Pearlstone Receives National Honor

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Pearlstone Retreat & Conference Center, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, was the recipient of the Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom in the “Local” category on Wednesday, Dec. 14. As one of 200 applicants  nationwide, the honor was  bestowed upon representatives of Pearlstone at the Jewish  Futures Conference in… Read More

Perry Leaving Sinai, Interim President Named

Amy Perry named new Sinai president.
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Sinai Hospital president Amy Perry is leaving her post in January after nearly four years to take an executive position with a New Jersey health company. Perry, who is also executive vice president of LifeBridge Health, the parent company of Sinai, will become CEO of the hospital division and senior vice president of integrated care… Read More

Kamenetz Elected MACo President

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Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will become the longest-serving member of the Maryland Association of Counties when he assumes the association’s presidency next year. Kamenetz, a Democrat, was elected president during MACo’s winter conference in Cambridge on Dec. 8 after serving as second vice president in 2016. He will succeed Washington County commissioner John Barr…. Read More

Goldberg’s Sees Drop in Business Following Trump Outrage

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The recent backlash against Goldberg’s New York Bagels owner Stanley Drebin’s support of President-elect Donald Trump has shown that political allegiances can come with costs. Drebin said his business is down 15 percent and has seen a 20 percent dip in foot traffic. It all started in late October, one week before Trump’s upset victory over… Read More

Hogan to Double Nonpublic School Scholarship Program Governor makes announcement at Bais Yaakov

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Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced the state is doubling down on a program that helps students pay for nonpublic school tuition during a visit to Bais Yaakov School for Girls. The state-funded program, Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST), would gradually see its funding increase from $5 million to $10 million by 2020 under… Read More

Local Activists Host Day of #JewishResistance

About two dozen people showed up at Red Emma’s on Nov. 30 to write letters to local Jewish organizations, mostly concerning the spike in hate crimes.

President Elect Donald Trump has not yet taken office, but he is already stirring discontent — and activist action — among a subset of the local Jewish community. A group of five friends and organizers, all involved in both local activist groups and the Jewish community, felt they could use an outlet for their concerns… Read More

Protecting Medics in Judea, Samaria

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A group of Baltimore philanthropists who raised money to provide bulletproof vests to front-line medics in Israel recently returned from a visit during which they presented these vests to medics in Judea and Samaria. Irwin Azman, a driving force behind the fundraising effort, explained that the vests they distributed to medics were not those they… Read More

Phoenix Jewish News Joins Mid-Atlantic Media

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Phoenix Jewish News, the Jewish community newspaper of Greater Phoenix and Northern Arizona, has signed a management agreement with Mid-Atlantic Media, based in Baltimore. Mid-Atlantic Media, which has similar affiliations with The Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh and the Jewish Exponent of Philadelphia, took over the newspaper’s day-to-day operations with the Jewish News on Dec. 1…. Read More

A Thanksgiving Blessing

The Mintzes' new addition

Rabbi Etan Mintz, who has shepherded the downtown Baltimore congregation B’Nai Israel for the past four-and-a-half years, welcomed a new addition to his growing family over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Mintz, 38, and his 33-year-old wife Tammy — who earned her doctorate in child psychology from the University of Virginia — have been married for… Read More

The ‘Dean’ Says Goodbye Rikki Spector retires from City Council after nearly 40 years

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Often called “feisty” by friends and foes alike, longtime Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector, 80, spoke of plans for another 40 years the day after being knocked to the ground in an attempted carjacking that left her with a black eye last Friday. “I go into the biblical mode of 120 years,” Spector said…. Read More