‘A Miracle’

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Jewish communal officials the world over were gratified by the recent announcement by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) that social service agencies that provide assistance to frail, elderly and low-income Holocaust survivors will receive substantial increases in their allocations for 2015. In Baltimore, funding to Jewish Community Services will increase… Read More

Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Freundel’s Former Employers

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While the criminal trial of Rabbi Barry Freundel, formerly of the Kesher Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., on six counts of voyeurism has not yet begun, some women who allege they are Freundel’s victims have joined a class-action civil lawsuit against his former employers, seeking to be compensated for emotional injuries.   A team of… Read More

Good As New

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Congregants packed the halls of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation for a once-in-a-lifetime experience: the chance to help repair a Torah scroll that survived the Holocaust and dates back at least 250 years. “It was great,” said Linda Speert, who helped write an aleph on the scroll the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 14. She wanted to bring… Read More

Our Obligation

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“May the odds be ever in your favor,” Effie Trinket says in the early scenes of the first “The Hunger Games” movie, but for many in Howard County the odds are not in their favor, and issues of hunger, poverty and housing are of daily concern. With that in mind, Beth Shalom Congregation in Columbia… Read More

SAFE and Sound

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According to the American Association of Retired Persons, approximately 8,000 baby boomers will turn 65 years old, per day, for the next decade. AARP also reports that one in 10 healthy adults over age 60 claim some type of neglect or maltreatment — physical, psychological or emotional — and this is most likely to happen… Read More

Ulman Heads to College Park

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Former Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced Monday that he will serve as an economic development and innovation strategist for the University of Maryland, College Park. Ulman’s newly formed consulting firm, Margrave Strategies LLC, will provide a variety of economic development, planning and visioning services to institutions, businesses and organizations. Margrave’s principal initial client is… Read More

Gender Gaps, Job Availability Examined

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While diversity has greatly increased at the Association for Jewish Studies — around half of the organization’s approximately 3,000 members are female and 17 percent identify with a religion other than Judaism — disparities still exist in the academic discipline. “Today women actually outnumber men among our recent Ph.D.s,” AJS president Jonathan Sarna, a professor… Read More

‘Gratitude for Every Breath’

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More than 700 people gathered Sunday night to celebrate the life and work of Rabbi Zvi Dov Slanger, who 70 years ago escaped the horrors of the Holocaust and went on to dedicate his life to the study and transmission of Torah. Born in Budapest, Slanger and his immediate family were among those Jews fortunate… Read More

Suburban Orthodox Launches $5M Capital Campaign

Growth in recent years has prompted Suburban Orthodox Congregation to launch a $5 million building campaign, the congregation’s rabbi, chairman and president announced in a Dec. 12 email to congregants. “The time has come to write the next chapter of our congregational narrative,” read the message, which was signed by Rabbi Shmuel Silber, chairman of… Read More

Baltimoreans Peddle from Jerusalem to Eilat

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For five days last month,165 people, including 17 local participants, took the scenic route through Israel — by bicycle. The cyclists were participants in the Arava Institute Hazon Israel Bike Ride and together raised more than $600,000 for the institute’s academic and environmental research programs in the Middle East and to help Hazon create sustainable… Read More