Applefeld Reappointed ABA Insurance Coverage Co-Chair

David B. Applefeld, litigation section chair of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC, has been reappointed for a third term as co-chair of the Construction Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee. Applefeld, who also is a member of the ABA’s Tort and Insurance Practice Section (product, general liability and construction law… Read More

Humane Society Director Named to Mayor’s Commissio

Jen Swanson, executive director of the Baltimore Humane Society, has been appointed to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission. The Commission’s goal is to eliminate animal abuse and neglect and make Baltimore a city where residents and animals are treated with dignity and respect. Swanson became executive director of Baltimore Humane Society, a private,… Read More

URJ Partners with Behrman House

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) announced new partnerships with Behrman House Publishing and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) to provide long-cherished and innovative publications to the Reform Movement and beyond. Under the guidelines of a new strategic plan, the URJ, which published a variety of materials including Torah commentaries, religious school curricula,… Read More

Glory Days In L.A.’s Koreatown, Wilshire Boulevard Temple bets big on the past for its future

LOS ANGELES — The time has long since passed when the Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s address on its namesake boulevard was considered glamorous. Now the surrounding blocks are the clamorous heart of Koreatown, with all its urban grit: traffic snarls, hulking office buildings, electronics shops, dentists, and banks with signs in Korean and some in Spanish…. Read More

Umami Not Closing

More than a month after the restaurant put up signs saying it would be closing, Umami Bistro remains open. And it will stay open, according to an employee of the restaurant and the developer who operates the shopping center Umami Bistro has called home for several years. A woman who answered the phone at the… Read More

Increased Inclusion at Area Synagogues

Two local congregations have taken new steps to make Shabbat more accessible to individuals on the autism spectrum. The Kolker Room of Beth El Congregation was filled with the sounds of children singing prayers and playing musical instruments at the May 2 Shabbat service led by Rabbi Faith Cantor and accompanied by Josh Bender on… Read More

BT Dahan Community School Earns Green Certification

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School has announced its certification as a 2015 Maryland Green School by the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education. “We are gratified to see the results of the incredible work that went into making this happen,” BT’s director of education, Zipora Schorr, said. Founded in 1999, the Maryland Green Schools… Read More

The Debate on Policing Jewish organizations in position to help make change

WASHINGTON — From roundtable discussions to protests and prayers to candid talks with law enforcement officials, American Jewish communities are joining in the debate about community policing in the wake of several high-profile deaths of unarmed black men while in police custody. Officials were short on specifics, but several said that protests in Baltimore following… Read More