Jewish Education Center to Open in Capital

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Changes are afoot at Congregation Kneseth Israel, a 107-year-old synagogue in Annapolis. This fall, the historic synagogue will be home to the new Jewish Education Center of Anne Arundel County. The school, founded by Rabbi Moshe P. Weisblum and directed by veteran Jewish educator Ellyn Kaufman, will welcome Jewish children of every denomination, offering religious… Read More

Vested Interests: Raising Funds to Purchase Bulletproof Vests

About a week ago, Rabbi Leonard Oberstein, director of the Teacher’s Institute at Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, received a call from Rabbi Yissocher Dov Eichenstein of Mercaz Torah and Tefillah regarding Eichenstein’s desire to “do something for our soldiers, specifically that they go into battle with the right safety gear.” As explained in… Read More

Aliyah During Wartime

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JERUSALEM — David and Helaine Brenner had a real Israeli welcome last week, as they prepared to leave Ben-Gurion International Airport to embark on their new lives as Israeli citizens. They ducked for cover and fled from an approaching rocket fired from the Gaza Strip. Fresh off the special El Al flight chartered by Nefesh… Read More

Working Together

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While uncertainty continues over how to quell the rush of young migrants crossing the Mexican border into the U.S. illegally and what to do with the children awaiting trials that will determine their fate, one thing is assured in Maryland: local faith leaders will have a large role in any upcoming action. “Texas shares the… Read More

Israeli Teen Speaks to the World

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While home by herself, Anat Suissa, 17, of Ashkelon heard the all-too-familiar sound of sirens signaling rockets from the Gaza Strip destined for the Israeli seaside city. As she waited in the bomb shelter around 2:15 p.m. on July 16, she heard and felt a huge explosion. “This time was different,” she thought, trying to… Read More

Media Bias? Depends Who You Ask

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With virtually every media outlet in the world covering the current fighting between Israel and Hamas, consumers, media savvy or not, are inevitably barraged with a variety of news reports, articles and photos that may paint very different pictures. Has media coverage been fair, truthful and balanced? That depends on who you ask. Some say… Read More

Ground Incursion Hits Home

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The human cost of Israel’s ground incursion in the Gaza Strip hit close to home in the United States this week, with a Beth Tfiloh graduate hospitalized and Jewish communities in Los Angeles and South Texas losing members in the fighting. Among the wounded was Baltimore native Jordan Low, a 2013 graduate of the Beth… Read More

State Highway Administration Repairing Beltway Bridge

Motorists traveling on Park Heights Avenue should prepare for temporary and long-term lane closures until fall 2015, as the Maryland State Highway Administration makes repairs to the bridge that carries the street over I-695. The $5.6 million repair includes removing and replacing the riding surface and concrete sidewalks, replacing a steel beam that was damaged… Read More

And, the Price is Right

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Meat lovers rejoice, because there’s a new kosher game in town that rivals in both price and quality the wood-paneled, white-tableclothed varieties that have for years plied their trade in offering decidedly treif hunks of juicy steak. The brainchild of Accents Grill and Cocoaccinos owners Lara and Larry Franks, Serengeti aims to do for Baltimore… Read More

Boys’ Night Out

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The grills were fired up and the strong smell of Scotch filled the air on a recent Sunday, as approximately 150 Jewish men spent the evening with the Etz Chaim Center for Jewish Living and Learning to “raise the steaks.” Literally. Raise the Steaks II, held at Bruce Sholk and Beth Kaplan’s private Baltimore estate,… Read More