Yom HaShoah to Be Commemorated at Local Events

Beth El Congregation will be hosting this year’s Baltimore-area Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, event on Sunday, a tribute to Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and well-known author who died in July 2016. The event will include writings, photos and videos from Wiesel, along with selections of his favorite music performed by HaZamir Baltimore… Read More

Baltimore Child Abuse Center Throws 4th Annual ‘Be A Hero’ Gala

The Baltimore Child Abuse Center will host its fourth annual “Be A Hero” fundraiser at the Lord Baltimore Hotel on April 28. Tickets for the main event are already sold out, but the $100 after-party tickets are still available. The after-party will take place in the hotel’s LB Speakeasy with live entertainment, open bar and… Read More

Nonprofit To Take Over Lenny’s Deli’s Lombard Street Location

Lenny’s Delicatessen turned over its Lombard Street space in Baltimore last weekend to Helping Up Mission to concentrate on its other two locations in Owings Mills and the Horseshoe Casino. The deli’s Lombard Street location, in a part of town formerly known as “Corned Beef Row,” opened in 1991. The deli donated its equipment, furniture… Read More

Empowered! Five young politically involved women talk activism, challenges and public service

A few months ago, when Donald Trump pulled off his stunning upset of Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, Mandee Heinl decided not to wallow in her disappointment but to take action. Heinl, 26, of Pikesville, has in recent weeks helped organize what she calls “huddles,” groups of about 25 women in various locations around… Read More

Chametz Burning Provides Space for Community Ritual

For Elly Lasson, the annual burning of chametz, or leavened food that cannot be consumed during Passover, is a family affair that goes back decades. Lasson 52, arrived at Pimlico Race Course on the morning of April 10 with his father, Moshe, to toss every bread crumb he owned into one of the two dozen… Read More

Howard County Native Takes Over Cincinnati Jewish Council

Last month, Howard County native Jackie Congedo was named director of the Cincinnati Jewish Community Relations Council, the city’s equivalent of the Baltimore Jewish Council. The council is an arm of the local Jewish Federation. “I feel really humbled and lucky to have been offered this opportunity during this pivotal time,” Congedo, 31, said. Congedo… Read More

Maryland General Assembly Legislative Wrap-Up Highs, lows for Jewish lawmakers

The most recent Maryland General Assembly session was an eventful one for Jewish lawmakers and lobbyists in which many priorities were funded and top policy initiatives both passed and failed. Lawmakers voted to pass a bill to ban the controversial natural gas extraction technique known as fracking, or hydraulic fracturing. They also approved legislation that… Read More

BT First-Graders Create Upcycled Passover Mural

After months of students and staff at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School saving bottle caps, first-graders in Toby Kaplowitz’s class unveiled a mural out of the reused bottle caps that depicts the Exodus from Egypt. “I had this idea over the summer,” said Kaplowitz. “My mother, who is a lifelong teacher, gave me a booklet… Read More

Baltimore County Public Library Rebrands

The Baltimore County Public Library announced last week a rebrand for the whole system, meant to align all its many programs and services under one umbrella. Along with an updated logo comes the tagline, “Be All In.” The BCPL last changed its logo in 2011. This rebrand finds the “B” with a crease in the… Read More

At the 4Front of Engaging Jewish Teens

The Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC’s teen engagement effort, originally called the Center for Teen Engagement, recently rebranded to 4Front, a name officials feel better embodies its purpose and goals. “Our name, 4Front, comes from two areas,” said Rabbi Dena Shaffer, director of the organization. “We see ourselves on the cutting edge, or forefront, of engaging… Read More