Sights Set Squarely on Iran AIPAC Policy Conference targets nuclear deal as top priority at event that draws record numbers


Iran was center stage at this week’s AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington. Months after its nuclear deal was ratified internationally and approved by the Senate after the pro-Israel lobby had fought hard to kill it, speaker after speaker denounced the agreement. It was, in the words of Republican candidate Donald Trump, speaking to 18,000 attendees,… Read More

Processing the Pain of Grief During Passover


Loss is an unfortunate part of life that everyone is forced to face at some point, and while there is no simple solution to coping with grief, it can be magnified around the holidays. “In our experience, we have found that for people who may not be observant of other holidays or people who are… Read More

Charm City Tribe Gets ‘Wild’ for Purim

Charm City Tribe’s Wild Purim Rumpus features music, mask-making, an animated film and a whole lot of dancing. (David Stuck)

For Charm City Tribe Rabbi Jessy Gross, Purim is the perfect holiday to engage Baltimore’s Jewish young adult population. “It’s the one holiday that I feel really comfortable that we’re giving as much thought to the party as we’re giving to the Jewish content because they’re one in the same if we’re doing it right,”… Read More

Baltimore’s ‘Jewish’ Architecture Testament to Character, Conviction, Mobility of Its People Second of two parts

Beth Tfiloh Congregation sanctuary, designed by Morris Lapidus (Jeremy Kargon)

After establishing faith communities, neighborhood networks and businesses in East Baltimore from the mid-19th to the early 20th centuries, German Jews, and then later Eastern European Jews, moved to areas of the city not restricted to them because of their faith. Assimilation and varying degrees of financial success prompted their moves from the crowded immigrant… Read More

Refocusing Baltimore Despite last year’s unrest, city’s future has much in its favor


With memories still fresh of last April’s unrest surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, the young African-American man from Sandtown who sustained fatal injuries while in police custody, organizations throughout the city are working to erase the disgrace that national headlines heaped upon Baltimore, even as the upcoming trials of the officers involved generate almost… Read More

Annual CJC Book Fair Is Kick Start to Passover

Rabbi Sonya Starr (left) and Cantor Jan Morrison lead children in song during the first Passover Book Fair in 2014. (provided)

While Jewish children have opportunities to learn about the tradition of Passover each year, the classroom can be  a challenging place for the youngest members of a synagogue’s congregation. In an effort to create a more engaging atmosphere around the study of Passover, Columbia Jewish Congregation will host its third annual Passover Book Fair at… Read More

BJC Adocates in Annapolis

Michael Friedman, vice president of the JCRC executive committee (left), and Lainy LeBow-Sachs, BJC president (second from left), meet with Speaker Pro Tem Del. Adrienne Jones, a District 10  Democrat (far right). (David Stuck)

More than 200 Jews from across Maryland gathered in Annapolis Tuesday, March 1 for the annual Jewish Advocacy Day — a day where constituents from the Jewish community meet with legislators to lobby for the legislation they hope will pass in the current session, which runs through April 11. This included several members of the… Read More

Gloria Harris, Mentor and Matriarch

Gloria S. Harris (provided)

Gloria Harris, a founder of the Edward A. Myerberg Center who spent much of her life  involved in Baltimore’s Jewish communal organizations, passed away on Feb. 22. She was 91. Her family and friends remember her as a decisive leader and true matriarch. “She was a ball of fire, and she burned to be of… Read More

Delegate’s Bill Holds Life Insurers Accountable

Del. Sandy Rosenberg’s bill is based on similar legislation adopted in Colorado. Photo by Melissa Ger

A two-year quest by Maryland state Del. Sandy Rosenberg (D-District 41) to pass a law that would crack down on life insurance companies that attempt to limit coverage based on an individual’s travel destinations is making progress in the General Assembly. House Bill 803 would prevent insurers from charging different rates or refusing coverage to… Read More

Northwest Hospital Launches Expansion


Last month’s opening of the redeveloped and expanded Liberty Center building at Northwest Hospital is the first sign of redevelopment at the campus. LifeBridge Health, the parent company of Northwest Hospital, invested more than $5 million in the redevelopment and expansion of the building, expanding from 8,000 to 13,800 square feet. ExpressCare anchors the first… Read More