Towson Teen Poet Honored at White House

Michelle Obama joins national student poets (from left) Maya Salameh, Joey Reisberg, Gopal Raman, Maya Eashwaran and Stella Binion in the State Dining Room of the White House. (Kevin Wolf/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, PRNewsFoto)

Earlier this month, five students, including Towson resident and Krieger Schechter Day School graduate Joey Reisberg, were honored for their poetry by first lady Michelle Obama in  a White House ceremony. Launched in 2011, the National Student Poets Program recognizes five poets in grades 10 and 11 each year. It is the  nation’s highest honor… Read More

Jew Hear the One About the Kosher Doctor?

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One invaluable contribution Jews have bestowed upon the American experience is the nation’s modern sense of humor. There’s not a single contemporary joke that has been or can be told in this country that does not have some direct provenance in vaudeville, the Borscht Belt/Catskills circuit or the incunabula of Hollywood/television/radio, which Jews dominated back… Read More

Obama’s $38B Aid Package to Israel Comes with Caveats: It’s Generous, But On His Terms

Jacob Nagel, Israel’s acting national security adviser, signs a Memorandum of Understanding for $38 billion of U.S. defense  

assistance over 10 years with Undersecretary of State Tom Shannon. (Embassy of Israel)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s near parting gift to Israel, a guarantee of $38 billion in defense assistance over a decade, distills into a single document what he’s been saying throughout eight fraught years: I have your back, but on my terms. The agreement signed Sept. 14 in the State Department’s Treaty Room increases assistance… Read More

Oregon Ridge Expands Amid Environmental Movement

The Oregon Ridge Nature Center in Cockeysville recently opened a $190,000 nature pavilion intended to help expand its recreational space and nature programming. Oregon Ridge is one of Baltimore County’s most popular parks with 330,000 people visiting every year to enjoy hiking trails, pavilions, outdoor sports, concerts and environmental programs such as animal  encounters, summer… Read More

BHC Brotherhood Celebrates 98th Year

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More than 250 people filled Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Sunday night to hear HaZamir Baltimore sing a set of Jewish songs. Performing for the first time this season, HaZamir Baltimore, one of 31 international Jewish high school-affiliated choirs across the United States and  Israel, headlined the opening dinner of the BHC Brotherhood’s 98th year. Sidney Bravmann,… Read More

Former Employee Gifts $2M to Loyola

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Loyola University Maryland on Sept. 14 announced a $2 million gift plan from a former employee to create endowed scholarships in education and the sciences for undergraduate and graduate students. The gift was bequeathed by Mary Hyman, who retired in August after 26 years as coordinator of science education programs and the Institute for Child… Read More

You Should Know … Gal Massalton

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Gal Massalton is an Israeli native who is working in Baltimore as the  Israel shlichah (emissary) for the Baltimore Zionist District (BZD). Originally from Rehovot, Massalton, 32, took a gap year  before joining the army to volunteer locally with the Israeli scouts. She served in the Israel Defense Forces as a captain for seven years,… Read More

Baltimore Jazz Alliance Bops into First-Ever Festival

Baltimore  native Clarence Ward III  will be performing. (Dubscience Photography courtesy of Baltimore Jazz Alliance)

Those who fear there’s been a dismal downbeat in the Baltimore jazz scene have something to swing about. The Baltimore Jazz Alliance is tuning up for its family-friendly and free jazz festival, which takes the stage on Oct. 1 at Druid Hill Park. The BJA Jazz Festival is ostensibly the first local musical showcase focusing… Read More

Alternative Worship Chavurot provide another means of Jewish connection

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Synagogues in greater Baltimore and all over the world will be packed with crowds for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in the coming weeks. For some, the High Holy Days kick off another Jewish year in which Shabbat will be observed, holidays will be celebrated, and life will flow according to the Jewish calendar…. Read More

Pikesville High Is Now a Cut Above

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At 9:37 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, the 1-foot-tall, stage-length purple ribbon representing the team color of Pikesville High School was cut by ceremonially gigantic scissors (also purple rimmed), commemorating the completion of the school’s two-year, $50 million  series of renovations. What followed was an immediate groundswell of thundering applause from the 300 audience members… Read More