Witness Dismantles Part of Opposition to Stevenson Chabad Cites regulations that appear to help rabbi

Rabbi Velvel Belinsky testifies on Aug. 5 at a Baltimore County Administrative Law hearing over his proposed synagogue.

During the second hearing over a proposed Chabad-Lubavitch synagogue, one witness may have refuted one of the two cases neighborhood opposition brought against the rabbi and his congregation. The issue in question is if Rabbi Velvel Belinsky’s plans are compatible with a nearly decade-old development plan that called for single-family homes to be built on… Read More

Mayor Meets with Jewish Community Northwest Baltimore residents talk of major safety concerns

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake meets with members of the 
Jewish community in Northwest Baltimore on Aug. 9.

Jewish residents in Northwest Baltimore voiced a need for additional resources to combat crime in a private meeting with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Sunday, Aug. 9. About 30 people gathered at the home of David and Malke Kramer for a discussion with the mayor and other local leaders about the recent increase in crime across the… Read More

Imagine That! Cousins in Curaçao

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A gentleman in South Africa, who I interviewed earlier this year, said to me when I thanked him for his time, “Kol yisrael chaverim. Do you know what this means? All of Israel are friends.” Given recent events, I think the phrase kol yisrael mishpachah, all of Israel is family, might be even more apt…. Read More

Ravens or Redskins? Picking a team, living between cities

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The NFL season is approaching with the defending Super Bowl XLIX champions, the New England Patriots, hosting the league’s annual kickoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 10. Although Howard County, geographically, lies between Baltimore and Washington D.C., locals seem to favor the Ravens over the Redskins. “Central to northern Howard County is heavily… Read More

A Threat to Jewish Civil Rights? Jerusalem Post editor rakes Obama for his pointed remarks on the Iran deal

Caroline Glick, Jerusalem Post deputy managing editor, speaks to a full sanctuary crowd at Beth Tfiloh, urging American Jews to fight against “a deliberate attempt on behalf of the President of the United States to scapegoat American Jewry.” (Melissa Gerr)

Upward of 500 people assembled in Beth Tfiloh Congregations’s sanctuary to hear Caroline Glick, deputy managing editor of the Jerusalem Post, expertly unfurl her thoughts about President Barack Obama’s promotion of the Iran nuclear deal, what its outcome could mean for Israel and the United States and his alleged threat to American Jewish civil rights…. Read More

Neely Tal Snyder Remembered for Dedication, Passion Pearlstone Center program director, mother of three, died in car crash

Neely Tal Snyder (Photo provided)

Although her life was cut short, Neely Tal Snyder’s impact was felt in Baltimore’s Jewish community and beyond. The wife, mother of three daughters, advocate and educator died in a car crash Monday morning at the age of 37. “She felt so strongly about the things that were important to her,” said Autumn Sadovnik, a… Read More

Neely Snyder Remembered for Dedication, Passion Pearlstone Center program director, mother of three, died in car crash

Neely Snyder

Although her life was cut short, Neely Tal Snyder’s impact was felt in Baltimore’s Jewish community and beyond. The wife, mother of three daughters, advocate and educator died in a car crash Monday morning at the age of 37. “She felt so strongly about the things that were important to her,” said Autumn Sadovnik, a… Read More

Reisterstown Native Refines Her Path Through AVODAH Rottenberg enters dental school with new perspective on her chosen career

Jenn Rottenberg is wrapping up a year of service with AVODAH prior to dental school. (Provided)

When Jenn Rottenberg had to figure out what to do with a year between college and dental school, she found what she was looking for in AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. The Washington, D.C.-based arm of the organization would allow her to spend a year in social action work in the medical field. Her year… Read More