New Hope for BOAST

Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, pictured with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), participated in a National School Choice Week rally in Washington, D.C., last month with more than 200 students, parents, teachers and advocates, all pushing for increased support of private schools. (Provided)

Many in Baltimore’s Jewish day school community were treated to a pleasant surprise recently when Republican Gov. Larry Hogan announced in his first State of the State address that he plans to lead the effort to pass the long-debated Building Opportunities for All Students and Teachers (BOAST) in Maryland Tax Credit. “[BOAST] provides tax credits… Read More

Interfaith Success Jewish-backed Baltimore Catholic high school celebrates first college grads


Four years ago, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School graduated its first class of students. This spring, the school, which though Catholic, benefits from a significant amount of Jewish funding, will celebrate the graduation of that first class from college. Dozens of Cristo Rey alumni will graduate with their four-year degrees in May, said Jessica Gregg,… Read More

Myerberg Center Receives $40,000 Grant

The David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation has awarded the Edward A. Myerberg Center a $40,000 grant that may be applied toward its general operating budget. The grant, to be dispersed over two years, will help support programming for seniors, 55 and over. “With the funds from the Hirschhorn Foundation we are able to expand… Read More

Howard County BBYO to Join J-Serve

Howard County’s chapter of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) will join in J-Serve, the international Jewish day of youth service, on March 15. “The main goal is to provide teens in Howard County the opportunity to get involved and give back in Howard County,” said Jonah Potasznik, the county’s BBYO regional director. “The big… Read More

Combating Anti-Semitism Ira Forman briefs BJC on status of Europe

Ira Forman has served as special envoy to monitor and combat 
anti-Semitism since 2013.
(U.S. State Department)

The Baltimore Jewish Council got an update earlier this month from the Obama administration’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, Ira Forman. “This is probably the most complex issue I’ve ever looked at,” Forman told the Feb. 5 gathering of the situation facing the Jewish community in France. The talk was commissioned following the… Read More

Speaking French JFNA completes solidarity mission to Paris

Linda Hurwitz spent part of last week on a JFNA solidarity mission to France.
(File photo)

Baltimore’s Jewish community had a representative in France early last week. Linda Hurwitz, chair of planning and allocations for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and national campaign chair for the Jewish Federations of North America, spent two days in the country with the JFNA talking to members of the Jewish community and learning… Read More

Rocky Rosen Leaves behind lifetime of inspiration 91-year-old worked as a fitness instructor until weeks before his death

Allen “Rocky” Rosen (left), pictured with wife Ruth and JCC of Greater Baltimore President Barak Hermann, worked at the JCC for more than six decades.

Allen “Rocky” Rosen may be gone, but his significant impact on his community and family can never be erased. From founding a camp to helping Russian families immigrate to the United States to helping people live healthy lives into his 90s, Rosen inspired and helped generations of people. The longtime JCC fitness instructor, teacher, philanthropist… Read More

Regional Publisher of Jewish Newspapers, Baltimore Style Magazine Expands, Re-brands

Bringing its print products and custom media division under one corporate identity, the publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times, Washington Jewish Week and Baltimore Style Magazine has rebranded itself as Mid-Atlantic Media, LLC. The formation of Mid-Atlantic Media late last year consolidates the holdings of Owings Mills, Md.-based Clipper City Media and the Rockville, Md.-based… Read More

Proposed Stevenson Road Chabad Faces Opposition Synagogue would serve area’s Russian Jews


A Pikesville neighborhood is up in arms over a proposed Chabad synagogue that would be built on a three-acre property on Stevenson Road. The Ariel Jewish Center and Synagogue, a Chabad-Lubavitch congregation for Russian immigrants, plans to build a 4,000-square-foot, one-story synagogue in the 8400 block of Stevenson Road. While congregants would be excited to… Read More