MICA Student Admonished for Pro-Israel Views at Coffee Shop Matt Adelberg says Red Emma’s employees aggressively questioned him over views on Israel

Matt Adelberg, a graduate student at MICA, 
was questioned about his views on Israel 
and Zionism at Red Emma’s bookstore.

Matt Adelberg won’t be going back to Red Emma’s anytime soon. Although it would seem a convenient place to grab a bite to eat and relax for a student of the Maryland Institute College of Art such as himself, an unpleasant exchange with employees regarding Adelberg’s views on Israel has forced him to patronize other… Read More

Here’s the Buzz! Bee population has been on steady decline for past decade

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The taste of apples and honey at Rosh Hashanah may make the holiday a little bit sweeter, but a few not-so-sweet trends are endangering some of the world’s most efficient and important pollinators. The bee population has been declining steadily since 2006, when the concept of Colony Collapse Disorder surfaced. CCD occurs when a colony’s… Read More

Apples All-Around From rootstock to Rosh Hashanah

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Jews around the world will bite into succulent apples dipped in honey in the upcoming week, but while Rosh Hashanah only lasts two nights, growing a bountiful apple orchard can take years. Rabbi Susan Grossman, from Beth Shalom Congregation, explained there are several reasons that Jews eat apples on Rosh Hashanah. Aside from the fruit’s… Read More

Shmitah: A Chance to Step Back Agricultural sabbatical year gives Pearlstone and others valuable downtime

Greg Strella, farm director at the Pearlstone Center, stands with cover crops Pearlstone planted to replenish its soil during its shmitah year, which Strella says has been a “rich experience.” (Marc Shapiro)

The Torah mandates that there be a sabbatical year in the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle for Israel. The land is given a rest and agricultural activities — from planting to pruning — are forbidden under Jewish law. In the United States, this shmitah year takes on similar implications, but its message goes… Read More

A Moral and Legal Obligation Private schools stand up for vaccinations By Daniel Schere

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Private and religious schools in Maryland will no longer be required to admit unvaccinated students as a result of a new interpretation of a state law granting religious exemptions on such occasions. In a letter dated Aug. 7 from the attorney general’s office to state Dels. Samuel “Sandy” Rosenberg (D-District 41) and Shelly Hettleman (D-District… Read More

A Moral and Legal Obligation Private schools stand up for vaccinations

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Private and religious schools in Maryland will no longer be required to admit unvaccinated students as a result of a new interpretation of a state law granting religious exemptions on such occasions. In a letter dated Aug. 7 from the attorney general’s office to state Dels. Samuel “Sandy” Rosenberg (D-District 41) and Shelly Hettleman (D-District… Read More

Emotional Testimony at Fourth Chabad Hearing Three residents take stand to explain issues with proposed synagogue

Ken Abel (left), who lives next to the site of the proposed synagogue, shows where his house is as attorney J. Carroll Holzer (standing) and Rabbi Velvel Belinsky look on.

Residents testified that a proposed Chabad synagogue is unfit for its surroundings and has insufficient building plans at the fourth public hearing regarding the congregation, which would be built in the 8400 block of Stevenson Road. Eric Lewis, an architect and resident who lives near the proposed site, and Ken Abel, a resident who lives… Read More

Police Assure Jewish Community of Safety During High Holidays

Officers from the Baltimore Police Department held a press conference Sept. 8 outlining the areas of increased police coverage in Upper Park Heights during the High Holidays. Maj. Marc Partee, commanding officer in the Northwestern District, said there will be a command truck that will be staffed and have active lights at night. There will also… Read More

Israel Bonds Welcome New Campaign Partners

Israel Bonds Maryland announced the addition of two new partners to its High Holiday campaign: the Haron Dahan Foundation and Sandra R. and Malcolm C. Berman. They join longtime partners The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and Hopkins Federal Savings Bank in the 100 percent matching campaign. The four partners will provide matching funds… Read More