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B’nai Israel is raising the bar on synagogue engagement. What can others learn?
BY By Maayan Jaffe
April 26, 2013

For all the crime statistics and delinquency portrayed on “The Wire,” and even reported in The Baltimore Sun, downtown Baltimore is still an amazing place to be. You can drive less than five minutes and find something exciting to do. There are bright lights and hons and foods lathered in Old Bay. Sure, it can CONTINUE »

BJC, Baltimore City Community College discuss future of Holocaust Memorial
BY Ron Snyder
March 31, 2013

Discussions are underway about moving Baltimore’s Holocaust Memorial from its current downtown location on Lombard Street adjacent to the now-closed Bard building, which is owned by Baltimore City Community College. But, said Dr. Arthur C. Abramson, executive director of the Baltimore Jewish Council, there are no specific plans. Abramson said there have been discussions with CONTINUE »

Jewish Baltimore makes its case in Annapolis
BY Ron Snyder
March 1, 2013

As an employee with Jewish Community Services, Joan Cohen said she often sees firsthand the struggles facing the community. Cohen wants to ensure that those most in need can receive help and that those with the power to take action are aware of the help that is needed. That desire was in part what motivated CONTINUE »

Debate over capital punishment in Maryland heats up
BY Ron Snyder
February 22, 2013

Rabbi Seth Bernstein said his understanding of Jewish law is that the preservation of human life takes precedent above all else. The Howard County Board of Rabbis president believes this is true even for murderers. That is why Bernstein is among a growing list of religious leaders supporting Maryland officials in repealing the death penalty. CONTINUE »

Fourteen organizations join forces to rally against auto manufacturers doing business in Iran
BY Maayan Jaffe
February 8, 2013

Nissan, Volkswagon, Audi, Mercedes, Mazda and Peugeot continue to do business with Iran, the world’s most prominent state sponsor of terror and a country that is pursuing an illegal nuclear weapons program. The Baltimore Zionist District and United Against a Nuclear Iran have joined forces with more than a dozen other organizations — Jewish and CONTINUE »