Jewish Doctor Bids for Vitale’s Seat

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Emergency room physician Ron Elfenbein is bidding for the hotly contested state delegate seat in Anne Arundel County’s 33rd District, which was left vacant when former Republican Del. Cathy Vitale was sworn in as a county circuit court judge appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan. Vitale resigned on Monday, Feb. 23 upon assuming the bench. According… Read More

Lifelong Learning in Harford County Melton School expands to Temple Adas Shalom

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Over the course of four years, 27 adults in Harford County are aiming to complete 100 hours of Jewish learning. Through the expansion of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, now housed at the Macks Center for Jewish Education, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, in Park Heights, members of… Read More

Shomrim’s Watchful Eye Patrol group embraces community’s concerns, challenges

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For many in Baltimore’s Jewish community, a call to Shomrim precedes even a call to police when someone spots suspicious activity. The community watch group — one of at least three dedicated to protecting the bulk of the Jewish community in Northwest Baltimore — is growing. “The organization is growing both in profile and community… Read More

Hands-on Learning Day school students explore history and culture of Hispaniola

Breaking out of the normal school-day routine, Krieger Schechter Day School students did some serious hands-on learning with Caribbean flair. From Feb. 10 to Feb. 12, middle school students immersed themselves in the culture and history of the Caribbean, with a focus on Hispaniola, the island that is home to the nations of Haiti and… Read More

Jewish Studies Non-Jews account for large portion of Baltimore Hebrew Institute students

When Trey Palmisano enrolled in Towson University’s Jewish Studies program through the Baltimore Hebrew Institute in 2012, it was a perfect fit. So what if he didn’t have a Jewish bone in his body? “I would say that my knowledge of Judaism began and ended with the Old Testament,” said Palmisano, a master’s student in… Read More

Ruderman Best in Business Initiative

The Ruderman Family Foundation, long known for championing equality for disabled individuals, has partnered with The Jewish Week to recognize employers in the for-profit sector who empower and employ people with disabilities. Seven experts in human resources and inclusion will select the top employers to be named Ruderman Best In Business. The panelists will judge… Read More

Annapolis Day School Names New Head

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The Alpert Family Aleph Bet Jewish Day School has named Sarah White the new head of school, the first such change to the Annapolis elementary school in 17 years. White joined Aleph Bet in 2012 and teaches second-grade general studies and fourth- and fifth-grade language arts. Prior to joining the school, she was a classroom… Read More

Purim Roundup! A selection of festive events around town

Purim begins at sundown on Wednesday, March 5. The JT has put together a selection of events and megillah readings in the area. From wine-and-cheese receptions to tot Purim events, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday. All events are open to the public.   BALTIMORE CITY AND COUNCIL Arugas Habosem • March… Read More

New Hope for BOAST

Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, pictured with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), participated in a National School Choice Week rally in Washington, D.C., last month with more than 200 students, parents, teachers and advocates, all pushing for increased support of private schools. (Provided)

Many in Baltimore’s Jewish day school community were treated to a pleasant surprise recently when Republican Gov. Larry Hogan announced in his first State of the State address that he plans to lead the effort to pass the long-debated Building Opportunities for All Students and Teachers (BOAST) in Maryland Tax Credit. “[BOAST] provides tax credits… Read More

Interfaith Success Jewish-backed Baltimore Catholic high school celebrates first college grads

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Four years ago, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School graduated its first class of students. This spring, the school, which though Catholic, benefits from a significant amount of Jewish funding, will celebrate the graduation of that first class from college. Dozens of Cristo Rey alumni will graduate with their four-year degrees in May, said Jessica Gregg,… Read More