‘Exit Berlin’ an American Story

“Exit Berlin” tells the story of American-born Arnold Hatch (above) and his German cousin, Luzie Hatch (below), as they try to help family 
still in Europe during World War II. (Photos Courtesy of Exit Berlin)

As director of the American Jewish Committee’s Archives and Records Center, Charlotte Bonelli is often offered collections of records and letters. They don’t always pan out, so when she was offered Luzie Hatch’s letters, her inclination was to pass. But at the urging of an estate executor, Bonelli took a look at Hatch’s collection. Hatch,… Read More

Bais Yaakov May Sell Owings Mills Campus

Citing growth in enrollment, Bais Yaakov School for Girls officials said the Jewish day school could sell the Owings Mills home of its elementary school and expand the Smith Avenue campus now housing its middle and high schools. “We’d like to do whatever we can to make it easier for our parents,” said Sandy Nissel,… Read More

3 Area Camps ‘Go Fishing’


Three area Jewish summer camps have been named new partners with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation while a fourth camp was tapped to receive a challenge grant. Baltimore overnight camps Gan Israel Northeast and Tizmoret Shoshana and day camp Milldale are three of only 16 camps selected as new affiliates of the JCamp180 program, which assists… Read More

JCC Beefs Up Security

On Monday, April 20, the JCC of Greater Baltimore increased security precautions at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC. The security guard in the main lobby will now be armed, and a uniformed, but not armed, security guard will be stationed at the campus’ Early Childhood Education Center (ECE). The Weinberg Park Heights JCC already had armed… Read More

Legacy Lives On


The band leader calls out, “Four, five, six, seven!” and the 20-piece ensemble springs to life with the opening bars of the iconic jazz number “Whiplash.” This Sunday evening, the Hank Levy Legacy Band will pay tribute to its namesake, Henry Jacob Levy, at Towson University, where he led the jazz program for 21 years…. Read More

Bais Yaakov May Sell Owings Mills Campus


Citing growth in enrollment, Bais Yaakov School for Girls officials said the school could sell its Owings Mills campus and expand its Smith Avenue campus. “We’d like to do whatever we can to make it easier for our parents,” said Sandy Nissel, the school’s chief operating officer. That may mean selling its campus on Park… Read More

Iran Oversight Advances


In the end, Maryland’s newly ascendant junior senator got what he wanted. The unanimous passing Tuesday of the Iran Nuclear Review Act of 2015, referred to colloquially as the Corker bill after its chief sponsor, by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee marked an important first test of Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin’s ability to negotiate the… Read More

B’More Represented in Inaugural Leadership Class

Barak Hermann 
(File Photo)

JCC of Greater Baltimore President Barak Hermann has been selected as a Schusterman Fellow, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation announced Monday. Hermann is one of 24 fellows from the United States, Israel, Australia and Europe from a variety of Jewish and secular nonprofit and for-profit organizations who were selected for the inaugural fellowship…. Read More

Out in the Open


It’s no doubt at the forefront of the minds of the approximately 45 attendees at this weekend’s Eshel retreat — designed to support Orthodox parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children — that the Supreme Court will hear arguments to decide whether the Constitution allows for a state to deny same-sex couples their right… Read More

Mimouna 5775


With red fezzes perched on their heads and sweet treats in hand, Baltimore Jews marked the end of Passover with a Mimouna celebration. Nearly 150 community members attended the Sunday event co-sponsored by Chevrei Tzedek Congregation and the Baltimore Zionist District and supported by a Jewish Education Enhancement Project grant from the Macks Center for… Read More