The Struggle Continues

Ilya and Luba Tolkachov and their 22-month-old son live in a tiny one-room Kiev apartment, which they share with with Ilya’s mother. (Ben Sales)

KIEV — In a crowded room of the Tolkachov family’s tiny apartment here, a couch and twin bed sit kitty-corner from each other, sandwiching a small crib. In another corner, a wooden table is cluttered with a computer and some toys. Since October, three generations of the Tolkachov family — grandmother, parents and 22-month-old baby… Read More

Carole Sibel, Rock Star Philanthropist

Carole Sibel held “virtually every leadership position possible” 
at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.
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There’s no debating that Carole Sibel was a true champion. From the Jewish community to the animal advocacy community to the arts community and to the medical community, Sibel’s impact and otherworldly fundraising abilities were felt all over Baltimore. “She’s like irreplaceable,” said Sheldon Stein, president and CEO of Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, where Sibel… Read More

A Gaffe at the Gordon Center

The March 11 to 15 run of “Old Jews Telling Jokes” garnered five complaints.

When “Old Jews Telling Jokes” came to the Gordon Center for a series of performances in March, five actors paid tribute to Jewish humor. A handful of audience members got more than they bargained for, walking out after an offending joke involving Jesus on (and off) the cross. The joke, as told by producer Phil… Read More

Hate Crime or Not?

Last month, a Jewish George Washington University student posted a swastika to his fraternity’s bulletin board after returning from a spring break trip to India, where the swastika is considered an ancient good luck symbol. It didn’t have the effect he intended. GW President Steven Knapp referred the matter to the Metropolitan Police Department Hate… Read More

Outnumbered!

American Muslims are expected to be more numerous than American Jews by the year 2035, according to a new study. 
(Adam Berry/Getty Images)

In 20 years, there will be more Muslims in North America than Jews, according to a new Pew Research Center report. The report, which was released April 2, also found that more American Jews are leaving Judaism than non-Jews are joining the Jewish people. According to “The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050,”… Read More

The Fight Is On

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) 
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Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) was defiant in his news conference Wednesday evening, telling the media and cheering supporters in both English and Spanish at a Newark hotel ballroom that he will fight the indictment brought against him by the U.S. Department of Justice earlier that day — maintaining his innocence as he has throughout the… Read More

Schechter Hires New Head of School

Krieger Schechter Day School has named Rabbi Moshe Schwartz as the new head of school for the 2015-2016 academic year, only the third person to hold the position in the school’s history. For the past five years, Schwartz has served as head of school for the Kellman Brown Academy in Voorhees, N.J. He earned his… Read More

Addiction Recovery Center Abandons Mount Washington

The Maryland Addiction Recover Center, which caused a stir earlier this year when it decided to pursue a second location in Baltimore’s Mount Washington neighborhood, has dropped those plans in favor of staying in Towson. “It is a little bigger,” Zachary Snitzer, director of business development for MARC, said of the new location the center… Read More

Pondering the Future

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Whether it be through parties, free food or even stipends, Jewish college students are being constantly courted by a number of different campus organizations at almost every local college. The organizations doing the courting? They’re not fraternities or sororities, they’re the many Jewish organizations vying for students’ attention. Towson University and Goucher College each have… Read More

JUFJ to Focus on Rent Court Reform

Jews United for Justice, which recently expanded to Baltimore in the fall, has named its first campaign issue as Rent Court Reform. “‘Rent Court’ is a judicial process specifically addressing tenant-landlord issues,” according to a news release from JUFJ. “The court is overwhelmed by the volume of cases heard (about 1,000 per day), with judges… Read More