Closing Doors

NEW YORK — It was one of the largest Jewish nonprofit agencies in the country. And until December, when FEGS unexpectedly announced that it had lost $19.4 million in the last fiscal year, it was considered by many to be a model social service agency. Then came last Friday’s announcement that FEGS was closing, leaving… Read More

Building Campus Community

Participants in the first annual Masorti on Campus 
Shabbaton gather for a group photo. They represent a
 diverse group of campus communities seeking connection.

Seeking connection among Conservative and traditional-egalitarian students on college campuses, a dedicated group of students banded together and are in the midst of planning their second annual conference. When Koach, the Conservative movement’s college outreach program, was shuttered in 2013, a group of concerned students came together to form their own community. Masorti on Campus,… Read More

Industrious New Director

Anita Kassof (Photo by Caroline Earp)

Former associate director at the Jewish Museum of Maryland Anita Kassof, who is “thrilled to be back in Baltimore and to be committing to this community again,” has found her new home and her latest mission at the Baltimore Museum of Industry as its new executive director. Kassof, who has spent the past four years… Read More

A Very Real Challenge

For Orthodox Jews, President Barack Obama’s proposed tax reforms present a numbers-crunching paradox: Income he designates as well-off may mean just getting by for large families. Obama’s 2015 budget, which was introduced Monday, aims to offset economic breaks to upper-income families to help working- and middle-class Americans, a key goal of his State of the… Read More

Dermer’s Dance Eyes turn to Israeli ambassador amid firestorm over Netanyahu invite

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A week after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) touched off a political and diplomatic firestorm by announcing an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress, attention turned to Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, and his role in the controversy. How serious you believe the U.S.-born Dermer’s role is in setting… Read More

Woman’s 11-Year Get Battle Comes to an End

Cynthia Ohana with three of her five children, (from left) Gavi, Tamar and Adina.
(Marc Shapiro)

After separating from her husband 12 years ago and divorcing nearly 10 years ago, Cynthia Ohana has finally received a get, a divorce document sanctioned by Jewish law necessary in order to remarry. On Jan. 23, Ohana’s attorney, Larry Feldman, who worked on the case pro-bono for 11 years, reached an agreement with Tim Faith,… Read More

Yeshiva Students Experience Haiti

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The second she stepped off the plane, Esther Shmunis knew she was in a place unlike any other she’d been to before. The terminal was “miniscule,” the Silver Spring resident said. Advertisements and stores were low budget, people were wearing clothing that looked like it was from another decade. Outside the airport, there were police… Read More

Ohio Rabbi Remains in Jail Chaplain accused of sex abuse recalled as diligent student

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New details have emerged in the case of the Ohio rabbi accused of sexually abusing a Baltimore County girl. Reached at the seminary from which Rabbi Frederick “Ephraim” Karp, who is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson, graduated in 1998, Rabbi Yaakov Spivak, dean of the Ayshel Avraham Rabbinical Seminary in… Read More

Dermer’s Dance Eyes turn to Israeli ambassador amid firestorm over Netanyahu invite

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A week after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) touched off a political and diplomatic firestorm by announcing an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress, attention turned to Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, and his role in the controversy. How serious you believe the U.S.-born Dermer’s role is in setting… Read More

Pikesville Middle Designated a Lighthouse

Pikesville Middle School has been chosen as a “Lighthouse” school beginning next fall. Lighthouse schools are among the first in Baltimore County to put into action the vision of the Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow (STAT) program, tagged as “the move to digital learning.” As part of the program, all incoming Pikesville sixth-graders will be… Read More