A Labor of Love Beth Israel Congregation, rabbi celebrate 'joyful' milestones

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Sixty years ago, 10 young Jewish families gathered to create their own community and place of worship and study. That was 38 years before the 1994 opening of the current $2.7 million building on Mitzvah Lane that is home to Beth Israel Congregation. What started out in the home of one of the founding members… Read More

Bernie Is Back Bernie Sanders reflects on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and lessons of 2016 Election

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“I am not a liberal, I am a progressive,” pronounced Sen. Bernie Sanders during a student-submitted Q&A conducted by Johns Hopkins University president Ronald Daniels. What became something of an open, periodically funny and altogether forthright conversation between Sanders and Daniels followed the former presidential hopeful’s hour-long speech about his recently published book, “Our Revolution:… Read More

New Howard County Sheriff Appointed

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Gov. Larry Hogan on Nov. 10 announced the appointment of William McMahon to replace Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald, whose alleged anti-Semitic, racist and misogynistic remarks and threatening behavior were detailed in a September report. McMahon, 54, a Republican, most recently served as the acting executive director of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions… Read More

County Schools to Remain Closed on Rosh Hashanah

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The Baltimore County Public School Board approved its 2017-18 academic year calendar on Nov. 9 to comply with Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order that public schools open after Labor Day. The approved calendar was the only one of the three options that complied with Hogan’s order while keeping schools closed on Rosh Hashanah. “We appreciate… Read More

Ethiopian-Born Miss Israel Tells Students: ‘Take Every Chance You Get’

Titi Aynaw, shown meeting President Barack Obama during his visit to Israel in 2013, has embraced being Jewish “100 percent.” (Photo by Avi Ohayon)

Yityish “Titi” Aynaw, an Israel advocate, television personality and the first Ethiopian-Israeli model to be crowned Miss Israel, visited two Maryland universities last week to give students a different point of view of the Jewish state — one from a woman who grew up sometimes hiding her Jewish identity in Ethiopia and who later was… Read More

Trialogue Series Brings Muslim, Jewish, Christian Communities Together

Rabbi Jessy Gross, director of Charm City Tribe, speaks about her organization, which aims to engage millennials in Jewish life outside of typical Jewish settings. (Photo by David Stuck)

Baltimore residents will have the opportunity to learn more about their Muslim, Jewish and Christian neighbors over the next few months as part of an Interfaith Trialogue Series sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council. The BJC has partnered with the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore, Church on the Square and JCC senior director of… Read More

A Divisive Result With domestic discontent and concern for Israel, Jewish community applauds and decries Trump's election

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  Donald Trump’s stunning victory in last week’s presidential election has stirred strong reactions from both those distressed and those enthused by the Republican candidate’s improbable win. And those reactions have struck on many issues that divide Jewish people the most. Indvidudals and organizations that adovcate for Jewish social welfare programs, the importance of a… Read More

Shabbat Project One for All, All for One!

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For the third year in a row, the Baltimore Shabbat Project brought together thousands of Jews from all over the region for Shabbat services, challah bakes, Havdalah and interdenominational celebrations. An estimated one million people in 1,150 cities in 94 countries took part in the Shabbat Project, an international effort started by South African Chief… Read More

Trump Supporters at Goldberg’s Trouble Customers

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Last week, ahead of the presidential election, Noah Bers was at Goldberg’s New York Bagels in Pikesville minding his own business and enjoying a meal when he started to feel a little uneasy about his surroundings. Outside the establishment, a group of six people who were scattered around a white pickup truck decorated with several… Read More

Bnai Zion Brings Initiatives to Baltimore Daniel Nozick

From left: Brian Gibbons, Neil Meltzer and Guy Flynn were honored by Bnai Zion on Nov. 3. (Provided)

The Bnai Zion Foundation, a national philanthropic organization that supports humanitarian projects in Israel and America, hosted its first event in Baltimore on Nov. 3 to honor three top local executives for their dedication to Israel and extensive philanthropic work. Guy Flynn, a partner at DLA Piper; Brian J. Gibbons, chairman of the board and… Read More