Ner Tamid Offers Jewish Culture with a Twist

Several years ago, Ner Tamid and Rabbi Yisrael Motzen began to offer monthly programming to new families that resulted in a healthy growth of the synagogue’s community, though not everyone was satisfied. “The rabbis started to hear, ‘What about us? We’re not so interested in magic shows and reptiles anymore,’” from the parents of the… Read More

Solidarity and Support

A group of about 170 lay leaders and supporters from Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) recently returned from a seven-day trip in Israel to show their support and appreciation, in person, to the women and men of the IDF. FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors to provide financial… Read More

Farrakhan at MSU

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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan spoke at Morgan State University late last month, unsettling some in Baltimore’s Jewish community. Farrakhan, who gained notoriety in the 1950s as Louis X in the NOI movement, preaches self-sustainability and black empowerment, but his remarks on homosexuals, whites and Jews have made him the subject of criticism. “Farrakhan… Read More

Hands-On Help

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It’s not the typical Israel tour itinerary that entices visitors with an opportunity to power wash desert sand from armored personnel carriers, sleep on thin-mattress army bunk beds or dine on military food with Israel Defense Forces officers-in-training. But for a group of Baltimoreans who signed on for a Volunteers for Israel (VFI) trip, their… Read More

Lexington Lady Bows Out

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“Lexington Lady! More than a woman to me. It’s the look that you wear that shows on your face you’re a Lexington Lady. Lexington Lady,” crooned the singer in the Lexington Lady jingle that ran for years on Baltimore radio and television stations. But now the iconic plus-size women’s clothing and accessory shop on Reisterstown… Read More

Smash Success

A new podcast has quickly become possibly the most successful of all time. “Serial,” in its first season, has been downloaded or streamed more than 5 million times from iTunes and averages around 1.5 million listeners per episode, according to reports. It has been written about in The New York Times and The Washington Post… Read More

Shalom USA Signs Off

After 15 years as a Sunday morning staple, Jay Bernstein, host of Shalom USA, signed off the Baltimore airwaves for the final time this past weekend. The increasing difficulty in finding advertisers and donors to cover the radio station fee was the primary reason for ending the weekly broadcast. Shalom USA, which began as Shalom… Read More

Ner Tamid Charters New Scout Troop

Ner Tamid Congregation has a new Cub Scout troop through its youth program. Pack 1299 received its charter from the Boy Scouts of America and started meeting in September.   Ner Tamid youth group director Sam Wach has recruited parent volunteers to be pack and den leaders, and the cub master will be Rivka Trapp…. Read More

Storch Featured at Security Conference

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Baltimorean Frank Storch traveled to Israel earlier this month to share with the international Jewish community his guide to keeping schools safe.   “As we all know, there’s always room to improve security,” said Storch via email. He presented his “Keep Your School Safe” guide at the third annual International Conference on Homeland Security, which… Read More

Palestinian Media Watchdog Visits Hopkins

Johns Hopkins University hosted a talk from the founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch earlier this month, offering students the opportunity to hear an in-depth assessment of the media messages that reverberate within Palestinian  society every day. The rhetoric Palestinian authorities deliver to the Western world in English is very different from what leaders… Read More