Killer of 11-Year-Old Gets New Trial Frustration, anger in Jewish community over court opinion

Wayne Stephen Young, who was found guilty of killing 11-year-old Esther Lebowitz in 1972, will have his conviction vacated and face a new trial, according to his attorney. The move is based on the “Unger ruling,” which concludes that incorrect jury instructions administered in Maryland courtrooms may have led to unfair trials. The Maryland Special… Read More

Charm City Banners Show Post-Terror Solidarity

Baltimore sent its love and support to a Nov. 26 wedding in Israel after the bride’s father and brother were killed by a Palestinian gunman. On Nov. 13, just four days before Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel were to be married, her father and brother were killed while traveling to visit family for Shabbat. The… Read More

Students Dedicate Plaque to Late Teacher

Louisa May Alcott School No. 59’s  reunion committee dedicated a plaque to the memory of its former teacher, Audrey H. Glassman, at Northwest Hospital on Nov. 17. “This bench in front of the Northwest Hospital Center is very appropriate as Mrs. Glassman and her husband, Henry, volunteered many hours for this institution,” Robert Cohen said… Read More

Reactions Vary to Hogan’s Request to Halt Syrian Refugees

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Gov. Larry Hogan’s announcement last month that he is requesting federal authorities to stop allowing Syrian refugees into Maryland until security is assured has drawn praise and condemnation from local officials. Hogan’s statement said safety and security of Marylanders is his top priority. “Following the terrorist attacks on Paris [on Nov. 13], and after careful… Read More

Up Close and Personal Photographer focuses on the soldier experience in Afghanistan

Robert L. Cunningham (center) poses for a photo with soldiers from a CH-47 crew attached to Task Force Tigershark in Salerno, Afghanistan.

Robert Cunningham has made four trips to Afghanistan, been involved in more than 140 combat missions and met countless soldiers, but he is not a serviceman; he is a photographer. Cunningham, who visited the Baltimore Camera Club last month, joined forces with Steve Hartov, an ex-Israeli paratrooper, novelist and military journalist, to create “Afghanistan: On… Read More

New Center for Teen Engagement Receives $1.5 Million Matching Grant

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The Jim Joseph Foundation awarded a five-year matching grant for up to $1,525,000 to The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, to put toward its Jewish teen education initiative in Baltimore. The Associated’s focused initiative includes a Center for Teen  Engagement, which will run a Teen Innovation Internship, a Jewish Teen Professionals Fellowship and a… Read More

‘Crossing the Line’ When being anti-Israel is being anti-Semitic

From left: Amalia Phillips, Shoshana Palatnik, Sophie Tulkoff and Reut Friedman at the screening of the film ‘Crossing the Line 2’ held at the Macks Center for Jewish Education. (Photo by Justin Katz)

There were video clips of loud, aggressive protestors, people staging “die-ins,” police arresting students in the middle of student-government meetings and academics from schools such as New York University and Brooklyn College giving lectures all with the goal of criticizing the State of Israel. However, many of these students and academics were going beyond the… Read More

An Enduring Legacy Levindale celebrates 125 years of support for Baltimore’s Jewish community

Present-day Levindale Panorama. (Provided)

Doris Kahn, a spitfire redhead and 102-year-old (“Don’t tell my boyfriend!”) resident at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital in Northwest Baltimore for three years — and a volunteer there for more than 40 — spoke with delight about  her daily activities, especially playing the piano for fellow residents. “Hum it and I can play… Read More

‘Out of the Blocks’ Reporter, composer/photographer give voice to Baltimore’s neighborhoods

Reporter Aaron Henkin and composer/photographer Wendel Patrick (at left, from left),  create hour-long audio portraits of life in Baltimore, one city block at a time. (Wendel Patrick)

As he worked his way along the 4700 block of Eastern Avenue in East Baltimore’s evolving Greektown neighborhood, radio  reporter Aaron Henkin tried out some freshly acquired Greek phrases with Evangelis Theofanidis, a lively character to be featured in the next installment of the WYPR audio  series “Out of the Blocks” airing on Dec. 22… Read More

A Step Above Two local congregations undergo deep self-reflection to rise above the standards set for pre-K in Maryland

Beth Israel pre-k teachers Lisa Yarmis (upper left) and Lauren Freeman (right) and preschool director Rachael Schwartz (center) help students draw in their journals. (PMarc Shapirohoto by Marc Shapiro)

On a warm day in late fall, students in a pre-kindergarten class at Beth Israel in Owings Mills were outside at the playground drawing in their journals. Others looked out at the parking lot and talked to their teachers about the purpose of speed bumps. While this scene could be typical for any pre-K class,… Read More