Becoming a Jew … again ‘Shrek 2’ screenwriter brings his story of rediscovery to Baltimore

Jews for Judaism, the organization that works to strengthen and preserve Jewish identity through education, will launch its social organization for young Jewish professionals, J-Alliance, on Aug. 11. The event — Why Pray When You Can Party? — features screenwriter David Weiss at the University of Maryland, Baltimore SMC Campus Center. Weiss, whose credits include… Read More

A Garden for the Future Temple Isaiah congregant pushes green initiative

Several years ago Temple Isaiah’s grounds were little more than turf and parking lot, but through the efforts of Betsy Singer and the Sacred Grounds committee that she chairs, the grounds have been transformed both aesthetically and environmentally. Singer, who has been described as a driving force behind the initiative, says her primary motivation is… Read More

Celebration of Life, Four Centenarians

FutureCare Lochearn held a celebration of life on July 31 for four of its special residents: Frances Smeyne, 100; Maxine Gray, 100; Emma Ennis, 100 and Elce Caldwell, 103. The four were joined by about 50 others including fellow residents, friends and family for food, dancing and poetry. As a part of the event, family… Read More

Coming Together LGBT discussion at Enoch Pratt led by change-makers

Yitz Jordan, whose stage name is Y-love, has seen hate, prejudice and racism throughout his life, but when he and several other LGBT activists shared their stories in Baltimore on July 21, the negative wasn’t the focus of their discussion. “Taking a negative and making it a learning experience,” said Jordan, “[People have heard] a… Read More

Believing in Baltimore City students express feelings about unrest with help from renowned musicians

When Baltimore City saw riots and looting following the death of Freddie Gray in April, Believe in Music founder Kenny Liner was scared for his students and spent the night fighting the urge to hop in his car to make sure they all were OK. The Living Classrooms program, which aims to uplift Baltimore’s inner… Read More

From Owings Mills to Mississippi Ali Duhan takes her Jewish involvement down South

Those who have worked with her call her ambitious and passionate and say she has bright future in the Jewish community. Owings Mills native Ali Duhan, 22, who graduated from McDaniel College this past spring, has taken her energy to the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL), where she recently started a two-year education… Read More

A Time to Act Thousands in Jewish community speak out in opposition to Iran nuclear deal

Little more than a week after the Iran nuclear deal agreement was announced and as the details begin to sink into the minds of Americans, many members of the Jewish community are raising their voices in protest and concern. At Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion Congregation, approximately 1,500 congregants and other community members came together at… Read More