Smash Success
‘Serial’ examines a 1999 Baltimore County murder

A new podcast has quickly become possibly the most successful of all time. “Serial,” in its first season, has been downloaded or streamed more than 5 million times from iTunes and averages around 1.5 million listeners per episode, according to reports. It has been written about in The New York Times and The Washington Post… Read More

Shalom USA Signs Off
Sunday morning broadcast ends 15-year run

After 15 years as a Sunday morning staple, Jay Bernstein, host of Shalom USA, signed off the Baltimore airwaves for the final time this past weekend. The increasing difficulty in finding advertisers and donors to cover the radio station fee was the primary reason for ending the weekly broadcast. Shalom USA, which began as Shalom… Read More

Ner Tamid Charters New Scout Troop

Ner Tamid Congregation has a new Cub Scout troop through its youth program. Pack 1299 received its charter from the Boy Scouts of America and started meeting in September.   Ner Tamid youth group director Sam Wach has recruited parent volunteers to be pack and den leaders, and the cub master will be Rivka Trapp…. Read More

Storch Featured at Security Conference

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Baltimorean Frank Storch traveled to Israel earlier this month to share with the international Jewish community his guide to keeping schools safe.   “As we all know, there’s always room to improve security,” said Storch via email. He presented his “Keep Your School Safe” guide at the third annual International Conference on Homeland Security, which… Read More

Palestinian Media Watchdog Visits Hopkins

Johns Hopkins University hosted a talk from the founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch earlier this month, offering students the opportunity to hear an in-depth assessment of the media messages that reverberate within Palestinian  society every day. The rhetoric Palestinian authorities deliver to the Western world in English is very different from what leaders… Read More

O’Riley Fuses Classical Piano with Modern Sounds

When Christopher O’Riley takes the stage at the Gordon Center on Saturday, Dec. 6 (8 p.m.), attendees will hear a few tunes they might not expect from a musician of his kind. “As a classical pianist, I came to a point where there was lots of other music I wanted to incorporate into my concerts,”… Read More

Downtown Tribe
Jewish life grows, thrives in Baltimore City

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Jewish life is experiencing a renaissance downtown, and the Jewish establishments uptown are taking notice in a big way, investing in programming and renting spaces to cater to the lives of this new breed of city pioneers, culminating in the opening of a Jewish preschool. According to the 2010 Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Study conducted… Read More

‘Coming of Age’

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The Jewish Federation of Howard County and the Howard County Board of Rabbis played host to 150 members of the county’s Jewish community who came together Nov. 16 at Howard Community College to participate in the Global Day of Jewish Learning. Attendees were treated to presentations by 14 area rabbis who expanded on the theme,… Read More

Rabbis Unite!
Marylanders among thousands in New York to network, refuel at Chabad-Lubavitch conference

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Ask just about any shliach at the recent conference of Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis about what they get out of spending five days with their fellow rabbis and he will say “recharging the batteries.” “The shluchim conference is like the Rosh Hashanah of our outreach,” Rabbi Nochum Katsenelenbogen, director of Chabad of Owings Mills, said, using the… Read More

Lloyd Street Synagogue Celebrates Rededication

The Lloyd Street Synagogue has a rich history, dating to 1845. (Provided)

Baltimore’s historic Lloyd Street Synagogue celebrated the 50th anniversary of the rededication of its downtown Greek Revival building. Dubbed Synagogue Night, the Nov. 6 event drew 40 community members to a presentation given by Gary Zolah, executive director of the American Jewish Archives, titled “Profiles in American Jewish Courage.” In 1959, the city made plans… Read More