Howard County Native Takes Over Cincinnati Jewish Council

Last month, Howard County native Jackie Congedo was named director of the Cincinnati Jewish Community Relations Council, the city’s equivalent of the Baltimore Jewish Council. The council is an arm of the local Jewish Federation. “I feel really humbled and lucky to have been offered this opportunity during this pivotal time,” Congedo, 31, said. Congedo… Read More

Maryland General Assembly Legislative Wrap-Up Highs, lows for Jewish lawmakers

The most recent Maryland General Assembly session was an eventful one for Jewish lawmakers and lobbyists in which many priorities were funded and top policy initiatives both passed and failed. Lawmakers voted to pass a bill to ban the controversial natural gas extraction technique known as fracking, or hydraulic fracturing. They also approved legislation that… Read More

BT First-Graders Create Upcycled Passover Mural

After months of students and staff at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School saving bottle caps, first-graders in Toby Kaplowitz’s class unveiled a mural out of the reused bottle caps that depicts the Exodus from Egypt. “I had this idea over the summer,” said Kaplowitz. “My mother, who is a lifelong teacher, gave me a booklet… Read More

Baltimore County Public Library Rebrands

The Baltimore County Public Library announced last week a rebrand for the whole system, meant to align all its many programs and services under one umbrella. Along with an updated logo comes the tagline, “Be All In.” The BCPL last changed its logo in 2011. This rebrand finds the “B” with a crease in the… Read More

At the 4Front of Engaging Jewish Teens

The Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC’s teen engagement effort, originally called the Center for Teen Engagement, recently rebranded to 4Front, a name officials feel better embodies its purpose and goals. “Our name, 4Front, comes from two areas,” said Rabbi Dena Shaffer, director of the organization. “We see ourselves on the cutting edge, or forefront, of engaging… Read More

Social Justice Seder Addresses Police Accountability

Jews United for Justice (JUFJ), a grassroots organization that pursues justice and equality through a Jewish lens, uses the story of Passover to focus on a key Baltimore issue — police accountability The organization’s social justice seder, held April 2 at Bolton Street Synagogue, included a revised haggadah for the theme and was attended by… Read More

UFood Grill Hosts Grand Opening

UFood Grill, a new venture into the world of delicious but healthy food, held its grand opening on Saturday, April 1 at the Metro Centre in Owings Mills. A number of community members, including Baltimore County Councilman Julian Jones (D-District 4), turned out to sample the food and support the newest local business. The venture… Read More

A SAFE Bet Elder abuse program at CHANA comes into its own

During the hottest part of the summer last year, John would go to work, leaving behind his wife, Jane, who was cognitively impaired due to dementia, in a home without a working air conditioner or fridge. The food had maggots in it. A cousin eventually reached out to CHANA, an agency of The Associated: Jewish… Read More

Bradley Melzer: A Leader in Beth Tfiloh Baseball

Bradley Melzer considers himself fortunate to be playing for Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School’s varsity baseball team, laying the groundwork for a new generation of players he hopes to inspire. A team captain and four-year starter, Melzer had considered suiting up for perennial area high school powers such as Gilman or St. Paul’s. But the… Read More

Good Deeds Day Inspires Community Members

International Good Deeds Day, a day of community service, actively involves more than 1 million people worldwide in 15,000 projects that take place in more than 70 countries. It was started in 2007 when Shari Arison, one of Israel’s wealthiest women, decided to encourage people globally to unite and give back to their communities. This… Read More