Mikulski Support Hands Iran Deal Victory to Obama

Maryland U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) announced her support Wednesday for the nuclear agreement with Iran. Mikulski’s support for the deal brings the number of senators in favor to 34. That’s the number of votes that President Barack Obama needs to sustain a veto. Republican majorities in the House and Senate are expected to pass… Read More

Marvin Mandel Dies at 95 Maryland’s 56th governor died Sunday

Former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel, the state’s first and only Jewish governor, died Sunday afternoon, according to reports. 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…. Read More

‘Watch My Back’ Olim contributing to Israeli society

Baltimore native Vivi Mann and Naomi Brounstein of Ontario, Canada, both made aliyah more than two decades ago with different motivations, but they have joined forces to create Ten Gav, a charitable organization that aims to empower donors and recipients by establishing personal connections. The Hebrew expression ten gav, meaning “watch my back,” is commonly… Read More

A Blessing in Rising Water New Orleans resident — and Baltimore native — reflects on the flood of local support 10 years after Katrina

Ten years later, the expression, gam zu l’tovah  — roughly translated as “even this is for the good” — seems to hold water in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, particularly in the Jewish community. And gam zu l’tovah would not be my own mantra, were it not for the generosity of Baltimore’s Jewish community. My husband,… 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

Pray for Victory? It can be a problem for Jews when the Ravens’ first game falls on one of the year’s most important holidays

When the sky goes dark on Sept. 13, most Jews will flock to synagogue to begin the annual ritual of celebrating Rosh Hashanah. But some will likely be sitting on their couch, enjoying beer and pizza while watching their beloved Ravens open the season in Denver against the Broncos. “It’s going to be one of… Read More

Pet Friendly Two Columbia Jewish Congregation kids put 4-H livestock skills to the test

Ian Quill, 12, and Hayley Russell, 10, from Columbia Jewish Congregation showed off their rabbit and chicken, respectively, at the 70th annual Howard County Fair, which ended its one-week run on Aug. 15. Both of them began raising their animals as a part of 4-H, a national youth development program focused on providing children with… Read More

A Cultural Connection Program gives American teachers valuable interaction with underprivileged Israeli students

A group of 70 American teachers have returned from a month-long trip to Israel, where they taught English to 2,500 underprivileged Israeli children through the summer educational program, TALMA. “TALMA creates three unique experiences that make this program so special,” said Alon Futterman, the program’s CEO. It is “an opportunity for Israeli children to advance… Read More