Providing the Highest Form of Charity

Maya Forit graduated this year as a registered nurse from the Achotenu pilot program. She has been accepted to work in the surgical department of Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. (Provided)

Eleven years ago, 8,600 residents from 17 Israeli settlements that made up Gush Katif — a small sliver of land on the Gaza Strip that Israelis and Palestinians transformed from desert to fertile agricultural ground — were forcibly  removed from their homes. Gush Katif was placed intentionally as a security island of Israelis surrounded by… Read More

Rock the Block

The threat of rain didn’t stop more than 3,000 people from attending the JCC’s third annual Community Block Party. Although the party was moved inside the Owings Mills JCC, attendees interacted with about 80 partners and sponsors and about 25 vendors selling everything from food to wares to jewelry and art, spread out from the… Read More

Clash of Countries, Mix of Cultures

Lyubov Ostrovska and Vitaly Kroner (Photo by Justin Katz)

Lyubov Ostrovska and Vitaly Kroner have shaped their careers based on the needs of the societies in which they’ve lived. Ostrovska has worked as a biologist in both an academic and research-based environment, developing a method for cancer treatment. Kroner was an electrical engineer for nearly two decades before purchasing a tax office in 2007…. Read More

Nature and Numbers Inspire Temple’s Stained Glass

(Justin Katz)

Temple Isaiah sits in a rural area of Howard County. In the sanctuary, two tall, narrow, clear glass windows flank the bima — and by extension the Torah. That’s how things had stood since the Reform congregation moved in 13 years ago. Last week, however, those windows were replaced by six custom-made stained glass panels…. Read More

Mid-Atlantic Media Honored by MDDC

Cover by Ebony Brown

The Baltimore Jewish Times added to its publishing honors last month at the MDDC Press Association’s Editorial Awards luncheon, held May 13 at the BWI Westin hotel in Linthicum. Besting publications such as The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun, the JT’s interim managing editor, Melissa Gerr, won Best in Show for arts and entertainment… Read More

Fed Live! Honors Members, Celebrates Community

This year’s Jewish Federation of Howard County’s Fed Live! Stars & Stripes is sold out, and with good reason. On June 9, more than 400 attendees will enjoy the witty “we put the mock in Democracy” entertainment of The Capitol Steps and also have an opportunity to Give for Good. Fed Live! is about honoring… Read More

Unable to ‘Do Everything,’ Hiller Finds Her Passion

Sarah Hiller: “Nonprofit advocacy work is what I want to be doing.” (Justin Katz)

It was during college that Sarah Hiller found herself questioning the impact she could have on the world. “I was learning about all of these things wrong with the world, all of the problems faced by different communities, and I was just struck by my own perceived inability to do anything about it,” says Hiller,… Read More

Suggs Appointed to Middle East Commission

Madeline Suggs, director of public affairs at the Baltimore Jewish Council, was recently appointed co-chair of the Governor’s Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs. The post, to one of several state ethnic committees, serves as second-in-command to the chair, Mehtap Sendur, a small-business owner on the Eastern Shore. “It was a surprise, a very pleasant… Read More

‘Seeds of Love’

Shirley J. Shafran (Jerri to all who know and love her) has relinquished the reins as  Congregation Kneseth Israel’s  pre-school director. Jerri is known for her laughter and giving hugs. She is as beloved by her staff as she is by the children. Her caring, friendship and boundless love for the children is evident by… Read More