70 Years Strong Associated Women celebrate decades of dedication to Baltimore’s Jewish community

From left: Ellen Macks, past president, Rina Janet, immediate past president, and Michelle Lax, president of Associated Women, celebrate 70 years of action and accomplishment at the organization’s annual meeting. (David Stuck)

The crowd of approximately 150 women assembled last week in Beth El Congregation’s Offit Auditorium for their annual meeting, and to commemorate 70 years of action and accomplishment by Associated Women, was a living representation of the span of service and philanthropy that has benefited the greater Baltimore area and beyond since the end of… Read More

The Changing Face of Eastern Shore Jewry With most descendants of original settlers gone, Jewish community finds new life in new places


An unassuming, one-room brick building lies on Third Street in Pocomoke City, adjacent to a home, a cemetery and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. A weathered blue-and-white wooden Jewish star hangs over the entranceway. It’s easy to pass by without knowing that it served four generations of Maryland’s Eastern Shore Jews before closing in the late… Read More

Hogan Announces He Has Cancer


Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with Stage 3 non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer, which he described as  “very advanced and very aggressive,” according to reports. Hogan, 59, canceled several events after returning from a recent trip to Asia two weeks ago. He said he would not step down and… Read More

Voice of The Godz Musician Larry Kessler, 73, reflects on his unsuccessful but highly influential band from the ’60s

Larry Kessler holds The Godz’s second album in his record shop. He is second from the right on the album cover.

They made animal noises, they taunted their audiences, they’d talk on their records. The word ‘dissonant’ doesn’t quite do the band’s auditory shenanigans justice. Even Lou Reed thought they were strange. The Godz were unpopular, unappreciated and unsuccessful in their time as a band from 1965 to 1968. “Anybody who knew us, they claimed that… Read More

Beth Tfiloh Hosts Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel meets Beth Tfiloh families in a private meet-and-greet before the show.
(Justin Katz)

Howie Mandel, judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and host of “Deal or No Deal,” took the spotlight on June 11 at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School’s 2015 Spotlight fundraiser. Performing in the sanctuary, which Mandel admitted was a strange feeling, allowed him to take advantage of the heritage and background he shared with the… Read More

No More Than Talking J Street U, Hillel leadership meet in D.C.

J Street U students participating in a protest against Hillel International on the sidelines of the J Street conference in Washington, D.C., in March. (Photos Moshe Zusman)

Members of J Street U’s National Student Board walked away “disappointed” after a lengthy on-the-record meeting with representatives from Hillel International. Four student board members of J Street U, which is affiliated with the liberal pro-Israel organization J Street, accompanied by J Street U Director Sarah Turbow, sat down with Hillel International’s CEO Eric Fingerhut;… Read More

Jews Make Booze Father’s Day event includes whiskey history and tasting


Fathers across the greater Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region will have a chance to relax while also learning about the history of Jewish involvement in the American whiskey making process. The Jewish Museum of Maryland will be hosting a lecture on Sunday by author Reid Mitenbuler, who wrote the recently released “Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future… Read More

Wild Pea Partners with McCormick on Old Bay Hummous


Baltimore County-based Wild Pea Hummous is now an official brand partner with McCormick, whose company logo can now be found on its Old Bay Hummous. Although Wild Pea has been selling Old Bay Hummous since the company’s founding in 2011, this marks a formal partnership between the companies and allows Wild Pea to promote its… Read More

Perfect Match Hopkins-Technion partnership celebrates 15 years


About 110 benefactors gathered at the private home of Bruce Sholk and Beth Kaplan in Lutherville May 27 to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the partnership between the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The event also coincided with the 75th anniversary of the partnership between the Technion and… Read More