Right in Our Backyard

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Nearly 3,000 participants from 124 communities, including 1,000 first-time attendees, will gather at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at the National Harbor in Prince George’s County beginning Sunday to discuss today’s pressing Jewish issues, including rising anti-Semitism in Europe, Jewish life on college campuses, Jewish education in North America and the ongoing conflict… Read More

Weinberg House Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Dressed in their best, residents and staff of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg House in Pikesville celebrated the planned senior community’s 20th anniversary Wednesday evening. The celebration began at 5 o’clock with hors d’oeuvres and alcohol-free “mocktails,” followed one hour later by speeches from those involved with Weinberg from the beginning and planned remarks from… Read More

Out of the Loop

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In 2012, when Rita Kaufman Grindle’s now 17-year-old daughter Maura wanted to join her North America Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) group on an Eisen-drath Israel Experience (EIE) program, Grindle sought financial assistance from The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore as well as the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. The Annapolis resident and member of… Read More

Hogan Dominates

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Real estate executive Larry Hogan made history Tuesday night, riding a wave of rural and middle-class support to victory as Maryland’s second Republican governor in nearly half a century. In his come-from-behind defeat of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, the Democrat who would have become the state’s first African-American governor, Hogan capped a campaign that focused… Read More

Firefighting, the Israeli Way

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A dozen firefighters had to rethink their longstanding approaches to structural fires as they learned how the Israelis do it. They were told to multitask and enter a mock structure fire alone — both atypical ideas to American firefighters. Those were two of the biggest differences firefighters learned during their two-day training last week for… Read More

Small but Strong: Jews in Western Maryland

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With its claim of being the oldest continually operating synagogue in Maryland and the only one in the city of Cumberland, B’er Chayim Temple, thanks to the perseverance of its small but dedicated community and generous funding from the Sara (Feldstein) Ridgway and John Ridgway Trust, is celebrating its 150-year-old structure’s much-needed facelift with a… Read More

‘City College Made Me’

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Maryland’s oldes­t public high school, Baltimore City College, turned 175 years old last weekend. As part of the festivities, City held a Hall of Fame induction ceremony to honor six accomplished alumni. Hosted by college adviser Rodney Joyner, the event was held in the school’s William Donald Schaefer Auditorium. Other events included The Women of… Read More

‘A Worldwide Kitchen’

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    More than 1,000 people got their bake on at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore in Owings Mills last week. Starting at 6:30 p.m. last Thursday, Jewish mothers and daughters bonded over bread at the Great Challah Bake, a prelude event to the worldwide Shabbos Project that was coordinated locally by Etz… Read More

The Power of One

The Aleph Learning Institute is bringing in some heavy hitters for its Nov. 10 gala event. According to the organization’s founder and director, Rochelle Kaplan of Chabad-Lubavitch of Maryland, constitutional lawyer Nathan Lewin will deliver the keynote address at “Powering for Success: The Power of One,” while sports agent and author Ronald Shapiro will serve… Read More

Freundel Had Planned More Student Tours

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A Towson University senior who is taking a class Rabbi Barry Freundel taught prior to his arrest said she and “a couple of other girls” were invited to tour his synagogue this semester. “I had never planned on doing the mikvah, but going to the synagogue sounded like a cool experience,” Karen Berry, who is… Read More