The Beatles’ Jewish Roots

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Congregants at the Greenbank Drive Synagogue in Liverpool, England, always knew when the Epstein family had arrived for Shabbat services. “They all dressed in sync. The old man, Harry, and his sons Brian and Clive dressed with a nice black jacket and pinstripe trousers and … a bowler [hat], and they looked immaculate,” said Rabbi… Read More

Truthseekers Among Us

Millennial Voices, a new program conceived by the staff of the Jewish Community Services prevention education department, is geared toward teens and young adults and designed to create safe spaces and modes of communication that allow members of the millennial generation to unburden themselves, receive support and make meaningful connections with others. On Saturday night,… Read More

Cardin Opens Brotherhood Calendar

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More than 140 people filled Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Sunday night to hear U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) talk about foreign relations and domestic policy. Coming just hours before Congress was scheduled to return from a five-week vacation, Cardin’s address headlined the opening dinner of the BHC brotherhood’s 96th year. Cardin, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations… Read More

Outbreak Strikes Campers

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An outbreak involving at least 15 cases of whooping cough in Montgomery County is being traced back to a teenager who attended Capital Camps, which just announced the resignation of its camp director. Pertussis, commonly called whooping cough, is highly contagious and is transmitted through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs. It… Read More

DFI Honors Three Collaborative Programs

Michael Brandwein gives his keynote speech at DFI JPRO Day last month.

The programs were chosen as the top three submissions to DFI’s “Challenge of Collaborations,” which had 18 community organizations submit. The winning program, which received a $1,000 grant, was Jewish Community Gardening, the first runner-up was Four Rabbis, Five Opinions, and the second runner-up was the Center for Jewish Education’s Jewish Deaf-Blind Shabbaton. Jewish Community… Read More

Rochlin Named Camp Airy Director

After a decade as a public school administrator, Marty Rochlin is going back to camp as the new director of Camp Airy. Rochlin, a former camper, assistant director and programming director at the camp, takes over the Jewish boys overnight camp following the retirement of Rick Frankle. “I’m looking forward to coming back to play,”… Read More

White House Sparks Ire

Several Jewish organizations have expressed their disappointment in President Barack Obama’s delay on addressing immigration until after the mid-term elections in November. Speaking to the new host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd, on Sunday, the president justified breaking an earlier promise that he would reform immigration policy by executive order by the end… Read More

Star-Studded Sendoff

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The funeral for legendary Jewish comedienne Joan Rivers, who passed away Sept. 4 at the age of 81, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during routine throat surgery, was a star-studded affair indeed. “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” said her daughter, Melissa. And the tributes that were spoken at… Read More

Filmed in Baltimore

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Academy Award-nominated and three-time Emmy Award-winning director Robert Gardner releases his latest masterpiece, “Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story” to the silver screen next week on PBS. Airing Sept. 9, the Gardner Films and Unity Production Foundation docudrama shares the story of Noor Inayat Khan, a young Muslim woman who sacrificed her… Read More

Reisterstown Keeps Eye on Prize

Nearly four years after the Reisterstown Improvement Association (RIA) formed, the Northwest Baltimore County town is making headway on revitalizing its often-overlooked Main Street area. With the help of a dedicated county employee, Amy Mantay, as town manager, the Main Street Committee formed and set up Reisterstown to apply for Maryland Main Street status, which… Read More