Moshe Moskowitz Remembered as ‘Simcha’ 13-Year-Old Talmudical Academy Student Killed in Crash

The funeral service for 13-year-old Moshe Simcha Moskowitz, son of Rabbi Doniel and Tamara Moskowitz, Dec. 15 at Sol Levinson & Bros. attracted mourners numbering in the hundreds — the chapel, which seats 500 to 600 people, overflowed to fill a large part of the entryway and a side chapel. Moshe died Dec. 13 from… Read More

Bolton Street Synagogue Celebrates Reform Affiliation

On Dec. 3, Bolton Street Synagogue officially celebrated its recent affiliation with the Reform movement this past spring with a Shabbat dinner and service presided over by both its own rabbi, John Franken, and Rabbi Jonah Pesner of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Since its inception in 1986, Bolton Street has been unaffiliated…. Read More

Temple Oheb Shalom Welcomes First Female Rabbi

Temple Oheb Shalom welcomed Rabbi Sarah R. Marion as its newest spiritual leader in June, a historic appointment, as Marion is the first female clergy member to join the congregation since its founding 163 years ago. From Westchester, N.Y., Marion, 30, grew up in a family that was not particularly religious. She did not become… Read More

J Street Founder Encourages Diversity of Opinions on Israel

Before a crowd of about 100 at Temple Oheb Shalom last week, J Street president and co-founder Jeremy Ben-Ami said that it is both healthy and necessary for Jews in the United States to voice their diverse opinions on Israel. He called J Street both pro-Israel and pro-peace, outlining them as an organization that recognizes… Read More

Two Firsts for Area’s JNF Add Up to Exciting Future

On Dec. 8, the Jewish National Fund’s Baltimore and Delaware office celebrated two milestones with the appointment of Orly Shalem as president, the first woman and first Israeli to hold the post. Growing up in Be’er Sheva and living on a kibbutz as a teenager near Ashkelon (Baltimore’s sister city), Shalem was aware that there… Read More

Weinberg Foundation Celebrates Grants, Looks to Future

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation announced plans to distribute nearly $99 million in grants this year at its Annual Community Gathering, which the organization held at Beth El Congregation on Nov. 16 to celebrate its mission, partnerships and this year’s accomplishments. The event took place shortly after the 26th anniversary of Harry Weinberg’s death… Read More

100 Years, 100 (Thousand) Stories Jewish Big Brother Big Sister Program celebrates its centennial

Do the math and there is a glimpse into the impact of the Jewish Big Brother Big Sister Program in Baltimore — tens of thousands of lives (perhaps even more) meaningfully, personally changed over 100 years. But this isn’t a numbers story. It’s a human one. From the forging of lifelong friendships to the inspiring… Read More

Hillel Gives Awards, Receives Record Gift

Three Hillel campus centers in Maryland and Washington, D.C., were among the recipients of awards from Hillel International, presented at the organization’s annual Global Assembly in Orlando, Fla., this month. Goucher College Hillel won the Israel Education and Engagement Award; University of Maryland Hillel received the Phillip H. and Susan Rudd Cohen Outstanding Campus Award;… Read More

13-Year-Old Talmudical Academy Student Killed in Crash Tuesday

Baltimore 13-year-old Moshe Simcha Moskowitz, son of Rabbi Doniel Moskowitz, was killed in a four-vehicle collision on northbound I-95 near Route 200 around 9 p.m. Tuesday. His mother, Tamara Moskowitz, 45, was in critical condition at a MedStar facility in Washington, D.C., as of Thursday morning. The Moskowitz’s Dodge Caravan was slowing down as it approached… Read More

How To Speak for the President Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer on identity politics, the Middle East and Jewish-American pride

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer is proud to be a Jew. While giving the address at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s Keynote Event on Thursday, Dec. 8 to a packed room in the lavish Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor ballroom, Fleischer declared that he’s also proud to be an American. He… Read More