Pearlstone Moves Kosher Certification to Orthodox Union

The Pearlstone Center announced that it moved its kosher certification from Star-K to the Orthodox Union, effective Aug. 3. “The move was made to enable Pearlstone to better fulfill its mission and serve its guests in providing the highest level of kashrut balanced with the flexibility to provide exciting and cutting-edge new services,” a news… Read More

A Man of Great Character Owings Mills’ Lenny ‘Batman’ Robinson, dedicated to brightening lives of sick children, dies in roadside crash

Leonard “Lenny” Robinson, known to many as Batman due to his dedication to visiting hospitalized children while dressed as the superhero, died Aug. 16. He was 51. Robinson had stopped his car on the shoulder of Interstate 70 near Hagerstown, Md., to check on apparent engine trouble, when a Toyota Camry hit his Lamborghini Batmobile,… Read More

Witness Dismantles Part of Opposition to Stevenson Chabad Cites regulations that appear to help rabbi

During the second hearing over a proposed Chabad-Lubavitch synagogue, one witness may have refuted one of the two cases neighborhood opposition brought against the rabbi and his congregation. The issue in question is if Rabbi Velvel Belinsky’s plans are compatible with a nearly decade-old development plan that called for single-family homes to be built on… Read More

Mayor Meets with Jewish Community Northwest Baltimore residents talk of major safety concerns

Jewish residents in Northwest Baltimore voiced a need for additional resources to combat crime in a private meeting with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Sunday, Aug. 9. About 30 people gathered at the home of David and Malke Kramer for a discussion with the mayor and other local leaders about the recent increase in crime across the… Read More

Imagine That! Cousins in Curaçao

A gentleman in South Africa, who I interviewed earlier this year, said to me when I thanked him for his time, “Kol yisrael chaverim. Do you know what this means? All of Israel are friends.” Given recent events, I think the phrase kol yisrael mishpachah, all of Israel is family, might be even more apt…. Read More

Ravens or Redskins? Picking a team, living between cities

The NFL season is approaching with the defending Super Bowl XLIX champions, the New England Patriots, hosting the league’s annual kickoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 10. Although Howard County, geographically, lies between Baltimore and Washington D.C., locals seem to favor the Ravens over the Redskins. “Central to northern Howard County is heavily… Read More

Reparations How much should the PLO pay in terror compensation?

The Obama administration on Monday cited potential economic and political repercussions to the Palestinian Authority when it asked a federal judge to “carefully consider” the amount of bond he will require for the PA to appeal large damages awarded to American victims of terror. At the conclusion of a lengthy civil trial in February, the… Read More

A Threat to Jewish Civil Rights? Jerusalem Post editor rakes Obama for his pointed remarks on the Iran deal

Upward of 500 people assembled in Beth Tfiloh Congregations’s sanctuary to hear Caroline Glick, deputy managing editor of the Jerusalem Post, expertly unfurl her thoughts about President Barack Obama’s promotion of the Iran nuclear deal, what its outcome could mean for Israel and the United States and his alleged threat to American Jewish civil rights…. Read More

Neely Tal Snyder Remembered for Dedication, Passion Pearlstone Center program director, mother of three, died in car crash

Although her life was cut short, Neely Tal Snyder’s impact was felt in Baltimore’s Jewish community and beyond. The wife, mother of three daughters, advocate and educator died in a car crash Monday morning at the age of 37. “She felt so strongly about the things that were important to her,” said Autumn Sadovnik, a… Read More