‘Labor of Love’ Bar mitzvah project raises funds for family who lost parents in auto accident

Clockwise from top left: David, Jessica, Aidan and Lexi Silverman “show their hearts” and invite the community to Family Fun Night Fundraiser for the Berry children. (Photo by Melissa Gerr)

A local teen is using his upcoming bar mitzvah project to try to make the lives of his friends a little easier, raising money for a family of siblings who lost their parents in a car crash in 2011. Aidan Silverman, whose family belongs to Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Pikesville, has dedicated his celebration as… Read More

A Vaudeville Approach Beth Tfiloh eighth-grader ‘wows ’em’ with Family Story project

Beth Tfiloh eighth-grader Eitan Murinson presents his project with Jewish Museum of Maryland education director Ilene Dackman-Alon (left) and teacher Lizabeth Shrier.
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An academic journey that took 14-year old Eitan Murinson to the days of vaudeville will be taking him to Israel next month. Murinson, an eighth-grader at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Pikesville, was chosen as one of 40 students out of more than 12,000 who submitted projects about their family history as part of… Read More

‘Not Your Bubbie’s Brisket’ With Texas kosher barbecue, JCC Block Party promises to spice thing up

It will be a homecoming for Chaim Goldfeder, who is bringing his kosher barbecue all the way from Dallas. (Provided)

With an 11-foot trailer in tow, Chaim Goldfeder will arrive from Texas to his hometown in time to serve up authentic kosher barbecue at the second annual JCC Community Block Party. Goldfeder, the pit master and proprietor of Texas Kosher BBQ based out of Dallas, plans on giving the attendees of Sunday’s festivities a taste… Read More

One on One County’s top teacher makes it a point to connect with each student

New Town High School teacher Orly Mondell, according to a 
colleague, “is like a magnet that pulls everyone in.” (Provided by Orly Mondell)

Ask Orly Mondell, a ninth-grade teacher at New Town High School, the secret behind her being named Baltimore County’s Teacher of the Year, and she’ll stress her commitment that every student should receive a quality education. After working in the Manhattan public school system in New York City, she has seen students whose parents don’t… Read More

Dollars and Sense Local Hebrew schools feeling the pinch

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Walk through any number of the area’s supplemental Jewish educational programs and it’ll be quickly clear that these aren’t your parents’ Hebrew schools. For them, or perhaps in your own Hebrew school experience, upward of six agonizing hours a week were devoted to rote memorization of prayers and traditions. As The Associated: Jewish Community Federation… Read More

Obama Gets Candid on Middle East President speaks about Israeli policy, Iran deal at Adas Israel

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Adas Israel Congregation Senior Rabbi Gil Steinlauf.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama went on the charm offensive last week, declaring publically what his most ardent Jewish Democratic supporters have said he’s expressed privately: a love of the Jewish people and Israel. Speaking before an audience of 1,000 at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., Obama joked about his status as the “first… Read More

Repair the World Takes a Step Back Organization will use next year to re-evaluate its strategy in Baltimore

Repair the World fellows in Baltimore helped Civic Works transform vacant lots into community green spaces last year. (Photo by David Stuck)

Repair the World launched almost two years ago with the mission of making volunteerism a crucial part of young adult Jewish life in Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. With about 10 post-college-aged fellows in each city, each Repair the World chapter ingrained itself in neighborhoods, worked with various community organizations and nonprofits and has worked… Read More

Lawmakers Look Back on Session Hogan nixes education funding in favor of state pensions

State Capitol building, Annapolis, Maryland, (Photo Newscom)

The stakes were high in this year’s General Assembly session in Annapolis. Not only did Maryland have a new governor in Republican Larry Hogan, who ran on a campaign of bipartisanship and trimming government waste, but there were also 58 freshman legislators. Northwest Baltimore City and County legislators, including freshman Delegate Shelly Hettleman (D-District 11),… Read More

Perfect Fit Peace Puzzle Project connects global Jewish family

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Surrounded by pictures of Theodor Herzl and Israeli flags, a crowd of friends, parents and art lovers perused a decorated wall Sunday at the Jewish Museum of Maryland as part of the local installment of the Peace Puzzle Project. Created by New York-based artist Tim Kelly, the traveling group art exhibition asks people from all… Read More