Center Aims to Bring Human Trafficking Out of the Shadows

It was a night ride with law enforcement about two years ago that opened Susan Esserman’s eyes to an invisible crisis in Prince George’s County, one she wants to be much more known: human trafficking. Esserman, a Washington trade lawyer who previously served as the deputy U.S. trade ambassador during President Bill Clinton’s administration, had… Read More

Bolstering Baltimore’s Film Industry

A new fund named after a pioneering film producer will connect budding filmmakers with resources and experts in an attempt to grow Baltimore’s film industry. The Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film and Media Studies, recently launched at Johns Hopkins University, creates an incubator for filmmakers to connect with industry veterans, executives, artists and entrepreneurs to… Read More

Ohr Chadash Certified Green

Ohr Chadash Academy, an Orthodox Jewish day school for students in preschool through eighth grade, was recently certified a Green School through the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE). The school will be honored alongside other new Green Schools on May 13. Ohr Chadash was honored by the Pearlstone Center as its Green… Read More

Leotta Honored at Fallen Heroes Day

To say Friday, May 6 was a bittersweet day for the family of Noah Leotta — a Montgomery County police officer who died in December of injuries sustained when he was struck by a drunk driver — would be a drastic understatement. Leotta, a brother to Shana and a son to Richard Leotta and Marcia… Read More

Howard County Synagogue Adopts Voluntary Dues

Columbia Jewish Congregation, a Reconstructionist synagogue, has voted to change the structure of its dues system from a mandatory system to a voluntary commitment, which allows members to pledge as much money as they choose. The congregation voted for the change May 1, at its annual meeting. The committee that recommended the change said in… Read More

Fight and Flight Documentary Tells Triumph of American Pilots in Israel’s War for Independence

There are many ways to honor Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, but one Pikesville synagogue chose to shine a light on a little-known (and unsanctioned) post-World War II operation that proved critical in the creation of the Jewish state. Beth El Congregation, in partnership with the Center for Jewish Education, hosted a screening the… Read More

Bubbie Inspires Kind Mind, a Mitzvah Project to Help Those with Alzheimer’s

Jordyn Venick, a student at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, was surrounded by friends, family and residents of Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital when she presented a check for $4,200 to the Alzheimer’s Association on May 1. She raised the money through a mitzvah project that she dedicated to her grandmother, who is a… Read More

Emanuel Legacy Lives On at Baltimore Hebrew

After several months of discussion, the deal is done: Baltimore Hebrew Congregation will absorb Temple Emanuel and its membership, sacred objects and other resources. “Temple Emanuel has had a wonderful place in this community, and we’re honored to embrace much of that legacy and welcome its members,” said BHC Rabbi Andrew Busch. “While never the… Read More