Chinese Women Make Aliyah from Kaifeng

From left: Li Yuan, Yue Ting, Gao Yichen, Li Jing and Li Chengjin

For the first time in seven years, members of the Chinese Jewish community in Kaifeng made aliyah with help from the Jerusalem-based nonprofit Shasvei Israel on Feb. 29. “Kaifeng’s Jewish descendants are a living link between China and the Jewish people,” said Michael Freund, chairman of Shasvei Israel. “After centuries of assimilation, a growing number… Read More

Temple Isaiah Embraces Folk Music Roots

Cheryl Wheeler’s approach to performing is to “talk to people, sing and have a good time.” (Gwendolyn Cates)

When people think of Jewish music, folk music isn’t typically the first genre that comes to mind, but Temple Isaiah will become a folk music epicenter on March 12 when it welcomes Cheryl Wheeler in concert with Victoria Vox opening the show. “The purists thought it wasn’t folk music if it didn’t have a [history… Read More

A Living Story of Gypsy Survival Family’s Holocaust experiences strike lasting chord with guitarist Lulo Reinhardt

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It’s truly miraculous that Lulo Reinhardt is here to tell his family’s story and carry on its musical traditions. The Reinhardts — gypsies from India who settled in Germany 600 years ago — survived Buchenwald, Auschwitz and death marches. Some were inside, and moments from entering, the gas chambers when Auschwitz was liberated. Reinhardt, the… Read More

ICJS Adds Islam to ‘Enrich’ Its Mission

The Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies is adding one more worldwide religion to its interfaith mission —Islam. The nonprofit will now become the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies, although the acronym, ICJS, will stay the same. With a worldwide Syrian refugee crisis that has prompted controversial statements from presidential candidates, there is… Read More

Health Care Professionals Pack Medical Cannabis Brunch

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Doctors, dentists, surgeons and a variety of other health care providers came out in large numbers to learn about Maryland’s medical cannabis program on Sunday, Feb. 21. More than 100 health professionals attended the Maimonides Society brunch at the Suburban Country Club to hear Del. Dan Morhaim, who is also an emergency medicine physician, and… Read More

Dates Set for New Stevenson Chabad Hearings

The Baltimore County Board of Appeals will hear the case of a Chabad synagogue proposed for Stevenson Road in May. After a split decision in the Baltimore County Administrative Law case, both sides appealed Judge John Beverungen’s order that said the proposed synagogue meets some zoning requirements but possibly violates others. Rabbi Velvel Belinsky hopes… Read More

Jewish Maryland to Join in Shabbat Across America

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The celebration of Shabbat is one of, if not the most important ritual observances in Judaism, and on March 4, thousands of synagogues across North America will welcome their respective communities to join together to celebrate and learn about the Jewish tradition during Shabbat Across America and Canada. “Shabbat Across America and Canada allows Jews… Read More

Recourse for renters Proposal to reform Baltimore rent court system makes its way through legislature

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An effort by several Baltimore-based civil rights organizations to improve conditions in the city’s rent court system has made its way into Maryland’s public discourse, attracting support from like-minded groups and opposition from a network of land- lords along with the city’s  administration. The movement, known as the 7,000 Families Campaign, began in 2014 when… Read More

Loaves of Love Shared with Howard County Seniors

Lisa Welch (fourth from left) hosted a group of BBYO parents at her home to bake challah for the Jewish Federation of Howard County’s new community service initiative, Loaves of Love. (Justin Katz)

When it comes to homemade food, freshly baked challah has always held a special place in the Jewish tradition, and several Howard County parents are giving back to the community with the braided delight. “A lot of people have good memories of challah and Shabbat. I think if you went to a Sunday school and… Read More

Seasons Won’t Open Until After Passover

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A new kosher market being built in Pikesville will open its doors later than initially planned. Seasons, a New York-based kosher grocer, will open at 1628 Reisterstown Road, a 15,000-square-foot space that formerly housed an Office Depot. General manager Zachary Richards said the store won’t open until after Passover but would not give an opening… Read More