Kirchner Honored by National Fallen Firefighters

Although his untimely death was nearly a year-and-a-half ago, time has not forgotten Gene Meir Kirchner, a member of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company who died at age 25 on May 2, 2013, eight days after he was critically injured while attempting to rescue someone from a house fire.   On Sunday, Oct. 12, Kirchner… Read More

CineFest Promises ‘Best of the Best’

On Sunday, Oct. 26, The Gordon Center for the Performing Arts will open its eighth annual CineFest with “Rock the Casbah,” a 2012 film that takes place during the first intifada in Israel. The film, directed by Yariv Horowitz, is one of four selected by members of the JCC Jewish Film Festival Committee, chaired by… Read More

Volunteers for Israel Will Work on IDF Base

At the end of this month, 10 men and nine women — ranging in age from 28 to 80 — will be traveling to Israel, but not on a leisure trip. Volunteers for Israel in the U.S, in conjunction with Sar-El, an Israeli-based volunteer organization, will send the group to work for two weeks on… Read More

BT Students Interview Driver of Kidnapped Israeli Boys

Students in Ella Shaked’s journalism and Hebrew class at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School were given a special opportunity, when they interviewed the last Israeli to see two of this summer’s three kidnapped Jewish teens alive. Rouven Maimon spoke with BT 12th-graders in late September about his experience driving Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frankel to… Read More

Homegrown Author to Release Book in Pikesville

Owings Mills-native Michelle Madow will be hosting an international book release party of her novel “Diamonds in the Rough” on Oct. 19 at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Pikesville. “Diamonds in the Rough” is the second installment of “The Secret Diamond Sisters” trilogy, which she was inspired to write while walking through her favorite… Read More

Firing Back

Hasan “Jay” Jalisi, a Democratic candidate for District 10 delegate, has responded to the petition filed earlier this month by a Republican challenger intent on removing him from the Nov. 4 ballot on the basis that he is not a resident of the district he seeks to represent. “I live in Owings Mills, within the… Read More

Freundel Took Towson Students to Mikveh

Rabbi Barry Freundel (Courtesy Towson University)

A rabbi and Towson University professor who was arrested on Oct. 14 on voyeurism charges for allegedly setting up a hidden camera in a mikveh had at least two students take part in the bathing ritual, according to a former student. Nicole Coniglio, a senior mass communication major, told student newspaper The Towerlight that she… Read More

Baltimore Bound

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According to The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, approximately 3,600 new Jewish families have moved to Baltimore over the past three years. With 15 Jewish day schools and 17 preschools from which to choose, many are lining up to join the thriving Jewish community. “We just love Baltimore,” said new arrival Howard Goldstein. “The… Read More

The Heat’s On

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LOS ANGELES — Devorah Brous’ San Fernando Valley home is shaded by green trees, studded with 19 fruit trees and patrolled by a pair of affable chickens that strut around the backyard. But at the moment, she is eager to show a visitor her dying lawn. Comparing the withering grass with a thriving orange tree… Read More

Security Sweep

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Washington, D.C.-area mikvahs are grappling with security concerns in the aftermath of Rabbi Barry Freundel’s highly publicized arrest on voyeurism charges. Freundel is accused of setting up a hidden camera in the shower room of the National Capital Mikvah in order to spy on women who changed there before taking the ritual plunge. There are… Read More