A New Beginning

Stewart House/Gett
Jennifer Tyrrell (left) hugs Pascal Tessier at a news conference in Grapevine, Texas, following the BSA's decision to end its policy of prohibiting openly gay youths from participating in Scout activities.

The Jewish community played a significant role in working to lift the ban on gays in the Boy Scouts of America.At their annual meeting in Grape-vine, Texas, 61 percent of 1,400 members voted May 23 in favor of lifting the ban, which had been in place since 1991. The new policy will go into effect… Read More

‘Inline’ For A Challenge

Photos by David Stuck
On July 31, Sheldon “Shlomo” Caplan will participate in the fourth annual Bike4Chai — on inline skates.

Departing from Asbury Park, N.J., on July 31, Pikesville resident Sheldon “Shlomo” Caplan will be one of approximately 300 people taking part in Bike4Chai, a two-day bike ride that raises funds for Chai Lifeline, a nationwide organization that provides care services for terminally ill children. Like his cohorts, Caplan will experience the grind of a… Read More

Now Trending Among Jewish Professionals

Photos by David Stuck
DFI’s leadership summit talked “Playlist Judaism.”

Playlist Judaism. That was the title of Dr. Kerry Olitzky’s presentation to approximately 125 Jewish communal professionals and lay leaders gathered for the Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development at the Weinberg Center’s  Professional Leadership Summit at Temple Oheb Shalom on May 21. But there were no iPods, klezmer bands or song leaders on… Read More

Citizenship. Community. Economics.

Students and staff from Bais Yaakov School For Girls spent a day at BizTown, where the girls were challenged to learn skills that at first may seem irrelevant to sixth-graders but may be very relevant within the next five years.

How can a Bank of America office, a CareFirst office, a Toyota Financial Services office and the Baltimore Business Journal fit into a 10,000-square-foot facility? Answer: BizTown. A program of the nonprofit Junior Achievement of Central Maryland’s Owings Mills headquarters, BizTown grants students the opportunity to learn real-life lessons outside the classroom. It is also… Read More

Dialogue Is Understanding

Photo Provided
Rabbi David Rosen says interfaith dialogue is more crucial than ever. 
He will speak at Beth El as part of the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies 25th anniversary celebration on June 5.

Wow! What a resume! Rabbi David Rosen is international director of interreligious affairs of the American Jewish Committee and its Heilbrunn Institute for International Interreligious Understanding, a past chairman of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, a former chief rabbi of Ireland, a papal knight and a Commander of the British Empire. And now,… Read More

Citizenship. Community. Economics.

How can a Bank of America office, a CareFirst office, a Toyota Financial Services office and the Baltimore Business Journal fit into a 10,000-square-foot facility? Answer: BizTown. A program of the nonprofit Junior Achievement of Central Maryland’s Owings Mills headquarters, BizTown grants students the opportunity to learn real-life lessons outside the classroom. It is also… Read More

RUSH Of Consideration

REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/newscom
Sen. Ben Cardin is a RUSH bill co-sponsor.

If Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) gets his way, life could become a little bit easier for Holocaust survivors. On May 21, Sen. Cardin, along with co-sponsors Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), introduced a bill to assist survivors. The Responding to Urgent Needs of Holocaust Survivors Act, or RUSH Act, would add… Read More

Ocean City Deli, Kosher-Style

Photo Provided 
Rosenfeld’s Jewish Delicatessen is now open in Ocean City.

Just off Coastal Highway in Ocean City, one ambitious “semi-retired” Montgomery County native, Warren Rosenfeld, is living his dream. Growing up in a family that operated a Washington, D.C. diner, Rosenfeld always felt that as countless families flocked to Ocean City, “there was a need that hadn’t yet been filled — a Jewish deli.” After… Read More

Oldest known Torah scroll found in library of Italian university

What is being described as the oldest Torah scroll known to exist was discovered in the library of the University of Bologna. The parchment scroll had been wrongly catalogued as dating from the 17th century, a university statement said. “Instead, ‘Roll 2’ was copied in a period between the second half of the 12th and… Read More

First Jewish funeral held in Australian Outback since ‘43

The first Jewish funeral in an Australian Outback town since 1943 was held with the aid of a Facebook and Twitter campaign. On Sunday, more than 20 Jews came to the cemetery in the rural town of Goulbourn, about 125 miles south of Sydney, for the funeral of Wayne Robinson, whose dying wish was to… Read More