Jews Conflicted by Black Lives Matter Platform

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Sabrina Sojourner said she was “dismayed and heartbroken” when the Black Lives Matter movement released a platform in which it referred to Israel as an “apartheid state” in its support for the Palestinians. According to the platform: “The U.S. justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliance with Israel and is complicit… Read More

Community at Odds Proposed zoning changes at Hidden Waters, Woodholme could mean higher-density housing

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A groundswell of community opposition to proposed zoning changes in Baltimore County has led to spirited standoffs between a country club that is a longtime community  staple and surrounding residents, as well as a developer and nearby residents. As representatives from Woodholme Country Club and Bozzuto Homes — the developer that aims to build on… Read More

Ellicott City Eyes Future with Optimism

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“We’ll be back.” Those were the first words out of Ellicott City local Len Berkowitz’s mouth when asked about the damage to Great Panes, his Main Street art glass business. “We’ve been here for 37 years and I don’t intend to end on an odd number,” he shared while sitting on the curb since benches… Read More

Roy Hoffberger: Philanthropist, Art Patron, Proud Jew

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Wednesday, Aug. 3 saw the passing of one of the most influential figures ever to grace Baltimore — lawyer, philanthropist and art collector LeRoy “Roy” Hoffberger. He was 91. Hoffberger was born in 1925 into a family that made fortunes in manufacturing and distributing ice, coal and fuel oil. He was raised surrounded by real… Read More

Baltimore-Born Rabbi Makes Chicago List

Rabbi Zev Eleff (File photo)

Rabbi Zev Eleff, 30, was named to Oy!Chicago and The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago’s Young Leadership Division’s fifth annual “Double Chai in the Chi: 36 under 36,” a list recognizing young professionals in the Chicago area. The Pikesville native and Yeshivat Rambam graduate is the chief academic officer at Chicago’s Hebrew Theological College… Read More

You Should Know … Jackie Gordon

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Baltimore resident Jackie Gordon, 34, knew in high school that she wanted to work with kids and sports. As an adult, the Franklin Middle School teacher realized her dream in the “It’s Game Time” summer camp. The Silver Spring native holds a Reading Teacher Certification from Goucher College and graduated from Towson with a bachelor’s… Read More

Bolton Street Synagogue Affiliates with Reform Movement

The sanctuary at Bolton Street Synagogue, which recently affiliated with the Reform movement. (Adam Barry)

After 30 years of being unaffiliated with a larger movement, Bolton Street Synagogue officially affiliated with the Reform movement in June. Founded by a group of Jewish families in 1986, the synagogue started in the basement of a church on Bolton Street. As it expanded, the synagogue never lost sight of the ideals of its… Read More

Local Rabbi Returns from Study in Jerusalem

Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg of Beth Am Synagogue recently returned from the Shalom Hartman Institute’s campus in Jerusalem, where he completed the first portion of  the organization’s Rabbinic Leadership Institute. The three-year fellowship program takes 30 rabbis who want expand on their previous Jewish learning, making trips back to Jerusalem each summer and winter, and… Read More

150 Years of Sinai Hospital has distinguished itself with specialized, top-quality care

Amy Perry, current president of Sinai Hospital (David Stuck)

This month marks a milestone in the Jewish community — the 150th anniversary of Sinai Hospital, the first Jewish health care establishment in the city of Baltimore. What first opened as a  10-room hospital in the mid-1800s is now a 62-acre tertiary medical center that boasts 500 beds and 5,000 employees. It includes specialty centers… Read More

Trestman Feeling Confident in His Second Ravens Season

Marc Trestman instructs the Ravens offense at training camp. (Courtesy of Baltimore Ravens)

Untimely injuries, unfulfilled team expectations and a livid fan base was not enough to deter Marc Trestman during his first season as the Ravens offensive coordinator in 2015. Less than a week after Baltimore opened training camp at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills on July 27, Trestman, a longtime NFL coach and… Read More