Rabbis on Trump: ‘We Have to Stand Up for Civil Liberties’

Rabbi Ron Shulman, clad in a flashy suit and wearing reading glasses, took to the lectern with a folded-up piece of paper to which he rarely needed to refer. He might have forecasted the emotion that would soon accompany his words, drawing on similar sentiments the crowd shared. A little more than a minute into… Read More

Love, Acceptance: Our Neighborly Pledge

V’ahavta l’reiacha Kamocha, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” is a basic tenet of Judaism. Nearly every Jewish child is sure to have heard the story of Hillel teaching a gentile the entire Torah as he stood on one foot. On Nov. 20, Beth El Congregation invited an interdenominational panel of rabbis to come together for… Read More

A Labor of Love Beth Israel Congregation, rabbi celebrate 'joyful' milestones

Sixty years ago, 10 young Jewish families gathered to create their own community and place of worship and study. That was 38 years before the 1994 opening of the current $2.7 million building on Mitzvah Lane that is home to Beth Israel Congregation. What started out in the home of one of the founding members… Read More

Bernie Is Back Bernie Sanders reflects on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and lessons of 2016 Election

“I am not a liberal, I am a progressive,” pronounced Sen. Bernie Sanders during a student-submitted Q&A conducted by Johns Hopkins University president Ronald Daniels. What became something of an open, periodically funny and altogether forthright conversation between Sanders and Daniels followed the former presidential hopeful’s hour-long speech about his recently published book, “Our Revolution:… Read More

New Howard County Sheriff Appointed

Gov. Larry Hogan on Nov. 10 announced the appointment of William McMahon to replace Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald, whose alleged anti-Semitic, racist and misogynistic remarks and threatening behavior were detailed in a September report. McMahon, 54, a Republican, most recently served as the acting executive director of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions… Read More

County Schools to Remain Closed on Rosh Hashanah

The Baltimore County Public School Board approved its 2017-18 academic year calendar on Nov. 9 to comply with Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order that public schools open after Labor Day. The approved calendar was the only one of the three options that complied with Hogan’s order while keeping schools closed on Rosh Hashanah. “We appreciate… Read More

Ethiopian-Born Miss Israel Tells Students: ‘Take Every Chance You Get’

Yityish “Titi” Aynaw, an Israel advocate, television personality and the first Ethiopian-Israeli model to be crowned Miss Israel, visited two Maryland universities last week to give students a different point of view of the Jewish state — one from a woman who grew up sometimes hiding her Jewish identity in Ethiopia and who later was… Read More

Trialogue Series Brings Muslim, Jewish, Christian Communities Together

Baltimore residents will have the opportunity to learn more about their Muslim, Jewish and Christian neighbors over the next few months as part of an Interfaith Trialogue Series sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council. The BJC has partnered with the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore, Church on the Square and JCC senior director of… Read More

A Divisive Result With domestic discontent and concern for Israel, Jewish community applauds and decries Trump's election

  Donald Trump’s stunning victory in last week’s presidential election has stirred strong reactions from both those distressed and those enthused by the Republican candidate’s improbable win. And those reactions have struck on many issues that divide Jewish people the most. Individuals and organizations that advocate for Jewish social welfare programs, the importance of a… Read More

Shabbat Project One for All, All for One!

For the third year in a row, the Baltimore Shabbat Project brought together thousands of Jews from all over the region for Shabbat services, challah bakes, Havdalah and interdenominational celebrations. An estimated one million people in 1,150 cities in 94 countries took part in the Shabbat Project, an international effort started by South African Chief… Read More