Community Gathers at B’nai Israel After Swastika Drawn on Sign

A crowd gathered Sunday morning at B’nai Israel Synagogue in Jonestown after a swastika with the word “shalom” below it was found drawn on a sign outside of the synagogue. While members of the community, elected officials and Jewish communal leaders came together because of an unfortunate act of hatred, the event was one of… Read More

Heads of JCC, Associated Address Bomb Threats in Video

In the wake of another round of bomb threats to Baltimore’s JCCs on Tuesday evening, Barak Hermann, CEO of the JCC of Greater Baltimore, and Marc Terrill, president of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, posted a video to YouTube to reassure the Jewish community. “The threats have been relentless,” Hermann said in the video. “They have… Read More

Temple Solel Hosts Out-of-the-Ordinary Jewish Comedians

Temple Solel in Bowie will be hosting an unorthodox (literally and figuratively) Jewish comedy act on March 25 as part of its annual fundraising event, which commemorates the Temple’s 53rd anniversary. The act, “You’re Funny, But You Don’t Look Jewish,” is performed by a troupe of four Jews that many would not identify as Jewish… Read More

Stevenson Names Hirshman as President

Stevenson University has announced that Elliot Hirshman, former provost at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and current president of San Diego State University, will be its new president effective July 1. Hirshman, who was named to the position on March 8, comes back to the Baltimore area after nearly six years at SDSU. The… Read More

More Bomb Threats to Local JCCs Wednesday

Late Tuesday night, both the Owings Mills and Park Heights JCCs were the targets of yet another wave of bomb threats, this time via emails that also included shooting threats. The threats also affected JCCs in St. Louis, Omaha, Neb., Atlanta and Boulder, Colo., all of which have been the targets of previous threats as… Read More

You Should Know… Nicole Talor

Nicole Talor has always been civically engaged and tried to do her part to advocate for and promote Israel. The 26-year-old Pikesville native, who graduated from Krieger Schechter Day School and Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, has served for the last two years as president of the Baltimore chapter of the Jewish National Fund Future… Read More

Another Side of the Auschwitz Nazis

“Everyone has this idea of Auschwitz that you can picture when you close your eyes,” began Rebecca Erbelding, museum archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. What most people likely imagine are images from a set of 200 photos called the Lilly Jacob album. The collection, which was discovered immediately after the end of World… Read More

When What’s Past Is Prologue Jewish Museum of Maryland exhibit looks at the Holocaust from new angles

Arbeit macht free — work sets you free. That simple phrase is the now-chilling epitaph that greets visitors at the entrance to concentration camps — most notoriously, Auschwitz. Auschwitz is one of the most well-known symbols of the Nazis’ horrifying ideology — “The Final Solution” to the “Jewish Question.” Before it was liberated by the… Read More

End-of-Life Bill Withdrawn in Md. General Assembly

A bill that would have allowed terminally ill patients in Maryland to legally end their lives failed to garner enough support from state lawmakers to advance in the General Assembly. On March 3, Del. Shane Pendergrass (D-District 13) and Sen. Guy Guzzone (D-District 13), both from Howard County, pulled the Richard E. Israel and Roger… Read More

Bolton Street Names New Rabbi

Rabbi Andy Gordon feels that he has found the proper spiritual home at Bolton Street Synagogue. “I loved Bolton Street Synagogue, the warmth and inclusivity and intimacy that they showed, both in their application and when I visited,” he said. “It just seemed like the right fit — I was the right rabbi for them,… Read More