Celebration of Life, Four Centenarians

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FutureCare Lochearn held a celebration of life on July 31 for four of its special residents: Frances Smeyne, 100; Maxine Gray, 100; Emma Ennis, 100 and Elce Caldwell, 103. The four were joined by about 50 others including fellow residents, friends and family for food, dancing and poetry. As a part of the event, family… Read More

Coming Together LGBT discussion at Enoch Pratt led by change-makers

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Yitz Jordan, whose stage name is Y-love, has seen hate, prejudice and racism throughout his life, but when he and several other LGBT activists shared their stories in Baltimore on July 21, the negative wasn’t the focus of their discussion. “Taking a negative and making it a learning experience,” said Jordan, “[People have heard] a… Read More

Believing in Baltimore City students express feelings about unrest with help from renowned musicians

From left: Believe in Music students Caprice Martin, Taniyah Kutcherman, Yamaudi Pinder and Amira Winchester. (J.M. Giordano)

When Baltimore City saw riots and looting following the death of Freddie Gray in April, Believe in Music founder Kenny Liner was scared for his students and spent the night fighting the urge to hop in his car to make sure they all were OK. The Living Classrooms program, which aims to uplift Baltimore’s inner… Read More

From Owings Mills to Mississippi Ali Duhan takes her Jewish involvement down South

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Those who have worked with her call her ambitious and passionate and say she has bright future in the Jewish community. Owings Mills native Ali Duhan, 22, who graduated from McDaniel College this past spring, has taken her energy to the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL), where she recently started a two-year education… Read More

A Time to Act Thousands in Jewish community speak out in opposition to Iran nuclear deal

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Little more than a week after the Iran nuclear deal agreement was announced and as the details begin to sink into the minds of Americans, many members of the Jewish community are raising their voices in protest and concern. At Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion Congregation, approximately 1,500 congregants and other community members came together at… Read More

Camp Fare Summer camps and Israel, what should be taught?

Gan Israel campers happily pose for a photo by the “kotel.”

Israel is frequently at the heart of Jewish camping. Children return home with additional Hebrew vocabulary they learned from their favorite Israeli counselors and are quick to show off new Israeli dance steps. But how do summer camps teach the more controversial side of the Jewish state — Israeli history, geography and politics? For the… Read More

Robert E. Lee Park to Receive New Name

The Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood Association, led by Dr. Marvin L. “Doc” Cheatham, publically asked Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at a news conference on July 21 not to change the name of Robert E. Lee Park to Lake Roland Park. Cheatham, who has led several different civil rights organizations in the past including a Baltimore… Read More