ADL Reports Increase in Anti-Semitic Incidents

On Monday, the Anti-Defamation League reported an increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the first quarter of 2017 compared with 2016. In the ADL’s Washington region, which includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia, there were 37 incidents reported in this year’s first quarter, compared with 2016’s year-end total of 26 incidents. Nationwide,… Read More

Chaya Newman to Speak to Local Women and Girls

In an event sponsored by The Chesed Fund, Chaya Newman, an author and matchmaker living in Israel, will come to Baltimore to speak to both women and pre-teen and teenage girls about emuna and bitachon and the power of brachahs, respectively. The two talks will take place Saturday at 3209 Fallstaff Road. The first talk,… Read More

Beth El Welcomes Maggie Anton as Scholar-in-Residence

Beth El Congregation will host historical fiction author Maggie Anton as its scholar-in-residence for the weekend of May 5-7. Beth El last had a scholar-in-residence more than a year ago with Joshua Kulp, a Talmudic scholar who wrote a commentary on the Haggadah. Anton has also studied the Talmud, which informs her series, “Rashi’s Daughters”… Read More

Kosher Shop Me Latte to Open Third Location

Me Latte, the kosher coffee shop and restaurant, is expanding to downtown Baltimore, its third location. The downtown Me Latte should open May 1, said owner Salomon Bemaras, pending a couple of final bureaucratic sign-offs. The new location is 201 N. Charles St., near the cross street of East Lexington Street. “Our main goal is… Read More

An MIDC Milestone Nonprofit commemorates 25 years of Maryland-Israel business prosperity

Marvin Schapiro understood that the Baltimore Jewish community could help build a strong and vibrant Jewish state by helping its economy grow. Unprecedented high hopes took hold for Schapiro, a Baltimore native who died at the age of 82 in 2002, when, in the mid-1980s, he decided to invest in an Israeli company that made… Read More

Northwest Academy Teacher Charged with Sexual Abuse of Minor

A Baltimore County middle school teacher has been charged with sexually abusing a minor after police said he committed sexual acts with a 13-year-old female student. Chadwick Zamarron, 35, a math teacher at Northwest Academy of Health Sciences in Pikesville, is charged with sexual abuse of a minor, perverted practice, second- and third-degree sexual offense… Read More

WWII Jewish Resistance Fighter Speaks at Towson for Yom HaShoah

For its fifth annual Holocaust Survivor Speaker for Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) on Monday, Towson University featured Howard Kaidanow, who as a 13-year-old joined the Partisans, a World War II resistance group, after his parents were both killed by Nazis and their collaborators. The event was started off by Walter Gil, a Towson professor… Read More

Shomrim, Councilman Schleifer Help Police Arrest Carjacking Suspect

A 15-year-old was arrested and charged with carjacking, assault and theft of a motor vehicle after four separate carjacking incidents took place in the Upper Park Heights area Sunday. Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith called the suspect a “repeat violent offender” in a news conference Monday. At approximately 1:30 a.m., two people pulling up to… Read More

Hopkins Class Wraps Up Anti-Extremism Campaign

Instead of the usual integrated marketing class project of selling a specific, tangible product — like, say, a car — one class at Johns Hopkins University is selling something a little more difficult: an end to extremism. The 39 students in the advertising and integrated marketing communications class took on this big goal — competing… Read More

You Should Know… Kelley Spigel

After years of working for other law firms, family law attorney Kelley Spigel decided to start her own firm. Just two weeks ago, after four years of working at the law offices of Garland C. Hall, Spigel stepped out on her own. Spigel, 30, attended Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School and earned her bachelor’s degree… Read More