‘He Will Kill Himself’

Alan Gross, the contractor from Potomac currently imprisoned in Cuba since 2009, has taken a major turn for the worse, according to Jill Zuckman, a spokeswoman for the family. Gross, 65, “has said that he will kill himself if he is in prison much longer,” Zuckman said. During a permitted visit this past July between… Read More

Sharfstein Joins Hopkins School of Public Health


Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, will be stepping down from his current position and joining the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as its new associated dean for public health practice and training. The move is effective Jan. 1, 2015. Sharfstein will also hold a faculty… Read More

End of a Long Commute


Rabbi Jordan Hersh can finally have a rest from his twice-monthly commute from New York City to Frederick. After one year of leading services, teaching and counseling part time at Beth Sholom Congregation, he has been named the congregation’s full-time rabbi. Hersh, 32, had been working at the 150-member synagogue as a Gladstein Fellow, a… Read More

Baltimoreans Rally Over Gaza


When Raquel Minka heard about a rally taking place in downtown Baltimore protesting Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, she had to do something. “They’ve been having so many,” she said of the pro-Palestinian demonstration. “We also need a chance to speak up.” Minka took to Facebook to organize her own demonstration — one in support of… Read More

15 Seconds to Safety


The sound of children singing can be heard when walking into the dark 10-by-8-by-10 room. Their voices are quickly drowned out by sirens and chaos, as translations show that their song is about hiding from rockets in a bomb shelter. “Hurry, hurry, hurry to a safe area. My heart is beating boom, boom, boom, boom,… Read More

Beth El Wins Early Childhood Education Accreditation


Beth El Congregation’s Pauline Mash School for Early Childhood Education is now accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education, making the school, which serves children from birth through age 5, the first and only Jewish early childhood program in the state to enjoy such accreditation, according to the Pikesville synagogue. Mandy Barish, Maryland accreditation… Read More

Interfaith Call to Action Goes Out on Behalf of Migrant Children


More than 100 people from several faiths assembled at the Christ Lutheran Church in Federal Hill and walked along the harbor, stopping at a central plaza for a brief service titled Welcoming the Stranger in Our Midst. It was a call to action by the leaders of Maryland’s faith communities to offer prayers on behalf… Read More

Zeta Beta Tau Honors Dogoloff

Former Phi Sigma Delta Fraternity executive director Lee I. Dogoloff received the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity’s Man of Distinction Award at 2014 International Convention and Leadership School in Washington, D.C. Dogoloff joined the Epsilon Chapter of Phi Alpha Fraternity at the University of Maryland, College Park as a freshman in the fall of 1957. Two… Read More

Rabbi Moskowitz Joins N.Y. Temple

Baltimore-native Rabbi Susie Heneson Moskowitz has been named senior rabbi of Temple Beth Torah in Melville, Long Island, succeeding Rabbi Marc Gellman, who was the congregation’s senior rabbi for the past 33 years. Rabbi Moskowitz is the third senior rabbi of the 550-family Reform Congregation since it was founded in 1969. For the past 18… Read More

Center Club Launches Campaign

The Center Club, Baltimore’s premier private business dining club, announced the launch of a new membership campaign — Connect at the Club. The new membership campaign coincides with changes and updates to The Center Club’s menu and bar offerings, decor and activities. “There’s never been a better time to join The Center Club,” Kevin Bonner,… Read More