Emanuel Legacy Lives On at Baltimore Hebrew

Temple Emanuel’s former home on Berrymans Lane in Reisterstown. (Screen shot from Google Maps)

After several months of discussion, the deal is done: Baltimore Hebrew Congregation will absorb Temple Emanuel and its membership, sacred objects and other resources. “Temple Emanuel has had a wonderful place in this community, and we’re honored to embrace much of that legacy and welcome its members,” said BHC Rabbi Andrew Busch. “While never the… Read More

Administrative Changes at Bais Yaakov

After 36 years at the Bais Yaakov School for Girls, Rabbi Mendel D. Freedman, principal of the elementary and preschool division, will retire at the end of this school year. “His 36 years of masterful leadership is virtually unmatched in Jewish education. Rabbi Freedman has led the elementary and preschool divisions for many years of… Read More

Tom Kahn, Capitol Hill’s Voice of Reason, Retires

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Being politically active was a must for Tom Kahn. He grew up in a home where Jewish identity, Israel and politics were the most common subjects discussed at the dinner table, and that led him to find his moral compass in a niche area of public  policy: the federal budget. Kahn, 60, retired last month… Read More

Congregation’s Dream, Neighbors’ Headache Chabad Synagogue Battle Reminiscent of Cases Around State, Country

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As Rabbi Velvel Belinsky heads into the second round of hearings over his proposed Chabad synagogue in Pikesville, rabbis and attorneys from the Baltimore area and beyond are reminded of a myriad of similar cases in which it was community versus synagogue or mosque or church. Chabad synagogues throughout Maryland and the country have faced… Read More

With Passing of Its Namesake, Tina’s Antiques to Close Shop

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A staple of Reisterstown’s Main Street and one of many businesses that gave the historic district its “antique row” designation will soon close its doors following the passing of its owner. Tina’s Antiques is due to close at the end of April, but employees may extend the closing date to clear more merchandise out. The… Read More

Grandparents Seek Support in Relating to Interfaith Grandchildren

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Columbia was founded with the intention to host a religiously diverse community, and Howard County as a whole has embraced that. This makes the first meeting of the Grandparents Circle at Temple Isaiah nothing if not appropriate. The program is hosted  nationally by Big Tent Judaism, an organization that pushes the Jewish community to be… Read More

You Should Know … Abby Bennett

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Abby Bennett, 25, may be a native of St. Louis, but through her studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art, she has been connecting with Baltimore’s younger residents while earning her Master of Fine Arts in community arts. Bennett will graduate from MICA this May and had her hand in many projects, including one… Read More

It’s Close, But Baltimore Voters Chose Pugh, Schleifer

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In two hotly contested primaries, Baltimore City voters ultimately threw their support behind state Sen. Catherine Pugh for mayor and Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer for District 5 councilman. In a mayoral race with a large pool of candidates, Pugh narrowly defeated former Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon, who garnered much support, but ultimately fell short. Many Pugh… Read More