‘The Greatness of Israel’


More than 800,000 people (one-tenth of the population of Israel) attended Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s funeral earlier this week. Rabbi Yosef died Monday at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem of complications from multiple organ failure. He was 93. Since his passing, countless articles and statements by some of the world’s most important Jewish (and… Read More

‘Titan of Jewish Education’


Displayed prominently at the entrance to the new Joseph Meyerhoff Collection — consisting of more than 70,000 volumes of Jewish history, education and religious practice —  is the visage of the titanic leader of the former Baltimore Heb-rew University: Dr. Louis L. Kaplan. His presence and his legacy loom over this extensive collection now housed… Read More

Union Of Faiths


It has been a quarter-century since Christopher M. Leighton, executive director of the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, set out to disarm religious hostility. “I didn’t realize there would be such job security in that field,” said Leighton with a slight chuckle. Talking with the JT just before the final program celebrating the ICJS’s… Read More

Styling Made Simple


Right off Pikesville’s Hooks Lane, Baltimore native Lauren Rutkovitz  and her team of styling experts are busy making Baltimore women look and feel their best. With its warm turquoise walls, A Style Studio is a full-service makeup studio mixed with a clothes and accessories boutique, dedicated to providing women — all women — the opportunity… Read More

Remembering The Humanitarian Project That Time Forgot


Asbury Park, N.J., is widely known for the Jersey Shore and Bruce Springsteen. While these certainly make the city a noteworthy place, Asbury Park is also the setting of an extraordinary tale of humanitarianism that started with one couple simply doing what they thought was right, a story time has forgotten. In August 1952, Rose… Read More

Philanthropic Revolution?


“Revolutionize sounds very in vogue,” said Marc B. Terrill, president of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. “But I don’t think the core principles of philanthropy and tzedakah are altered at all. The core principles are going to endure.” As president of an organization that raises upward of $30 million per year, Terrill is… Read More

The Great Outdoors

Bye, bye iPads and Game Boys. Hello, earthworms and squirrels and stones. A new lunch ‘n’ learn initiative at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC Stoler Early Childhood Education Center is taking kids out of their classrooms and into the great outdoors. The concept is not a new one for the JCC, which has had a… Read More

Informed, Impassioned and Involved


Last week, gathered inside Beth Israel Congregation’s sukkah, Julie Sakin, chair of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation, launched the organization’s 11th year. JWGF is a unique philanthropic group of intelligent, informed and impassioned women with varied backgrounds and of all ages. Now with more than 90 members, JWGF has… Read More

Boys’ Latin Club Builds Sukkah


While many local high school students were sitting in class or relaxing at lunch on a recent Wednesday afternoon, 16 boys from the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland and Gilman School gathered in a sukkah to celebrate the final day of Sukkot. “Introduce yourselves. Say what grade you’re in and what your favorite holiday is,”… Read More