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More than 500 representatives of Jewish Community Centers from around the world convened in Baltimore this week for the JCCs of North America Biennial. The officials gathered to share their unique successes, discuss their concerns and look at how the continually evolving Jewish community poses challenges and opportunities for JCCs. The event also served as… Read More

White House Names Weissman as Jewish Liaison

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Being a White House liaison to the Jewish community can be a tough, thankless job. But Chanan Weissman, who was appointed to the position last week for the remainder of President Barack Obama’s time in office, is more than prepared, say many of his closest colleagues. Weissman, 32, is the first modern Orthodox Jew to… Read More

Center Aims to Bring Human Trafficking Out of the Shadows

Opening the SAFE Center in College Park are, from left, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), State Treasurer Nancy Kopp, founder and director Susan Esserman, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and UMd.-Baltimore President Jay Perman. (Photo by Daniel Schere)

It was a night ride with law enforcement about two years ago that opened Susan Esserman’s eyes to an invisible crisis in Prince George’s County, one she wants to be much more known: human trafficking. Esserman, a Washington trade lawyer who previously served as the deputy U.S. trade ambassador during President Bill Clinton’s administration, had… Read More