A Guest from Ashkelon Mayor’s wife visits Chizuk Amuno preschool

Back row, from left: Orly Purrio, Revital Shimoni, Michelle Gold and Rabbi Ronald Shulman pose for a photo with a class at Chizuk Amuno’s Goldsmith Early Childhood Education Center. (Photo by Justin Katz)

When one walks into a preschool classroom, there is an expectation that children will be talking loudly, and in English. But when Revital Shimoni, wife of Itamar Shimoni, mayor of Ashkelon, Israel, walked into a classroom at Chizuk Amuno’s Goldsmith Early Childhood Education Center on Oct. 20, she was greeted by 11 relatively quiet children… Read More

Influential Optimist Local businessman Charles Baum was a problem solver, devoted family man

Charles Baum (Provided)

Charles Baum, a prominent businessman in Baltimore’s Jewish community, passed away Oct. 24 at the age of 73. Baum, who had served as the president of the Associated Jewish Charities of Baltimore, a sister organization of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. Marc Terrill, president of The Associated,… Read More

Gordon Center Turns 20 Performing arts center continues to grow as it enters its third decade


When the $4 million facility opened, it was of the highest caliber. No detail was overlooked in the creation of the Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts, from its masonry block design, lightweight concrete roof, ceiling panels and acoustic curtains — all of which contribute to the venue’s acoustic superiority — to its… Read More

The Great Challah Bake


Approximately 4,000 women gathered at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium on Thursday, Oct. 22 for the Great Challah Bake. The event was part of the Baltimore Shabbat Project, which partnered with the international Shabbos Project that was celebrated in more than 465 cities last year. Each participant prepared two oven-ready loaves of challah from… Read More

Editorial Lands Carroll Commissioner in Hot Water Advocacy groups call for Rothschild to be repudiated

Rabbi Charles Feinberg (left) talks with Carroll County resident James Reter prior to the press conference. (Justin Katz)

The Council for American  Islamic Relations, joined by Jewish Voice for Peace, has called for Carroll County commissioners to repudiate the comments that Commissioner Richard Rothschild made in an  editorial published in the Carroll County Times. Speaking at a press conference in front of the Carroll County Office Building in Westminster on Oct. 22, the… Read More

Netanyahu: ‘Stop spreading lies’ Current grand mufti denies presence of Jewish temples at Jerusalem holy site


Countering historical evidence and a publication released decades ago by a precursor to his office, the grand mufti of Jerusalem denied the historical presence of Jewish temples atop a contested holy site, which has been a flashpoint in the ongoing violence wracking the Jewish state. Speaking in Arabic to Israel’s Channel 2, Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad… Read More

Keeping Judaism at the Forefront Sobeloff Jewish Law Society gives attorneys, judges a chance to network

Judge Karen Chaya Friedman speaks at the judicial reception of the Simon E. 
Sobeloff Jewish Law Society on Oct. 8.

On Thursday, Oct. 8, hundreds of lawyers and judges gathered at Temple Oheb Shalom. It wasn’t for any type of formal programming that the legal professionals gathered; it was purely to schmooze. It was the Simon E. Sobeloff Jewish Law Society Baltimore Chapter’s annual judicial reception. Other than a brief address from Judge Karen Chaya… Read More

Career of Compassion North Oaks director has worked in senior care for more than 30 years

North Oaks Retirement Community executive director Mark Pressman will step down in December after eight years of service. (Provided)

After more than 30 years spent in three cities taking care of senior citizens, North Oaks Retirement Community executive director Mark Pressman is taking things down a notch. In December, Pressman, 66, will step down from his position after eight years to take on a part-time role. “I’ve been doing this for a lot years,”… Read More

Sharing in their Pain Baltimore Jewish community pours out its heart for Israel in wake of recent violence


Baltimore’s Jewish community is once again keeping a close watch on the Middle East, this time over a rash of violence in Israel that has killed more than 40 Israelis and Palestinians through a series of stabbings and shootings. Many Jews are concerned about the violence potentially spiraling into a Third Intifada, including Baltimore Jewish… Read More