Taxed & Overtaxed

Do you have a bank account in Israel? If so, let’s hope you filed the correct forms. Otherwise, you could be in for a criminal investigation and some hefty fines. That’s because early this year, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it was cracking down on people not voluntarily disclosing their inc-ome and funds in… Read More

Over The Red Line?

The news that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unfairly targeted conservative groups has brought a new spotlight on a 2012 lawsuit filed by the pro-Israel group Z Street. According to Z Street Director Lori Lowenthal Marcus, the IRS singled out the organization and failed to move forward its request for 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status because… Read More

Sunflower Bakery Wins Disability Prize

Gaithersburg-based Sunflower Bakery, which trains students with developmental disabilities in its kosher facility for employment in the baking industry, this week won one of five $50,000 Ruderman Prizes for Disability. The second annual prize, which recognizes organizations operating innovative programs and services dedicated to the full inclusion of people with disabilities in their local Jewish… Read More

Fusion Of Faiths

We’re in the era of pluralism. Open-mindedness. Acceptance. Tolerance. “Our tradition,” according to Rabbi Daniel Burg, 37, of downtown’s Beth Am Synagogue, “is not to interrogate people before we count them in the community. … We don’t exclude people based on their beliefs.” It’s a peace-and-love mentality. And why not? Aren’t Jews supposed to be… Read More

Ready & Waiting

Orioles reserve outfielder Steve Pearce calls it the toughest job in sports. Yet, in a game against the Detroit Tigers earlier this month, fellow reserve Danny Valencia made it look easy. The job: serve as a bench player on a major league roster. The mission: find a way to rise to the occasion whenever your… Read More

Century Marked

On several occasions during their nearly 60 years of marriage, Emily Velelli would tell her husband, Emmanuel, that she wished to die before him. She didn’t believe she could live after he passed on. Nonsense, Emmanuel, who died in 1993, would staunchly tell her. “He would say, ‘No. You’re strong. You have to stay here… Read More

TED Talks Therapy

“The good news is that I’m old.” That was how Lois Blum Feinblatt, 92, opened the discussion that she and Chris Kraft, Ph.D., therapists in the Johns Hopkins Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit (SBCU), led  June 10.  The talk — “The Modern Family in America” — was a follow-up to a recent TEDx Baltimore presentation by… Read More

Professionals In Training

The seventh-graders at Bnos Yisroel of Baltimore celebrated life in the fast lane at a career exhibition this past Tuesday. On June 18, the 28 girls dressed up like professionals and welcomed parents, grandparents, younger and older students and their teachers to an hours-long presentation that showcased career opportunities, which the students had been researching… Read More

Amazing. Vibrant.

When Erica Biegen, a rising sophomore at Johns Hopkins University, signed up to travel with Baltimore-area Hillel students on a tour through Jewish Poland, she assumed the trip would focus largely on the country’s Holocaust history. Biegen soon learned, and was pleasantly surprised, that she was mistaken. The tour, which spanned nine days from June… Read More

Rabbis Reflect

The Baltimore Jewish Council held its annual meeting Thursday, June 13, at Chizuk Amuno Congregation. Israel at 65: Rabbis Reflect featured an intellectual and honest panel discussion by three of Baltimore’s rabbinical leaders: Rabbi Steven Schwartz of Beth El Congregation, Rabbi Ron Shulman of Chizuk Amuno Congregation and Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg of Beth Tfiloh Congregation…. Read More