Week of Advocacy Hundreds of Jewish teens from USY descend on Baltimore for annual convention

Teens at the United Synagogue Youth International Convention gather at the southwest corner of Camden Yards in Baltimore on Dec. 29. The protest came in response to the April 2015 Orioles game played in an empty stadium. (Daniel Schere)

More than 700 Jewish teens packed the rooms of the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront from Dec. 27 to Dec. 31 for United Synagogue Youth’s 65th Annual International Convention. The event’s theme was “Think More. Do More. B’more.” and focused on  issues at home and abroad. The day’s events of Dec. 29 began with empowerment workshops in… Read More

Jews for Judaism East Closes After 32 Years Lack of funding, flagging interest cited as reasons for dissolution

Jews for Judaism East, the regional arm of the national organization that thwarts proselytizers targeting Jews for conversion and works to strengthen and preserve Jewish identity through education and counseling, closed its doors last month after 32 years. Citing dwindling financial support as the primary cause, executive director Ruth Guggenheim said that the board came… Read More

Living Life Through Giving Life Everyman Theatre uses real-life organ donor example to illustrate the experience’s powerful emotions

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Birth, bar mitzvah, wedding … liver transplant? Donating or receiving a vital organ does not typically make the list when we think of events in the cycle of life. But for several in Baltimore’s Jewish community, it can be a signature moment in the lives of the recipient, donor and everyone else involved. Everyman Theatre… Read More

Jewish Community Split on End-of-Life Issue ‘Death with Dignity’ bill to be proposed again this legislative session

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The issue of allowing terminally ill, mentally competent individuals to choose to end their lives will be debated once again in the Maryland General Assembly. While a number of legislators, including the lead sponsor, and advocates who support the option are Jewish, the community is all but united on the issue leading into the start… Read More

Seven Mile Market ATM Robbed Wednesday Morning

(By Daniel Schere)

An unknown amount of money was stolen in a robbery at Seven Mile Market at approximately 6:55 a.m. Wednesday morning. According to reports from the Baltimore County Police Department, an employee who was filling the ATM was approached by a suspect who displayed what he believed to be a handgun. The suspect then fled the… Read More

Getting Their Mitzvah On

The Keep Punching team is in full force at the Park Heights JCC. (David Stuck)

Jewish Baltimore woke up bright and early on Dec. 25, but the atmosphere was more about giving than receiving at the 10th annual Mitzvah Day. Organizers estimated 1,000 volunteers from the community came to the Park Heights and Owings Mills Jewish community centers to write letters, decorate picture frames and do arts and crafts, all… Read More

Cheder Chabad Cyberthon Smashes Fundraising Goal

Children from Cheder Chabad’s preschool pose for a photo by the playground. (David Stuck)

Cheder Chabad of Baltimore raised $165,200 to put toward its school’s  scholarship fund through a 24-hour fundraising platform, charidy.com. The website requires campaigns to seek sponsors who will match their funds dollar-for-dollar with the contingency the goal is met in a single day. Cheder Chabad was sponsored by Tov’s Pizza, Dougie’s, Eden’s Café and DJ’sNE … Read More