Congregational Awareness Clergy from around the state learn how to address domestic violence

Shmuel Fischler speaks to clergy at a domestic violence workshop in Annapolis. (Daniel Schere)

More than 270 clergy members from across Maryland gathered in Annapolis on Oct. 14 for the Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition’s third annual training session. The event features a number of speakers from various faith and advocacy groups aimed at educating members of the faith community on how they can provide resources to their congregations. Baltimore… Read More

Not Your Typical CEO HoCo-based health executive honored by ADL

ADL national chair Marvin D. Nathan (right) presents MedStar CEO and president Kenneth Samet with ADL’s Achievement Award. (ImageLinkPhoto.com)

The Anti-Defamation League presented MedStar Health CEO and president Kenneth Samet with its Achievement Award at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington on Oct. 8. Columbia-based MedStar Health is the largest health care provider serving the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region with 10 hospitals, 30,000 associates and 6,000 affiliated physicians. “The principles by which Ken lives… Read More

A Guest from Ashkelon Mayor’s wife visits Chizuk Amuno preschool

Back row, from left: Orly Purrio, Revital Shimoni, Michelle Gold and Rabbi Ronald Shulman pose for a photo with a class at Chizuk Amuno’s Goldsmith Early Childhood Education Center. (Photo by Justin Katz)

When one walks into a preschool classroom, there is an expectation that children will be talking loudly, and in English. But when Revital Shimoni, wife of Itamar Shimoni, mayor of Ashkelon, Israel, walked into a classroom at Chizuk Amuno’s Goldsmith Early Childhood Education Center on Oct. 20, she was greeted by 11 relatively quiet children… Read More

Influential Optimist Local businessman Charles Baum was a problem solver, devoted family man

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Charles Baum, a prominent businessman in Baltimore’s Jewish community, passed away Oct. 24 at the age of 73. Baum, who had served as the president of the Associated Jewish Charities of Baltimore, a sister organization of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. Marc Terrill, president of The Associated,… Read More

Gordon Center Turns 20 Performing arts center continues to grow as it enters its third decade

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When the $4 million facility opened, it was of the highest caliber. No detail was overlooked in the creation of the Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts, from its masonry block design, lightweight concrete roof, ceiling panels and acoustic curtains — all of which contribute to the venue’s acoustic superiority — to its… Read More

The Great Challah Bake

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Approximately 4,000 women gathered at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium on Thursday, Oct. 22 for the Great Challah Bake. The event was part of the Baltimore Shabbat Project, which partnered with the international Shabbos Project that was celebrated in more than 465 cities last year. Each participant prepared two oven-ready loaves of challah from… Read More

Editorial Lands Carroll Commissioner in Hot Water Advocacy groups call for Rothschild to be repudiated

Rabbi Charles Feinberg (left) talks with Carroll County resident James Reter prior to the press conference. (Justin Katz)

The Council for American  Islamic Relations, joined by Jewish Voice for Peace, has called for Carroll County commissioners to repudiate the comments that Commissioner Richard Rothschild made in an  editorial published in the Carroll County Times. Speaking at a press conference in front of the Carroll County Office Building in Westminster on Oct. 22, the… Read More

Netanyahu: ‘Stop spreading lies’ Current grand mufti denies presence of Jewish temples at Jerusalem holy site

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Countering historical evidence and a publication released decades ago by a precursor to his office, the grand mufti of Jerusalem denied the historical presence of Jewish temples atop a contested holy site, which has been a flashpoint in the ongoing violence wracking the Jewish state. Speaking in Arabic to Israel’s Channel 2, Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad… Read More

Keeping Judaism at the Forefront Sobeloff Jewish Law Society gives attorneys, judges a chance to network

Judge Karen Chaya Friedman speaks at the judicial reception of the Simon E. 
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On Thursday, Oct. 8, hundreds of lawyers and judges gathered at Temple Oheb Shalom. It wasn’t for any type of formal programming that the legal professionals gathered; it was purely to schmooze. It was the Simon E. Sobeloff Jewish Law Society Baltimore Chapter’s annual judicial reception. Other than a brief address from Judge Karen Chaya… Read More