Jewish Museum Tackles Egyptian Afterlife

With their elaborate tombs filled with amulets, jewelry, food and cosmetics, the Egyptians certainly did not pack light for the afterlife. In a one-hour lecture titled “What the Ancient Egyptians Took with Them — and Why,” Betsy Bryan of Johns Hopkins University gave insight into the ancient Egyptians thoughts on death for a packed audience… Read More

Changing the Way We Teach Students learn there’s no one way to be pro-Israel

From left: Joseph Gelula, Noah Green and Barak Widawsky. Being pro-Israel means “I want Israel to exist,” Gelula said. ( David Holzel)

You would be hard-pressed a decade ago to find any mainstream Jewish organization including Palestinian narratives as part of its Israel education efforts. And yet, those perspectives are an integral part of the Israel Engagement Fellowship, a seminar sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington…. Read More

Shomrim Seeking to Raise $20K After Apartment Fire

(Marc Shapiro)

Shomrim of Baltimore is trying to raise $20,000 after the apartment building housing the organization’s informal headquarters was condemned following a two-alarm fire Tuesday morning. Spokesman Nathan Willner said the apartment at the Green Acres complex, located at 3607 Fallstaff Road, “was sort of like an office” and the organization stored supplies such as jackets,… Read More

Civic Pride At The Intersection, justice and Jewish values prevail

A local nonprofit organization, The Intersection, is generating what it hopes to be the next leaders of the city, state and country with the children of impoverished and underprivileged communities in Baltimore. The nonprofit was founded in 2011 by former Goucher College graduate and Teach for America participant Zeke Cohen. Cohen, a Jewish transplant to… Read More

Umami Bistro Closes Its Doors

Jewish Baltimore lost a kosher mainstay this week with the April 2 closing of Umami Bistro, a kosher Chinese and Japanese restaurant located in Pikesville’s Club Centre shopping plaza. “It’s a big shame,” said Chana Bernstein, a Greenspring resident who said that Umami has been one of her favorite restaurants in town. There are options… Read More

LifeBridge Health to Operate Carroll Hospital Center

LifeBridge Health, operator of Sinai Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Levindale Hebrew and Geriatric Center and Hospital, expands its care into Carroll County this month, welcoming its new subsidiary facility, Carroll Hospital Center. Members of Carroll County Health Services Corporation, parent company of Carroll Hospital Center, voted to approve the affiliation agreement that became active April 1…. Read More

Gansky to Head ACHARAI

ACHARAI: The Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Institute has named Beth Gansky as its next executive director. She succeeds the organization’s first executive director, Debra Weinberg, who will retire in July after 10 years at the post. “I think ACHARAI is doing the work that needs to be done in all communities,” Gansky said. “To have… Read More

Church Hosts Preschool’s Matzah Baking Party

Happy children with hands covered in a doughy paste of flour and water gleefully pounded out homemade matzah last Friday night at Salem Lutheran Church, the new site of Beth El Congregation’s downtown preschool and neighborhood school. Fifteen families gathered for the Shabbat and pre-Passover activities. Young children placed bug and locust stickers on plates… Read More

Too Hot To Handle Jewish community evaluates fire-safety measures

Electric hot plates are a mainstay in 
observant Jewish homes during Shabbat and holidays when turning knobs and electrical switches are prohibited. (David Stuck)

In the wake of a horrific fire caused by a faulty hot plate that claimed the lives of seven children in an Orthodox neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., observant Jews are re-evaluating how they warm food during Shabbat and holidays. Here in Baltimore, community members gathered at the Park Heights JCC on Monday night for a… Read More

Requesting to Grow

The Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company is seeking state funding for renovations to their current building. (File photo)

Amid a push for the closure of some Baltimore County volunteer fire departments, the Pikeville Volunteer Fire Company is trying to grow. The department has requested $500,000 in state funding — more than requested by any other volunteer fire company in the state in fiscal year 2016 — to help it improve its current facilities,… Read More