Gender Gaps, Job Availability Examined

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While diversity has greatly increased at the Association for Jewish Studies — around half of the organization’s approximately 3,000 members are female and 17 percent identify with a religion other than Judaism — disparities still exist in the academic discipline. “Today women actually outnumber men among our recent Ph.D.s,” AJS president Jonathan Sarna, a professor… Read More

‘Gratitute for Every Breath’

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More than 700 people gathered Sunday night to celebrate the life and work of Rabbi Zvi Dov Slanger, who 70 years ago escaped the horrors of the Holocaust and went on to dedicate his life to the study and transmission of Torah. Born in Budapest, Slanger and his immediate family were among those Jews fortunate… Read More

Suburban Orthodox Launches $5M Capital Campaign

Growth in recent years has prompted Suburban Orthodox Congregation to launch a $5 million building campaign, the congregation’s rabbi, chairman and president announced in a Dec. 12 email to congregants. “The time has come to write the next chapter of our congregational narrative,” read the message, which was signed by Rabbi Shmuel Silber, chairman of… Read More

Baltimoreans Peddle from Jerusalem to Eilat

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For five days last month,165 people, including 17 local participants, took the scenic route through Israel — by bicycle. The cyclists were participants in the Arava Institute Hazon Israel Bike Ride and together raised more than $600,000 for the institute’s academic and environmental research programs in the Middle East and to help Hazon create sustainable… Read More

Cost of Doing Business

Newly elected Del. Hasan “Jay” Jalisi (D-District 10) describes himself as many things, but his role as property manager of some of the city’s largest apartment complexes has landed him in some hot water in the Baltimore area in the past, court and tax records show. In 1997, Jalisi began a company under the name… Read More

Right to Light Denied

Has anti-Semitism reared its ugly head in the Guilford community? Dr. Gary Pushkin and his wife, Kathy Abbott, believe it has, citing it as the reason their request to have a menorah displayed alongside the community’s “holiday tree” was denied. “They’ve had a Christmas tree there for years,” Pushkin said on Monday just hours before… Read More

Looking to the Future
Russel Family Generations project helps day schools raise millions

Baltimore took the lead in a project to shore up Jewish day schools with the six local participants of the Russel Family Generations Day School Endow- ment Project raising approximately $15 million in cash and commitments for their endowment funds. Baltimore’s institutions raised more than those in Boston, Los Angeles and New York, the three… Read More

Forging Bonds

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Congregants young and old from all over the city will gather to “rekindle, rejoice [and] rededicate,” as Beth Am synagogue celebrates its 40th anniversary with a weekend full of song, dance, food and memory. The grand Moorish-style building, designed by Joseph Evans Sperry, opened in 1922 as the home of Chizuk Amuno Congregation. When Chizuk… Read More

Chanukah and the Holidays
Families create meaning, tradition for their children

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Dozens of cars drove down Interstate 83 with giant electric menorahs on their roofs Tuesday night to mark the first night of Chanukah. The spectacle culminated in the lighting of a 30-foot menorah at McKeldin Square in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. While some feel such displays may oversell a Jewish holiday that isn’t as significant as… Read More

Statement from Gross on Return Home from Cuba

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Upon returning home from five years of imprisonment in Cuba, Alan Gross had the following to say: “Chag Sameach.  What a blessing to be a citizen of the United States of America.  Thank you President Obama for everything you have done today. I want to acknowledge the extraordinary and determined efforts of my wife of… Read More