Bucking The Trend

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When the American Studies Association decided last winter to endorse the boycott of Israeli academic institutions, the rhetoric among many Israel advocacy organizations suggested that the Jewish state was at risk of becoming a target in the world of academia. But what was a just a possibility when students all across the country left for… Read More

Capital Classrooms

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The rabbi blows the shofar, the musical director belts out “Shalom Aleichem” and a new Hebrew school in Annapolis is born. On Sept. 7, 108-year-old Kneseth Israel held an opening ceremony to launch its inaugural year as the Jewish Education Center of Anne Arundel County (JEC). The Sunday morning event invited students, parents and staff… Read More

The Beatles Are Back In B’More

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Fifty years ago, on Sept. 13, 1964, when the Beatles played to a screaming crowd at the Baltimore Civic Center, photographer Morton Tadder found himself in the right place at the right time — but for Tadder, who is no stranger to serendipity, his accidental attendance at the event was business as usual. This month,… Read More

They Changed Everything

When The Beatles came to the Civic Center in September 1964, Jim Brazier wasn’t a huge fan, but he and a friend wanted to see what all the “Beatlemania” fuss was about. “It was a phenomenon and I wanted to catch it,” says Brazier, a Baltimore native who now lives in Annapolis. Although he and… Read More

The Beatles’ Jewish Roots

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Congregants at the Greenbank Drive Synagogue in Liverpool, England, always knew when the Epstein family had arrived for Shabbat services. “They all dressed in sync. The old man, Harry, and his sons Brian and Clive dressed with a nice black jacket and pinstripe trousers and … a bowler [hat], and they looked immaculate,” said Rabbi… Read More

Truthseekers Among Us

Millennial Voices, a new program conceived by the staff of the Jewish Community Services prevention education department, is geared toward teens and young adults and designed to create safe spaces and modes of communication that allow members of the millennial generation to unburden themselves, receive support and make meaningful connections with others. On Saturday night,… Read More

Cardin Opens Brotherhood Calendar

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More than 140 people filled Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Sunday night to hear U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) talk about foreign relations and domestic policy. Coming just hours before Congress was scheduled to return from a five-week vacation, Cardin’s address headlined the opening dinner of the BHC brotherhood’s 96th year. Cardin, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations… Read More

Outbreak Strikes Campers

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An outbreak involving at least 15 cases of whooping cough in Montgomery County is being traced back to a teenager who attended Capital Camps, which just announced the resignation of its camp director. Pertussis, commonly called whooping cough, is highly contagious and is transmitted through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs. It… Read More

DFI Honors Three Collaborative Programs

Michael Brandwein gives his keynote speech at DFI JPRO Day last month.

The programs were chosen as the top three submissions to DFI’s “Challenge of Collaborations,” which had 18 community organizations submit. The winning program, which received a $1,000 grant, was Jewish Community Gardening, the first runner-up was Four Rabbis, Five Opinions, and the second runner-up was the Center for Jewish Education’s Jewish Deaf-Blind Shabbaton. Jewish Community… Read More

Rochlin Named Camp Airy Director

After a decade as a public school administrator, Marty Rochlin is going back to camp as the new director of Camp Airy. Rochlin, a former camper, assistant director and programming director at the camp, takes over the Jewish boys overnight camp following the retirement of Rick Frankle. “I’m looking forward to coming back to play,”… Read More