An Excellent Jewish Education

When you walk into Bnos Yisroel there is a sign that reads, “Teaching students, not subjects.” And that message says it all. According to Rabbi Chaim Amster, director of development, since the all-girls school was founded in 2000 it purposely kept itself on the sidelines, growing “very quickly but quietly.” As the school prepares to… Read More

Science. Technology. Engineering. Math.

Science. Technology. Engineering. Math. Four words that make up an acronym that has become pervasive in the world of education. Day schools and yeshivot, according to Elliot Lasson of Joblink of Maryland, Inc., “have a responsibility to legitimately and adequately expose students to science and math classes so that they will at least consider those… Read More

Megacycle

Rabbi Ari Solomont thinks a bike is a perfect vehicle for raising money earmarked to benefit good causes. The Hashmonaim, Israel, resident’s recently launched Cycle for Unity (cycleforunity.org) is in gear to revolutionize Jewish activism and philanthropy. He rolled out this initiative to get young adults and professionals excited about connecting to charities, both Jewish… Read More

A Labor of Love, Survival

Lithuania native Israel Gruzin stood silently, grimly watching his cabinet-making shop engulfed in flames. It was his first very own business since immigrating to Baltimore in 1955. The year was 1976, and the Pikesville Lumber Yard — adjacent to Gruzin’s workshop — had caught fire. There was nothing he could do as his projects, materials… Read More

Missing Etan Savir

On Sunday, July 21, the world lost an esteemed teacher, father and friend of the community, as Etan Savir of Silver Spring and formerly of Baltimore passed away. He was 51. Born in New York on Oct. 10, 1961 to David and Elizabeth Savir, Savir graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1983 and… Read More

What’s “NEXT?”

Earlier this month, NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation launched its High Holidays Initiative as a continuing commitment for connecting young Jewish adults both nationally and locally with the Jewish community. With a newly enhanced interactive map, it is now easier than ever to locate upcoming High Holiday services and events. “Birthrighters wanted to… Read More

Police Investigating Levindale Homicide

Baltimore City police are investigating the death of an 86-year-old in his Levindale apartment in July as a homicide. Ernest Curtis was found dead in his apartment at The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Place, at 2500 W. Belvedere Ave., on July 30 after officers responded for a reported sick case, according to a police news… Read More

Politics-Free Prayer

Rabbi David Greenspoon, formerly of Adat Chaim Synagogue, will be running a new independent service in Reisterstown this High Holiday season. Rabbi Greenspoon told the JT that his decision to go solo stemmed from interested former congregants and from not wanting to “go through the process of finding some High Holiday rabbinical position that would… Read More

Levindale Death Being Investigated as Homicide

Baltimore City police are investigating the death of an 86-year-old found dead in his Levindale apartment in July as a homicide. Ernest Curtis, 86, was found dead in his apartment at The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Place, at 2500 W. Belvedere Avenue, on Tuesday, July 30, after officers responded for a reported sick case, according… Read More

From Ice Cream To Prayer

The campers and staff members at Capital Camps have spent the summer thinking, learning and putting together a prayer book to be used at the camp next summer. Led by Rabbi Miriam Burg, director of Jewish life, the project was put together in response to the camp’s need for a new siddur, as the one… Read More