Charity Provides Top-Shelf Items to Needy Families

Mordechai Roizman has a heart for those in need: After Hurricane Sandy wreaked devastation across New York City and coastal New Jersey, he joined those helping residents who had lost everything, pitching in to help distribute food, clothing and dry goods. But Roizman, a 48-year-old veteran of boardroom battles and executive strategy sessions knew that,… Read More

Associated Expands Disaster Relief Efforts

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore is expanding relief efforts in light of the string of natural disasters and catastrophes around the globe, including Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in Florida, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Mexico earthquake. The charitable organization is opening emergency funds for Puerto Rico and Mexico, while… Read More

Weinberg Foundation Sends $500,000 to Florida Hurricane Relief Efforts

Organizations in Florida’s Monroe, Miami-Dade, Duval, Collier, Palm Beach and Broward counties are set to receive grant aid totaling $500,000 from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The five agencies, Senior Resources Alliance, Feeding South Florida, Feeding Northeast Florida, Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County and Jewish Community Services of South Florida, were identified… Read More

Baltimore Native Reflects on Vegas Tragedy

Las Vegas resident Harvey Blankfeld described the last week’s incidents as “strange.” “You never imagine something like this happening where you live,” Blankfeld said. “We know the venues. We’re watching on national news our city and the Strip showing just a horrific situation. This tragedy was just awful.” Blankfeld, 57, a Baltimore native who lived in… Read More

Trump Nominates Baltimore Native Jamie McCourt as French Ambassador

Jamie McCourt, a Baltimore native whose father founded local appliance and electronics chain Luskin’s, made her case to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday as part of her nomination to serve as U.S. ambassador to France. An entrepreneur and attorney, McCourt surfaced as one of President Donald Trump’s staunchest supporters early in his campaign,… Read More

Baltimore’s ‘Rockin’ Rabbi’ Remembers Meeting Tom Petty in Israel

Thirty years ago, Baltimore resident Avraham Rosenblum found himself standing at the Western Wall explaining to Tom Petty that it was the holiest place in Judaism, and that the foundation stone below the Dome of the Rock is considered the foundation stone of the universe. “That’s a pretty wild rock,” Petty said as he walked… Read More

Why Obama’s Former Speechwriter Calls Him the Most Jewish President Ever

He was just 24, but speechwriter David Litt had already become President Barack Obama’s go-to guy for anything considered “kishke-related.” In Litt’s parlance, that meant he wrote the president’s speeches aiming to connect with Jewish Americans on a gut level — things like holiday and anniversary commemorations, but not, say, Israel or foreign policy. That… Read More

A Jewish ‘Dreamer’ Is Scared But Refuses to Despair

BOSTON — At 15, Elias Rosenfeld became a “Dreamer.” At the time, the Venezuela native was attending Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School in Miami, where he had lived since he was 6, when his Jewish family moved to South Florida from Caracas. His mother was a media executive, and they traveled to the… Read More

Baltimore-Florida Connections Stay Strong During Irma

With relief efforts still underway for victims of Hurricane Harvey, Jewish agencies and individuals in Baltimore stepped up again, as Hurricane Irma ripped across Florida, leaving millions more people in need of aid. Hurricane Irma was one of the most powerful recorded storms to strike the United States. When it slammed into the Florida Keys… Read More

Chabad Rabbis See Devastated Houston

At first, the older couple waved off the offer of help. But Rabbi Sholom Deitsch of Chabad Lubavitch of Northern Virginia was patient and persistent. Only days before Hurricane Irma struck Florida, Deitsch had come to Houston last week with 50 other Chabad rabbis to help people in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The people… Read More