Reactions Vary to Hogan’s Request to Halt Syrian Refugees

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Gov. Larry Hogan’s announcement last month that he is requesting federal authorities to stop allowing Syrian refugees into Maryland until security is assured has drawn praise and condemnation from local officials. Hogan’s statement said safety and security of Marylanders is his top priority. “Following the terrorist attacks on Paris [on Nov. 13], and after careful… Read More

Up Close and Personal Photographer focuses on the soldier experience in Afghanistan

Robert L. Cunningham (center) poses for a photo with soldiers from a CH-47 crew attached to Task Force Tigershark in Salerno, Afghanistan.

Robert Cunningham has made four trips to Afghanistan, been involved in more than 140 combat missions and met countless soldiers, but he is not a serviceman; he is a photographer. Cunningham, who visited the Baltimore Camera Club last month, joined forces with Steve Hartov, an ex-Israeli paratrooper, novelist and military journalist, to create “Afghanistan: On… Read More

New Center for Teen Engagement Receives $1.5 Million Matching Grant

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The Jim Joseph Foundation awarded a five-year matching grant for up to $1,525,000 to The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, to put toward its Jewish teen education initiative in Baltimore. The Associated’s focused initiative includes a Center for Teen  Engagement, which will run a Teen Innovation Internship, a Jewish Teen Professionals Fellowship and a… Read More

‘Crossing the Line’ When being anti-Israel is being anti-Semitic

From left: Amalia Phillips, Shoshana Palatnik, Sophie Tulkoff and Reut Friedman at the screening of the film ‘Crossing the Line 2’ held at the Macks Center for Jewish Education. (Photo by Justin Katz)

There were video clips of loud, aggressive protestors, people staging “die-ins,” police arresting students in the middle of student-government meetings and academics from schools such as New York University and Brooklyn College giving lectures all with the goal of criticizing the State of Israel. However, many of these students and academics were going beyond the… Read More

An Enduring Legacy Levindale celebrates 125 years of support for Baltimore’s Jewish community

Present-day Levindale Panorama. (Provided)

Doris Kahn, a spitfire redhead and 102-year-old (“Don’t tell my boyfriend!”) resident at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital in Northwest Baltimore for three years — and a volunteer there for more than 40 — spoke with delight about  her daily activities, especially playing the piano for fellow residents. “Hum it and I can play… Read More

‘Out of the Blocks’ Reporter, composer/photographer give voice to Baltimore’s neighborhoods

Reporter Aaron Henkin and composer/photographer Wendel Patrick (at left, from left),  create hour-long audio portraits of life in Baltimore, one city block at a time. (Wendel Patrick)

As he worked his way along the 4700 block of Eastern Avenue in East Baltimore’s evolving Greektown neighborhood, radio  reporter Aaron Henkin tried out some freshly acquired Greek phrases with Evangelis Theofanidis, a lively character to be featured in the next installment of the WYPR audio  series “Out of the Blocks” airing on Dec. 22… Read More

A Step Above Two local congregations undergo deep self-reflection to rise above the standards set for pre-K in Maryland

Beth Israel pre-k teachers Lisa Yarmis (upper left) and Lauren Freeman (right) and preschool director Rachael Schwartz (center) help students draw in their journals. (PMarc Shapirohoto by Marc Shapiro)

On a warm day in late fall, students in a pre-kindergarten class at Beth Israel in Owings Mills were outside at the playground drawing in their journals. Others looked out at the parking lot and talked to their teachers about the purpose of speed bumps. While this scene could be typical for any pre-K class,… Read More

Residential Revolt Some homeowners still frustrated with plans for development on The Associated’s land

Cheryl Aaron and Joel Marcus lead a public meeting at St. Thomas Church on Nov. 17.  (Justin Katz)

Tensions remain high among some residents living near the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, where The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore is planning to sell a  vacant area of land to a developer in order to build a 56-home development. “The excess land was previously planned to be the home of a 90,000-square-foot office building,… Read More

The Sounds of Jewgrass Mama Doni Band to perform in HoCo

Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg will perform in Columbia on Dec. 20. ( Provided)

The phrase “Jewish bluegrass music” might not sound like it would work on paper, but Doni Zasloff has managed to blend the two and make it appealing it to both kids and  parents. Zasloff, whose stage name is Mama Doni, will perform at the Red Branch Theatre in Columbia on Dec. 20 with her musical… Read More

Community Rallies Around Holocaust Education BJC event raises money for proposed education center in Greece

Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos, director of the  museum at Kehila Kedosha Janina in New York, speaks about a proposed Holocaust education  center to be located in Salonika, Greece at a fundraiser held by the Baltimore Jewish Council  at The Black Olive restaurant. (Marc Shapiro)

The Greek port city of Salonika was home to around 56,000 of Greece’s 76,000 Jews before World War II. There were centers of Jewish learning and many esteemed rabbis. These days, the city’s Jewish community numbers 1,200, according to Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos, director of the Kehila Kedosha Janina museum in New York. To commemorate the… Read More