Q&A with Attorney General Brian Frosh ‘People can feel safe if they’re going to the JCC’

On Thursday Jan. 19, the editorial team of Washington Jewish Week, a sister publication of the Baltimore Jewish Times, welcomed Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh (D) to its Rockville office for a roundtable interview on a variety of subjects, including recent the recent bomb threats made against JCCs along the East Coast and anticipated conflicts… Read More

New Vegan Birthright Trip Takes Flight in August

  For the first time in its nearly two-decade long history of sending young Jewish adults to Israel for a free 10-day immersive cultural experience, Birthright  Israel: Mayanot will be offering a trip specializing in the vegan diet and lifestyle. The announcement was made by Mayanot’s partner in this endeavor, Jewish Veg, earlier this month…. Read More

Hopkins, Towson Rank Among Nation’s Best for Jewish Students

During a time when anti-Semitic incidents are rising across college campuses at unprecedented levels, two Baltimore-area universities have become models for promoting Jewish culture and life. In its first survey of the 15 best college campuses for students in the United States and Canada, The Algemeiner ranked Johns Hopkins and Towson universities No. 10 and… Read More

BGE Surprises Krieger Schechter with Contest Grand Prize

“Do not, do not, do not touch” — this catchy refrain from BGE’s Wires Down Video Challenge not only helps to educate about electrical safety, but describes the untouchable nature of Krieger Schechter Day School students, who were informed on Jan. 18 that they had won the contest’s grand prize for the second year in… Read More

Hebrews on the High Seas Tales of Jewish mapmakers, pirates, privateers and islanders

History and tradition are rife with tales of seafaring Jews, from the story of Jonah and his travails at sea to the tribe of Dan, known for their nautical nature. Members of the tribe have had a significant impact on shaping the modern world as a result of their involvement with maps and shipping. To… Read More

Wearing Pink Hats, Women March on D.C.

Above the sea of bodies, signs and pink knitted “p—y hats” jostling for space a block from the Mall on Saturday, 22-year-old Aya Kantorovich stood on a riser holding a sign that read “Jewish women will never stop fighting for human rights.” “I wouldn’t have missed this,” she shouted from her perch. It was almost… Read More

Trump and His Inauguration Signal Major Shifts Ahead

Kenneth Manny, a veteran of the Vietnam War, flew up from Florida the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration because he’d grown exasperated with business as usual in Washington. “It seems like nothing ever gets done in D.C.,” said Manny, who wore a black hat bearing the yellow words “Vietnam Veteran.” “Politicians promise the moon… Read More

Rabbi Marvin Hier on Inauguration, American Democracy

Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance, knows a thing or two about receiving criticism. On Friday, Jan. 20, Hier  became the first rabbi since Ronald Reagan’s presidential inauguration in 1985 to contribute prayer services at the swearing-in ceremonies. One of the six diverse spiritual leaders… Read More

Gone Viral? No Sweat, Just Sweaters

Sam Barsky is easily recognizable by his hand-knit sweaters that depict themes ranging from nature scenery to Jewish holidays to well-known landmarks and tourist destinations. Earlier this month, Barsky, 42, reached new levels of fame that put him in the international spotlight. A post on the website Imgur, self-described as “the best place to share… Read More

Suburban Orthodox Hires New Executive Director

Suburban Orthodox Congregation Toras Chaim recently announced the appointment of its new executive director, Juliya Sheynman, who will officially join the congregation on Jan. 25. Born in Minsk, Belarus, Sheynman earned her degree in mass media communications from the University of Washington. She recently completed the Brandeis Jewish Leadership Incubator program at Brandeis University, a… Read More