The Associated Looks Back


Approximately 200 members of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore gathered at Beth Tfiloh Congregation June 24 for their annual end-of-year meeting at which they reviewed the past year’s events. Gov. Larry Hogan was slated as the keynote speaker but was unable to attend due to his recently announced health issues with non-Hodgkins lymphoma…. Read More

30 Years and Still Going Strong Family-owned Lenny’s Deli celebrates three decades since opening first store

Alan and Lenny Smith just celebrated the 30th anniversary of Lenny’s Deli. (photo by Marc Shapiro)

People thought Lenny Smith was crazy when he told them he was thinking about going into the deli business with his son, Alan. “A very good friend of ours said to me one day, ‘You’re out of your mind,’ and I said, ‘Well, this is what we’re gonna do,’” Lenny, 84, recalled. Not listening to… Read More

Iran Talks Extended Again Day-to-day negotiations punctuate the deal’s high stakes


Nuclear talks with Iran were extended yet again as negotiators continued to work toward a final deal. It was announced Tuesday that the current interim nuclear arrangement with Iran had been extended through July 10 to allow negotiators representing the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — the United States, China, France, Russia… Read More

Mayor Replaces Baltimore Police Commissioner

BALTIMORE MAYOR - 10.02.2013

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has replaced Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts, according to a Baltimore Sun report. Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis will become interim commissioner, according to a statement sent to the Sun. A news conference with Rawlings-Blake and Batts was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Batts has led the Baltimore Police Department since 2012…. Read More

True Virtue of Israel ZAKA, Israel’s inspirational national disaster team, visits Baltimore

Yehuda-Meshi Zahav (right) and ZAKA volunteers assist at the site of a 2014 terrorist attack in Jerusalem. (ZAKA)

Last week Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion Congregation hosted Yehuda-Meshi Zahav, chairman of ZAKA, Israel’s national disaster identification team whose mission is to rescue and recover victims following terror attacks, bombings and natural disasters. “[ZAKA is] a unique organization that does very difficult and very special work that has earned the admiration of the Jewish world… Read More

Jewish Camp, Jewish Life The lasting effect of Jewish summer camp

Shoresh Camp
Girls of camp getting together in front of the Shoresh sign, painted on barn doors
June 24, 2015
Photo David Stuck

Jewish summer camps across Maryland opened their doors last week and the rising enrollment rates are likely to mean a more engaged and involved Jewry for the years to come. “Jewish day camp attendance is clearly a conduit for teen Jewish experiences, and there’s no question that teen Jewish experiences affect adult Jewish engagements,” said… Read More

Confederate Battle Flag Comes Under Fire Efforts underway in Maryland, Washington and Virginia to remove it from public displays


More than two weeks after nine people were gunned down at Charleston, S.C.’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in what appeared to be a racially motivated attack, states and municipalities across the country are grappling with what to do about symbols rooted in the darkest days of the nation’s history. In addition to the… Read More

Hearing On Stevenson Chabad Begins Hundreds attend to oppose Russian synagogue building

Herbert Burgunder III (right) speaks on behalf of Rabbi Velvel Belinsky (left) at a Baltimore County hearing over Belinsky's proposed synagogue. (Marc Shapiro)

Hundreds of people packed a Baltimore County hearing room on Wednesday, June 24 for the first in a series of deliberations over a proposed Chabad-Lubavitch congregation to be built on a three-acre property just north of the 695 beltway on Stevenson Road. Many neighborhood residents, some of whom sat on the floor and stood in… Read More

From Germany to Baltimore and Back Baltimore resident returns to German hometown on 80th bar mitzvah anniversary

Erich Oppenheim, 93, seated at center, is joined by Nenterhausen Burgermeister Ralf Hilmes (fourth from right) and Monica Kingreen (third from right) and family members (from left) Abby Leipsner, Shimshon Oppenheim, Itzhak Oppenheim, Iris Ingber, Lee Oppenheim, Nachson Oppenheim and Janet Oppenheim to celebrate the 80th anniversary of his bar mitzvah. The two people at far right are local historians. (Provided)

Many people remember their bar mitzvah as a time for celebration and festivity, but Erich Oppenheim’s first bar mitzvah was followed by a moment that likely saved his life and simultaneously changed it forever. On Jan. 26, 1935, Oppenheim had his bar mitzvah at a small synagogue in Nentershausen, Germany, which would later be desecrated… Read More