US-Israel Relationship May Be ‘Doomed to Succeed’

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Ambassador Dennis Ross, who has served as a diplomat in the Middle East in several presidential administrations, played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East. He will speak about his new book “Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama” at Beth El Congregation on April 3. [“Ross] has… Read More

Pesach vs. Politics

Politics and Passover will both be high priorities for Maryland Jews next month. But what happens when they overlap? Maryland’s primary election is April 26, which happens to be during the  intermediate days of Passover, when many Jews are out of town for the holiday. But a voter need not be present on April 26… Read More

Baltimore County to Tackle Hunger in Schools

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Although there are programs in place to ensure that hungry students have food to eat at school, Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond has learned that there are still exceptions. She recently learned of the problem from retired friends who had been volunteering in school cafeterias. “They said kids are falling through the cracks where  papers… Read More

Hoffberger Scholar to Address Torah Canonization

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Michael Satlow, a professor of Judaic and religious studies at Brown University for 14 years, recently authored “How the Bible Became Holy,” which questions preconceptions about the Torah that some take for granted as truth. “[Satlow’s] most recent work is revolutionary because it deals with the canonization of the Torah and the Bible  itself,” said… Read More

Foundry Row Announces New Tenants

Foundry Row Front Elevation as depicted in 2013. (File photo)

Developers of forthcoming Owings Mills center Foundry Row, which will open in the fall and be anchored by Wegmans,  announced 11 new tenants. The $140 million, 50-acre development, situated on Reisterstown Road at the former site of a Solo Cup factory, will also feature Bar Louie, an American restaurant with cocktails and microbrews; Mission BBQ;… Read More

You Should Know … Philip Chorney

Philip Chorney (Jordan August Photography)

Philip Chorney, 31, was born and raised in the Reisterstown-Owings Mills area. He attended high school at the Western School of Technology and Environmental Science and was a lifeguard at the Jewish Community Center. So, he’s a hometown boy. He discovered bluegrass music thanks to his high school girlfriend’s family. Now, he is one of… Read More

NASA Goddard’s Semion Kizhner Always Reaches for the Stars

Semion Kizhner  (Melissa Gerr)

As a 30-plus-year veteran aerospace systems engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Semion Kizhner knows how to stare down a challenge and emerge victorious. The Owings Mills resident has received accolades for projects he’s worked on such as the Interplanetary Monitoring Platform, some of the first deep-space satellite communications; the Space Transportation System Program,… Read More

Sights Set Squarely on Iran AIPAC Policy Conference targets nuclear deal as top priority at event that draws record numbers

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Iran was center stage at this week’s AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington. Months after its nuclear deal was ratified internationally and approved by the Senate after the pro-Israel lobby had fought hard to kill it, speaker after speaker denounced the agreement. It was, in the words of Republican candidate Donald Trump, speaking to 18,000 attendees,… Read More

Processing the Pain of Grief During Passover

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Loss is an unfortunate part of life that everyone is forced to face at some point, and while there is no simple solution to coping with grief, it can be magnified around the holidays. “In our experience, we have found that for people who may not be observant of other holidays or people who are… Read More

Charm City Tribe Gets ‘Wild’ for Purim

Charm City Tribe’s Wild Purim Rumpus features music, mask-making, an animated film and a whole lot of dancing. (David Stuck)

For Charm City Tribe Rabbi Jessy Gross, Purim is the perfect holiday to engage Baltimore’s Jewish young adult population. “It’s the one holiday that I feel really comfortable that we’re giving as much thought to the party as we’re giving to the Jewish content because they’re one in the same if we’re doing it right,”… Read More