BJC, ECYP Team Up to Promote Black-Jewish Dialogue

In an effort to strengthen bonds between African-American and Jewish teenagers, the Baltimore Jewish Council (BJC) and Elijah Cummings Youth Program (ECYP) in Israel have teamed up for an eight-month fellowship program. The program, which begins in September, will teach teens ages 15 to 18 how to facilitate constructive dialogue among their peers on contentious… Read More

Rhoda Harrison Returns to Har Sinai as Education Director

Rhoda Harrison has returned to where her career in the Jewish clergy began, joining Har Sinai Congregation as director of educational learning and programming. Harrison, who served as cantor and musical director of the Owings Mills-based Reform-affiliated congregation from 1993 to 1999, starts her new job on Saturday. She replaces education administrator Pamela Mandell, who… Read More

Cantor Jan Morrison leaves Dor L’dor Legacy at CJC

  Cantor Jan Morrison is “everything that you would want in a clergy member,” said Robin Rosenfeld, administrator at Columbia Jewish Congregation, which will say farewell to Cantor Morrison on June 30. Although she will still be volunteering in the community and involved with its programs and choir, she is retiring from the congregation to… Read More

Pearlstone to Hold Fourth of July Celebration

The Pearlstone Center will host a summer festival, complete with swimming, sports, art and wilderness survival classes, on Tuesday. The center recently hosted its first quarterly festival corresponding to Jewish holidays this past spring, but Jakir Manela, executive director at the Pearlstone Center, said the Fourth of July festival is an outlier because it celebrates… Read More

You Should Know … Laurie Rosen

Laurie Rosen, a Baltimore native and part-time financial loan consultant at her father’s company, HFS Financial, is one of the newest community connectors through the Macks Center for Jewish Education. Rosen is tasked with providing opportunities for members of the community to connect with peers through various Jewish programs and activities “to cultivate and deepen… Read More

Rabbi in Residence Gets Early ‘Farewell’ Honor

Hiring a rabbi with the intent of letting him go after three years is not a common practice — neither is hosting a celebratory meal in his honor. But Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah is doing both. The synagogue will host a brunch for Associate Rabbi Joel Dinin on July 9 at 10 a.m. In approximately… Read More

New Jewish Deli Coming to Town

Neil Parish, a Baltimore native and founder of The Kibitz Room in Cherry Hill, N.J., will bring his delicatessen to the Baltimore area later this summer, when he opens for business in the Hooks Village retail space formerly occupied by the Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Company. The Kibitz Room will share the 50,000-square-foot mixed-use space… Read More

Cycling Activists, City Officials Reach Settlement on Potomac Street Bike Lane

One day before a scheduled court hearing, bicycling advocates and Baltimore City officials agreed to a settlement on Tuesday to keep the Potomac Street protected bike lane in place. Bikemore, the city’s leading bike advocacy group, had sued city officials after officials announced plans to remove the cycle lane after some residents voiced concerns that… Read More

Something Old, Something New Jewish Museum of Maryland exhibit tracks evolution of Jewish marriage

A cake topper with a groom wearing a kippah. A chuppah made, in part, with a grandmother’s lace. The gold wedding dress of a divorcee. A lease to a bride’s father for a wedding reception venue at The Alcazar in Baltimore in 1929. These and other items are on display at the newly opened “Just Married!”… Read More

Torah Scroll Brings Pride to Jews in Harford County

  Harford County’s Jewry flooded the streets outside Rabbi Kushi Schusterman’s Harford Chabad on Sunday, June 25 to celebrate the completion of its new Torah scroll. Before festivities began, community members watched the scribe write the final characters of the scroll to make sure they were kosher and then lift the scroll to be dressed…. Read More