Four Jewish Organizations Among Baltimore’s Top 100 Workplaces

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School and Congregation, Jewish Community Services, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc. have been named as “Top Workplaces” in 2014 by The Baltimore Sun.   The daily newspaper recognizes 100 companies each year with information drawn from employee surveys and bases its results on… Read More

Ulman Plots Next Move

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Nearly two weeks after his eight-year term as Howard County executive came to an end, Ken Ulman is waiting to announce what his next move will be. “One way or another I will be very involved in making a positive difference in the state of Maryland,” he said. “I hope to focus on innovation, the… Read More

Brewing Bromance: Men Learn to Open Up on Israel Mission

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You’re a middle-aged guy. You’re established in your career. Got a great wife, beautiful kids. But none of your friendships nowadays are anywhere as deep or profound as the ones you had in school. Last month, about 100 men tried to rekindle that old bromance during a week in Israel. Far from career and family,… Read More

Jews United for Justice Comes to Baltimore

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Molly Amster found her dream job at Jews United for Justice. Whether it was working on a sheep dairy in Wisconsin and teaching schoolchildren about where their food comes from, working at Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc. (CHAI) and bringing together African-American and Orthodox girls to talk about identity or planning BBYO conventions in high school,… Read More

Zirkin Will Lead JRC

State Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-District 11) moved up the ranks of the Maryland General Assembly last week.   Zirkin, who represents the Owings Mills and Reisterstown area of Baltimore County, will replace Attorney General-elect Brian Frost as chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, Senate President Mike Miller (D-District 27) announced on Dec. 3. The… Read More

Ner Tamid Offers Jewish Culture with a Twist

Several years ago, Ner Tamid and Rabbi Yisrael Motzen began to offer monthly programming to new families that resulted in a healthy growth of the synagogue’s community, though not everyone was satisfied. “The rabbis started to hear, ‘What about us? We’re not so interested in magic shows and reptiles anymore,’” from the parents of the… Read More

Solidarity and Support

A group of about 170 lay leaders and supporters from Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) recently returned from a seven-day trip in Israel to show their support and appreciation, in person, to the women and men of the IDF. FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors to provide financial… Read More

Farrakhan at MSU

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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan spoke at Morgan State University late last month, unsettling some in Baltimore’s Jewish community. Farrakhan, who gained notoriety in the 1950s as Louis X in the NOI movement, preaches self-sustainability and black empowerment, but his remarks on homosexuals, whites and Jews have made him the subject of criticism. “Farrakhan… Read More

Hands-On Help
Up close and personal with Israel’s defenders

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It’s not the typical Israel tour itinerary that entices visitors with an opportunity to power wash desert sand from armored personnel carriers, sleep on thin-mattress army bunk beds or dine on military food with Israel Defense Forces officers-in-training. But for a group of Baltimoreans who signed on for a Volunteers for Israel (VFI) trip, their… Read More

Lexington Lady Bows Out
After 81 years, Krieger family says goodbye

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“Lexington Lady! More than a woman to me. It’s the look that you wear that shows on your face you’re a Lexington Lady. Lexington Lady,” crooned the singer in the Lexington Lady jingle that ran for years on Baltimore radio and television stations. But now the iconic plus-size women’s clothing and accessory shop on Reisterstown… Read More