Weinberg Foundation Awards $400K in Post-Riot Grants

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation awarded $400,000 in emergency grants to 10 Baltimore-area nonprofits following the riots that took place after the death of Freddie Gray last month. The foundation, which provides $100 million in annual grants to nonprofits that serve low-income and vulnerable people in the United States and Israel, awarded the money… Read More

Weinberg Foundation Awards $400K in Post-Riot Grants

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The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation awarded $400,000 in emergency grants to 10 Baltimore-area nonprofits following the riots that took place after the death of Freddie Gray last month. The foundation, which provides $100 million in annual grants to nonprofits that serve low-income and vulnerable people in the United States and Israel, awarded the money… Read More

Countering the Immorality of BDS

Alan Dershowitz: “[The BDS movement] is an attempt to persuade the current generation of college students that Israel is a major human rights violator and doesn’t deserve [their] support.”
(Melissa Gerr)

Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz, in dialogue with attorney Alyza D. Lewin, commenced the daylong event Academic Freedom at Risk: the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement Against Israel at University of Baltimore School of Law, hosted by Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists. About 200 people,… Read More

Navy Midshipmen Killed in Derailment Was Dedicated Jew, Student Justin Zemser had his eyes on being a Navy SEAL

Justin Zemser pictured on June 27, 2013, at the United State Naval Academy, days after graduating from high school.

Richard Zemser, the uncle of United States Naval Academy midshipman Justin Zemser, couldn’t say enough good things about his nephew. “He did more things in his young 20 years than anybody can imagine,” his uncle said Thursday afternoon. He was taking a break from writing what he would say the next day at Justin’s funeral…. Read More

Jewish Midshipman and Tech CEO Confirmed Dead Despite carnage, commuters not deterred

Rachel Jacobs, with her husband and child.
Photo credit: JTA

A New York-bound Amtrak train originating in Washington, D.C. derailed Tuesday night in Philadelphia, killing at least eight and injuring more than 200 people, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said. Northeast Regional Train 188 was traveling at 106 mph as it entered the sharp curve, where the speed limit is 50 mph, according to the National Transportation Safety… Read More

County Budget Includes $4M for Pikesville High Property, income tax rates stagnant, funding allocated for new elementary schools

Kevin Kamentez (File)

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget includes $4 million to help fill a funding gap in the renovations at Pikesville High School as well as money for a new elementary school that will help alieve overcrowding in the Northwest corridor. The $1.96 billion operation budget, a 4.7 percent increase over last… Read More

Umami Not Closing

More than a month after the restaurant put up signs saying it would be closing, Umami Bistro remains open. And it will stay open, according to an employee of the restaurant and the developer who operates the shopping center Umami Bistro has called home for several years. A woman who answered the phone at the… Read More

Increased Inclusion at Area Synagogues

Two local congregations have taken new steps to make Shabbat more accessible to individuals on the autism spectrum. The Kolker Room of Beth El Congregation was filled with the sounds of children singing prayers and playing musical instruments at the May 2 Shabbat service led by Rabbi Faith Cantor and accompanied by Josh Bender on… Read More

BT Dahan Community School Earns Green Certification

Students at Beth Tfiloh celebrated Tu B'shvat while incorporating environmental issues into the meal.
(Photo provided by Beth Tfiloh)

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School has announced its certification as a 2015 Maryland Green School by the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education. “We are gratified to see the results of the incredible work that went into making this happen,” BT’s director of education, Zipora Schorr, said. Founded in 1999, the Maryland Green Schools… Read More

Hall of Fame Jewish Baltimoreans to be honored at fifth induction ceremony

From left: Robert De Niro; director Barry Levinson and writer Art Linso (File photo)

For their contributions to the arts, business, education, philanthropy and community building, 10 Jewish Baltimoreans will be inducted into the Baltimore Jewish Hall of Fame at the JCC. The fifth set of inductees, men and women, living and deceased, from all streams of Judaism, will be honored at a reception and ceremony May 20 at… Read More