Blumberg Turns Survival into Advocacy


After a lengthy battle with colon cancer, Edel Blumberg, a “two-and-a-half” time survivor, took ownership of his illness by founding the Semi-Colon Club to raise awareness of the disease and its preventability. Diagnosed with Crohn’s and colitis — both forms of irritable bowel disease that are often precursors to colon cancer — by age 15,… Read More

On the Watch for Child Sexual Abuse


The packed room sat silent at Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Congregation last weekend, as about 150 people watched a 15-minute video of several adult survivors recounting their stories of childhood sexual abuse that happened within their Orthodox Jewish communities — committed by camp counselors, rabbis and other authority figures — some of which lasted over… Read More

Remembering Irvin Pollack: Pioneer Surgeon, Family Man

Dr. Irvin Pollack (Provided)

Dr. Irvin Pollack, a native Baltimorean and founder of the Krieger Eye Institute, passed away after a battle with melanoma on March 1. He was 85 years old. Pollack, born on Lanvale Street in 1931, received his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and pursued medicine at the University of Maryland Medical School. His wife… Read More

Four Questions Notions of Passover through a contemporary lens


Themes of oppression, affliction, soul-searching and liberation hold great importance in the Passover story, one that recounts the Jewish people’s escape from bondage, their exodus from Egypt and their eventual freedom. As we prepare to revisit and recount that story of Passover — a time during which, among many observances, we’re encouraged to question the… Read More

Associated Grants Kickstart New Jewish Projects

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In February, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore awarded a round of micro-grants to help boost new Jewish projects and organizations. The six projects, which were awarded $1,000 each, focus on a range of topics from technology to music to holidays. “The goal is really to help up-and-coming leaders and organizations to grow and… Read More

A Family’s Valiant Battle against Esophageal Cancer Met with Community Warmth

From left: Maya Mordecai, John “Monte” Mordecai, Mindy Mintz Mordecai and Mara Mordecai (Provided)

Mindy Mintz Mordecai has enjoyed successful careers in investigative journalism and litigation and now runs a nonprofit. But her main motivation stems from her passion to serve the community. When her husband of 14 years was diagnosed with stage III esophageal cancer, the community repaid her service, when, she said, they “wrapped their arms around… Read More

Teens Sound Off on Judaism’s Effect on College Selection

With the rise of anti-Israel attitudes on college campuses, many college-bound students are considering their Jewishness and beliefs regarding  Israel as a major factor in their college selection. In recent years, issues such as the size of the Hillel and the degree of  activity with the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel on campuses… Read More

County Police Arrest Two for Attempted Burglary, Auto Theft

  Baltimore County Police arrested a 17-year-old male and a 19-year-old male, both from Baltimore, in connection auto theft and attempted burglary in the early morning hours of March 22. Baltimore County Police responded to the 2300 block of Blackberry Road at 3:15 a.m. for a report of suspicious individuals walking through the neighborhood pulling… Read More

Sol Schwartz Remembered as Inspirational, Selfless


At 46, Sol Richard Schwartz of Reisterstown had everything to live for. Married for 22 years to Ilene Legum Schwartz, they had two children and a loving extended family, countless friends and admirers and a career in which he excelled. By all accounts he was the definition of the word “mensch.” His sudden death from… Read More

Edwards’ Emily’s List Support Rankles Van Hollen Backers


Members of America’s Jewish community, by and large, are some of the most progressive voters there are. They consistently back pro-choice Democrats, in some cases by a margin greater than 2-1, and other candidates who advocate increased public expenditures for social service projects and education. But they’re also staunchly pro-Israel, a fact that has many… Read More