Don’t Worry About It

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At a time when many in the Jewish community might be worried about their faith (rising numbers of Jews who say they believe in Jesus, declining numbers of young people who feel engaged in the Jewish community), Marcie Lenk, director of Christian programs for the Shalom Hartman Institute, has one thing to say: Don’t worry… Read More

Repair The World

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On a frigid November morning, six people work together to plant an apple tree, four of them carefully rolling it and two others working with shovels to break its fall into the ground so that the root ball stays intact. A year ago, the triangular lot bound by Brentwood Avenue and Merryman Lane in the… Read More

Human Rights Shabbat

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Columbia Jewish Congregation will have a more-meaningful-than-usual Shabbat this week. For the sixth year, the shul will participate in Human Rights Shabbat, a program created by the international organization T’ruah. Services will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 at The Meeting House (5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia). According to the executive director of… Read More

Chester Silverman

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It would be difficult to find a person who has done more for war veterans and Jewish war veterans in Baltimore than Chester Silverman. So much of his life has been devoted to serving the community with which, even at 94 (this month), he is still a very active part. Though his walls are decorated… Read More

Lights. Chanukah. Action.

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Over the last week, the skies of Jewish Baltimore have been aglow — not just from the chanukiot, but with fireworks and laser lights. Attendees at Beth Tfiloh’s Chanukah Fireworks Under the Stars on Nov. 27 enjoyed the color and excitement of the evening, despite some rain and the frigid temperature. Included in the evening… Read More

Digesting Pew

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“I have to admit that it’s less bad than I originally expected,” said Rabbi Ron Shulman of Chizuk Amuno Congregation and the president of the Baltimore Jewish Council. Rabbi Shulman was referring to the findings of the Pew Research Center survey of U.S. Jews, as he opened the panel discussion held at Congregation Shomrei Emunah… Read More

The Associated Raises More Than $1.2 Million On #GivingTuesday

Baltimore residents stepped up this #GivingTuesday and showed their support of the Jewish community. At the conclusion of this national day of giving, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore raised $1.264 million dollars, surpassing last year’s #GivingTuesday total of $1 million, the most raised by any nonprofit in the nation. The money raised will… Read More

Amit Pays Tribute To Longtime Volunteers

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Selma Mosgin has one distinct memory that exemplifies why she has volunteered with Amit for more than 50 years. On a trip to Israel in 1993, she visited several of the organization’s facilities, including a family residence where 11 troubled boys lived with a young couple. She remembers a peaceful scene with dinner preparations under… Read More

Israel. Bring It.

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There are upward of 300 young men and women from the Greater Baltimore-Washington, D.C. corridor who are spending between five and 12 months this year in the State of Israel — volunteering, learning and living. These people — young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 — are part of an international program called… Read More

Connected to Give

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Jewish social engagement drives charitable giving to both Jewish and non-Jewish causes. So reported a recent study by Jumpstart, a philanthropic research and design lab based in Los Angeles, Calif. Earlier this year, Jumpstart released “Connected to Give,” the first findings from its National Study on American Jewish Giving. They collected data from nearly 3,000… Read More