At What Cost? As times change, synagogues rethink traditional membership dues

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As Jews around the world prepare to usher in a new year with the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, more synagogues around the country are reconsidering whether  mandatory dues should be treated like 5775: left in the past. The traditional model for membership has synagogues dictate to their members how much money they should contribute each… Read More

It’s Not Over Till It’s Over Community assembles to reject deal, get word out

About two dozen people assembled at the intersection of Old Court Road and Park Heights Avenue for about four hours on Sunday and on Monday at Slade and Park Heights avenues. Participants waved U.S and Israeli flags and held placards that read, “We need a Better Deal,” “Reject Bad Iran Deal” and “Congress: Say No to Iran Deal.” Some drivers honked their car horns in solidarity.  Photo: Melissa Gerr

Even though President Barack Obama secured his key 34th supporter in the Senate for the Iran nuclear deal, vigils were still held in protest and concern, organized by Baltimore Zionist District calling for politicians to reject the deal and also to get out the word to the community. About two dozen people assembled at the… Read More

Something for Everybody For area rabbis, a High Holiday sermon that resonates is the ultimate goal

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Next to writing a dissertation, crafting an effective High Holiday sermon may seem like one of the more monumental achievements for any writer. But talk to rabbis from congregations of all sorts in Baltimore and it becomes apparent that they have it down to a science. Rabbi Benjamin Sharff of Har Sinai Congregation uses a… Read More

High Holidays for All Reform Temple’s free services, held at Owings Mills High School, started more than a decade ago

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Susan Dudley’s family goes way back in American Reform Judaism. Her family on her mother’s side was here before the American Revolution, when she believes there were only 500 Jewish people in the whole country, and they fought in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. They were involved in the founding of early Reform… Read More

Marvin Mandel Passes Away at 95 Maryland’s 56th governor leaves ‘extraordinary legacy’

Gov. Marvin Mandel at his 95th birthday party in May.

Former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel, the state’s first and only Jewish governor, passed away Sunday afternoon. One of Maryland’s most prolific political figures, Mandel served as governor from 1969 until 1977, when he was convicted and jailed for racketeering and mail fraud charges. His sentence was later commuted and his conviction overturned. Gov. Larry Hogan… Read More

Construction Begins on New Metro Centre Building

Attendees at the groundbreaking of a new office and retail building at the Metro Centre at Owings Mills signed a 700-pound piece of steel that will be used in construction.

Construction began on a 200,000-square-foot office and retail building at the Metro Centre at Owings Mills, marked by a groundbreaking on Aug. 27. The new construction is part of 1.2 million square feet of office space planned for the mixed-use development, which will total 7 million square feet when completed. “We are extremely optimistic about… Read More

Baltimore County Crime Dropped 7.2 Percent in 2014

Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced a 7.2 percent overall decrease in crime in 2014 at a news conference on Aug. 26. Among the types of crime that decreased were aggravated assault, burglary and vehicle theft, which went down by 6.1 percent, 15.8 percent and 17.1 percent respectively. Johnson… Read More

Rawlings-Blake Joins ‘Mayors United Against Anti-Semitism’

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake hosted American Jewish Committee leaders at city hall Tuesday as she signed the AJC’s “Mayors United Against Anti-Semitism” statement. The statement has mayors calling on their European counterparts to speak out and act to prevent anti-Semitism in their countries. It has been signed by nearly 300 mayors and county executives, including… Read More