Weinberg Foundation Gives Grant to Ronald McDonald House

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation awarded the Ronald McDonald House Charities Baltimore it a $5 million grant last month. The House Charities provide a home away from home for the families of children being treated at a number of local hospitals. The grant will go towards a $30 million capital campaign dedicated to breaking ground… Read More

BJC Awards Glen Burnie School for Holocaust Education

Monarch Academy Public Charter School in Glen Burnie was chosen Tuesday to be this year’s recipient for the Baltimore Jewish Council’s Ponczak-Greenblatt Families’ Award for Excellent in Holocaust Education. The award is presented by the council’s Holocaust Remembrance Commission, who chose Monarch’s eighth-grade teachers to honor for their work teaching students about the realities of… Read More

Pesner Named to NAACP Board

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), on Feb. 28 was named to the national board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP). Under Pesner, the RAC and NAACP will continue a joint effort to fight for the fundamental rights of Jews and African-Americans,… Read More

At Least 7 JCCs Receive Bomb Threats on Purim

At least seven Jewish community centers in the United States and Canada received bomb threats while they were hosting Purim events. The threats, either called in or emailed, were reported Sunday at JCCs in Rochester, New York; Chicago; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Cleveland; Houston; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Most of the JCCs were evacuated and searched. None… Read More

Baltimore Teen Elected International BBG President

Baltimore’s Rebecca Sereboff was voted international N’siah (president) of B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG), the sorority component the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, at the BBYO’s International Convention in Dallas last month. Rebecca, 17, is a lifelong Reisterstown resident and a member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation. She attended Krieger Schechter Day School from kindergarten through eighth grade… Read More

Naale Gives Students an Elite (and Free) Israeli Education

For many families in the United States, a private education is financially beyond reach. Jewish day schools in particular can be notoriously expensive, although many do offer scholarships. But through a program called the Naale Elite Academy, Jewish students from around the world are provided a free high school education, provided they are willing to… Read More

Interfaith Institute Tackles Islamophobia

Dr. Homayra Ziad, scholar of Islam at the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies, argues that a one-dimensional view of Muslims is incorrect. “Muslims, who constitute two percent of the U.S. population, are the most diverse group in the country, hailing from 40 to 50 countries worldwide,” she told a crowd at Baltimore Hebrew… Read More

Students Converge On Annapolis for Nonpublic School Advocacy Day

Nearly 1,400 private school students descended on Annapolis on March 1 — ahead of state budget proceedings — to advocate for scholarship money for low-income students. The record-setting number of students turned out for Nonpublic School Advocacy Day, which was hosted by the Maryland Council for American Private Education (CAPE) and addressed by Gov. Larry… Read More

Hopkins President, Wife Establish Fund for First-Generation College Students

Johns Hopkins University president Ronald Daniels and his wife, faculty member Joanne Rosen, announced a financial aid endowment that is expected to provided scholarships each year to four undergraduate students. The couple is establishing the $1 million endowment for undergraduates who are the first in their families to attend college in the university’s Krieger School… Read More

Dan Morhaim Reprimanded for Ethics Issue

The Maryland House of Delegates disciplined Del. Dan Morhaim on March 3 for using his office to influence medical cannabis regulators without properly disclosing that he was a paid consultant to a prospective dispensary. The House voted 138-0 to reprimand Morhaim, a Democrat who represents District 11 in Baltimore County, for his involvement as a… Read More