HoCo Synagogue Announces Morss Scholarship

Rabbi Sonya Starr (File photo)

Columbia Jewish Congregation has announced the Lester Robert Morss Scholarship, named after a former member. The scholarship, at $500, will be awarded to two students each cycle that wish to pursue an established  academic program in Israel or complete a service project with an established Jewish organization. Applicants must currently be high school or college… Read More

‘Wires Down,’ Heads Held High Krieger Schechter wins BGE video contest

The fourth-grade class that won BGE’s “Wires Down” contest poses for a photo with a check for $10,000. (photo by Justin Katz)

Students at Krieger Schechter Day School were treated to a surprise at the end of a Jan. 14 school assembly, when Baltimore Gas and Electric COO and president Stephen Woerner announced that the school’s fourth-grade class won the company’s “Wires Down” video contest. “The ‘Wires down’ video contest is all about reintroducing a very effective… Read More

A Danger Not in Plain Sight Local leaders discuss Anne Arundel County’s human-trafficking epidemic

Leaders from across Anne Arundel County — and Maryland — gathered at Congregation Kneseth Israel on Wednesday, Jan. 13 for a discussion on how to combat human trafficking in the state. The forum was sponsored by the Maryland League of Women Voters and the Annapolis Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, among other… Read More

Make Way For Millennials America’s youngest politicians eligible for presidency


The oldest members of the millennial generation are turning 35 this year, making them eligible for the highest seat in the land. While we may not hear “Hail to the Chief” as the intro for a millennial president this election cycle, 2016 is the last presidential contest in which America’s largest generation will be forced… Read More

Howard County Board of Education Decision Maintains status quo for Jewish High Holidays

Following more than an hour of discussion Thursday, the Howard County Board of Education approved Superintendent Dr. Renee Foose’s recommendation to maintain the decision to close schools on the Jewish High Holiday of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in the 2016-2017 school year. Following a motion by board members Bess Altwerger and Dr. Janet Siddiqui,… Read More

Bridging the Religious Divide Second seminar in DFI series looks at anti-Semitism in other religions

History professor Robert Freedman says Islam originally contained several anti-Semitic teachings, but there are different interpretations. (Provided)

The roots of anti-Semitism can be traced to the original teachings of the world’s largest religions, scholars told attendees at the Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development on Jan. 7. The workshop, the  second in a series dedicated to examining the causes of anti-Semitism,  featured lectures from history professor Robert Freedman, Rabbi Geoff Basik… Read More

Alleged Anti-Semitism in Council Race Community organizer claims candidate referred to Jewish opponent as ‘Jew boy’


Alleged anti-Semitism has surfaced in the race among three black candidates and one Jewish candidate to replace retiring District 5 Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector. In a Facebook post, minister and community organizer Kinji Scott accused Derrick Lennon of saying, “We can’t let this Jew boy get in,” referring to District 5 candidate Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer…. Read More