Ian Alexander Scher: Young Light Shined Bright

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Ian Alexander Scher (Yitzak Avraham) passed away in his Pikesville home, surrounded by his loving family, on Thursday, Sept. 15 at approximately  7 a.m. Ian was 13 years old. According to his mother Marci, Ian had been challenged by myriad health complications throughout the course of his  unfortunately truncated but ultimately exuberant life. Wheelchair bound… Read More

Israelis Bring Art, Diplomacy to Balkan State

Siegel specializes in painting portraits on rocks. (Courtesy of Shirley Siegel)

Kotor, Montenegro, a town in on the Adriatic coast, was the scene this month of an effort to strengthen relations between the Balkan state and Israel. In an act of cultural diplomacy, Israel’s foreign ministry teamed up with a Montenegro-based American Jewish businessman to exhibit the work of two Israeli artists — one a Jew,… Read More

Hogan in Israel: Commonality with Maryland in Cyber Security and Defense

MARYLAND GOV. LARRY HOGAN PRAYS AT THE WESTERN WALL IN JERUSALEM ON FRIDAY DURING HIS TRADE MISSION TO ISRAEL. PHOTO COURTESY OF OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan made stops last week at iconic Jerusalem sites such as Yad Vashem and the Western Wall during his weeklong trade mission to Israel. “It was just a very emotional experience to see the faces and to hear the voices of victims of the Holocaust, one of the darker chapters in history,”… Read More

Messages for the New Year Seven rabbis talk High Holidays and sermons

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The High Holidays are a particularly heavy time of the year: a time for reflection, renewal, forgiveness and repentance for individuals, the Baltimore Jewish  community and the Jewish world at large. For rabbis in the Greater Baltimore area, there is no uniform approach to composing sermons for the High Holidays nor uniform topics to cover…. Read More

BHC Enlists CHAI for Future Planning

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After more than a year of discussions, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation has enlisted the assistance of a major community group to bring improvements to its aging infrastructure. In collaboration with Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. (CHAI), BHC since August has been in the initial stages of putting together a vision plan that will focus on renovating existing… Read More

Community Kibitz: Gefilte Fish

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This week the JT popped into three area Jewish eateries to ask customers about what turned out to be a rather ticklish subject: Do you like gefilte fish? Miller’s Deli, 2849 Smith Ave., Pikesville Chatting with the ladies who meet here every week to play mah-jongg. EILEEN GARFIELD (Pikesville): I make it from the can… Read More

Shimon Peres, Israeli Founding Father and ‘Soul of Israel,’ Dies at 93 1923 - 2016

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Shimon Peres, the last of the founding generation of Israel’s leaders and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, died Wednesday morning (Israel time)  after a career in public service that spanned seven decades. Peres was 93. Peres served as prime minister twice and was president from 2007 to 2014. He played an instrumental role… Read More

High Holiday Services

Below are links to information about High Holiday services at Baltimore- and Howard County-area synagogues. Conservative Adat Chaim bit.ly/2d253hx Beth Am Synagogue bit.ly/2dkJsP7 Beth El Congregation bit.ly/2d2f4d2 Beth Israel Congregation bit.ly/2dkSyzW Beth Shalom Congregation bit.ly/2cUTAQa Chevrei Tzedek bit.ly/2dbnxZE Chizuk Amuno Congregation bit.ly/2cE6hiC Reform Baltimore Hebrew Congregation bit.ly/2dcvMIV Bolton Street Synagogue bit.ly/2duN4l1 Har Sinai Congregation bit.ly/2d2aBJ2… Read More