Something for Everybody For area rabbis, a High Holiday sermon that resonates is the ultimate goal

Next to writing a dissertation, crafting an effective High Holiday sermon may seem like one of the more monumental achievements for any writer. But talk to rabbis from congregations of all sorts in Baltimore and it becomes apparent that they have it down to a science. Rabbi Benjamin Sharff of Har Sinai Congregation uses a… Read More

High Holidays for All Reform Temple’s free services, held at Owings Mills High School, started more than a decade ago

Susan Dudley’s family goes way back in American Reform Judaism. Her family on her mother’s side was here before the American Revolution, when she believes there were only 500 Jewish people in the whole country, and they fought in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. They were involved in the founding of early Reform… Read More

Marvin Mandel Passes Away at 95 Maryland’s 56th governor leaves ‘extraordinary legacy’

Former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel, the state’s first and only Jewish governor, passed away Sunday afternoon. One of Maryland’s most prolific political figures, Mandel served as governor from 1969 until 1977, when he was convicted and jailed for racketeering and mail fraud charges. His sentence was later commuted and his conviction overturned. Gov. Larry Hogan… Read More

Construction Begins on New Metro Centre Building

Construction began on a 200,000-square-foot office and retail building at the Metro Centre at Owings Mills, marked by a groundbreaking on Aug. 27. The new construction is part of 1.2 million square feet of office space planned for the mixed-use development, which will total 7 million square feet when completed. “We are extremely optimistic about… Read More

Baltimore County Crime Dropped 7.2 Percent in 2014

Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced a 7.2 percent overall decrease in crime in 2014 at a news conference on Aug. 26. Among the types of crime that decreased were aggravated assault, burglary and vehicle theft, which went down by 6.1 percent, 15.8 percent and 17.1 percent respectively. Johnson… Read More

Rawlings-Blake Joins ‘Mayors United Against Anti-Semitism’

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake hosted American Jewish Committee leaders at city hall Tuesday as she signed the AJC’s “Mayors United Against Anti-Semitism” statement. The statement has mayors calling on their European counterparts to speak out and act to prevent anti-Semitism in their countries. It has been signed by nearly 300 mayors and county executives, including… Read More

Owings Mills Chabad Dedicates New Torah Celebration attracts hundreds; Torah dedicated to rabbi’s late father

There’s no party like a Chabad-Lubavitch Torah dedication party. People marched and danced in the streets, music was played, flags were waved, tiki torches were lit and a festive meal was enjoyed to mark the occasion. Hundreds came out to the Chabad of Owings Mills on Sunday, Aug. 30, for the Grand Torah Dedication. The… Read More

Out of a financial hole Central Scholarship’s board chair offers generous award for students with debt

Raymond Major’s winning number had only been partially announced at the Central Scholarship annual awards ceremony on Aug. 5, but that was enough to warrant an enthusiastic roar. The 2014 University of Maryland, Baltimore County graduate had just won $30,000 that would go toward paying off his college-education debt. “For some reason the first song… Read More