Path to Service Gladstein fellow to lead Chevrei Tzedek Congregation

Rabbi Avram Reisner

Rabbinical student Emily Barton was selected, through the Gladstein fellowship in entrepreneurial leadership, by Chevrei Tzedek Congregation to replace Rabbi Avram Reisner, who is retiring in August. The fellowship, which is run by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, seeks to provide outstanding students with practical experience in community development. “Chevrei Tzedek are gracious… Read More

Mayor Replaces Police Commissioner Batts replaced by deputy commissioner Kevin Davis

Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at a news conference.

Baltimore’s Jewish community lauded Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s decision to replace Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts last week amid mounting pressure to get violent crime in the city under control. “There is no one better to access what needs to be done than the person who the police commissioner reports to,” Baltimore Jewish Council Executive Director… Read More

City Releases Heroin Report, 10 Recommendations The mayor’s task force calls for overdose plan, data-tracking, outreach and more

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The Mayor’s Heroin Treatment and Prevention Task Force released its final report along with 10 recommendations to attack the city’s heroin and opioid epidemic and unveiled a public education campaign on Monday. The recommendations call for overdose prevention and outreach measures, real-time data tracking, 24/7 on-demand substance abuse treatment, among other measures. “All of our… Read More

Cancer Survival Through Prevention Hadassah uses Check It Out Challenge to spread the word

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On Sunday, July 19, Hadassah of Greater Baltimore, the women’s Zionist organization, will host its 2015 Check It Out Challenge, featuring an 8K run, a 5K run/walk and a one-mile family obstacle course starting at Goucher College in Towson. “[Check It Out] was started [about] 20 years ago by our national organization as a way… Read More

Mayor Replaces Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts was replaced by deputy commissioner Kevin Davis

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks at the groundbreaking of Renaissance Gardens, a 60-unit independent apartment building to benefit limited-income seniors.

Following months of unrest since the death of Freddie Gray after sustaining injuries while in police custody — May was Baltimore’s deadliest month in 40 years — and increasing public scrutiny of the city’s efforts to stem the violence, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday replaced Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts. Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis,… Read More

Jewish Groups Decry UCC BDS Resolution ‘It contributes nothing to peace’

The United Church of Christ passed a resolution last week calling for the boycott and divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. The resolution, which passed 508-124 at the 30th General Synod in Cleveland on June 30, was submitted by the Central Atlantic Conference of the UCC, which represents 167… Read More

Sharff to Head Board of Rabbis

Rabbi Benjamin Sharff (Justin Tsucalas)

Rabbi Benjamin Sharff of Har Sinai Congregation has been chosen to lead the Baltimore Board of Rabbis for the upcoming year. Sharff has been the senior rabbi there for the past six years and previously was the associate rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Tuscon, Ariz. He earned a degree in psychology from the University of… Read More