Har Sinai Names Interim Education Administrator

Pamela Mandell, with more than 16 years of teaching experience mostly in the Jewish community, has been named Har Sinai Congregation’s interim education administrator. Mandell replaces longtime director of congregational learning, Jo-Ellen Unger, who left the Owings Mills-based congregation to become director of the Union for Reform Judaism’s 6 Points Creative Arts Academy. Har Sinai… Read More

Reed Cordish Appointed to Trump Administration

Reed Cordish, a principal and partner of Baltimore-based real estate developer and entertainment firm Cordish Companies, is set to join President-elect Donald Trump’s team in an administrational role, according to the Jewish Insider. Cordish, 42, the youngest son of Cordish Companies chairman and CEO David Cordish, is a friend of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who… Read More

Schleifer Wants Term Limits

Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer is aiming to put a cap on the number of terms city elected officials serve. According to multiple reports, Schleifer proposed a bill on Monday at a council meeting that would limit Baltimore politicians, including the mayor and councilmembers, to no more than three four-year terms in office. Schleifer,… Read More

Legislators Eye Big Issues This Session

Local Jewish lawmakers are pushing to keep the Preakness in Baltimore for the foreseeable future, make community college free to students across the state and ban fracking, among other issues, in this year’s legislative session. These items ranked high on the list of priorities for those individuals in advance of the Maryland General Assembly gathering… Read More

Groups Ready for March on Washington

Progressive Jewish groups are gearing up to participate in the potentially massive Women’s March on Washington, a protest against President-elect Donald Trump that will take place the day after his inauguration. Organizers expect around 200,000 people at the Jan. 21 demonstration, which coincides with Shabbat. While Jewish organizers acknowledge that Shabbat could prevent some Jews… Read More

Cohen Drives Conversation on MTA’s Bus Cut to Students

Sitting front and center in the Frederick Douglass High School auditorium, Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen spoke passionately about the need to make the bus system more accessible for public school students. In his first legislative oversight hearing as the council’s Education and Youth Committee chairman on Jan. 5, Cohen welcomed students, parents and residents… Read More

Board of Appeals Rules against Proposed Chabad Synagogue

The Baltimore County Board of Appeals ruled Jan. 4 that a Chabad Lubavitch synagogue proposed for the 8400 block of Stevenson Road did not meet certain Baltimore County zoning requirements. Board members Maureen Murphy, Jason Garber and James West said the plan for the synagogue did not comply to the extent possible with RTA (residential… Read More

Local Jewish Organizations Engage Young Jews Through Social Causes

Under the direction of Madeline Suggs, the Baltimore Jewish Council has revamped its programming in recent years to appeal to more millennials. Suggs, 26, director of public affairs at the BJC, said she spent the past summer meeting with young up-and-upcoming leaders in the community simply asking how the BJC could better engage them. What… Read More

Park Heights JCC Briefly Evacuated After Bomb Threat

The Park Heights JCC was briefly evacuated on Monday after a phoned-in bomb threat, which proved to be unfounded. The building was cleared after the phone call came in at 11:45 a.m. and was reopened shortly after 2 p.m., once the threat was found to be unsubstantiated. That same day, bomb threats were called in… Read More

Board of Appeals Rules Against Proposed Chabad Synagogue

The Baltimore County Board of Appeals ruled Jan. 4 that a Chabad Lubavitch synagogue proposed for the 8400 block of Stevenson Road did not meet certain Baltimore County zoning requirements. Board members Maureen Murphy, Jason Garber and James West said the plan for the synagogue did not comply to the extent possible with RTA (residential… Read More