Challenging the ‘Dumping Ground’ Status Quo

Destiny Watford, a resident of the South Baltimore neighborhood of Curtis Bay, was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work in stopping the nation’s largest incinerator from being built in her neighborhood. (Goldman Environmental Prize)

Until a few months ago, Baltimore’s Curtis Bay neighborhood, a community with a history of being marginalized and displaced for industry, was set to be the future home of the country’s largest trash incinerator. While the proposal was touted as clean energy, some residents saw the plan to burn 4,000 tons of trash every day… Read More

Fed Live! A Huge Success!

More than 400 attendees enjoyed this year’s sold-out Jewish Federation of Howard County’s Fed Live! gala on June 9. The Stars & Stripes-themed event featured entertainment by The Capitol Steps and a live auction called Give for Good, where attendees could bid on and donate services the federation provides. It was also an evening of… Read More

Quarry Lake Festival Celebrates Jewish Heritage

This Sunday, June 19, the Quarry Lake Spring Festival, an annual celebration of Jewish heritage, will take place at Quarry Lake in Greenspring from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival, sponsored by Sol Levinson & Bros. and Woodholme Gardens, will feature Klezmer music, kosher food, book signings by local authors and a shofar blowing… Read More

D.C. Dems Feeling the Blues Over Primary Date

District resident Linda Benesch and her boyfriend posted this photo of themselves returning from early voting to encourage their friends to do the same. (Provided)

Voters in the District of Columbia headed to the polls this past Tuesday to conclude the presidential primary season and determine how the last 45 delegates to the Democratic National Convention will be allotted. With the final primary playing a mostly ceremonial role in the nominee selection process, there is a sense that D.C. is… Read More

JCC’s Shabbat Decision Causes Concern

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The Rosenbloom Owings Mills Jewish Community Center’s recent decision to open earlier on Saturdays has caused some concern for community members over respect for Shabbat. Beginning in the early 1990s, the facility’s outdoor pools have been open on Saturdays, and since 2009, the JCC has opened at 1 p.m. on Saturdays, but the board voted… Read More

The Glory of Gold: Reva Says Goodbye

For Reva Gold and Talmudical Academy, it’s the end of an era.  “I love this school; it’s eating me up that I’m leaving.” (Provided)

Of those honored at the Talmudical Academy’s 99th Anniversary Banquet on Sunday, June 5, no one received a reception quite as rousing as Reva Gold. As the longtime high school secretary received her Golden Anniversary Service Award for her 50 years at the school, every single one of the approximately 800 attendees of the banquet… Read More

Providing the Highest Form of Charity

Maya Forit graduated this year as a registered nurse from the Achotenu pilot program. She has been accepted to work in the surgical department of Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. (Provided)

Eleven years ago, 8,600 residents from 17 Israeli settlements that made up Gush Katif — a small sliver of land on the Gaza Strip that Israelis and Palestinians transformed from desert to fertile agricultural ground — were forcibly  removed from their homes. Gush Katif was placed intentionally as a security island of Israelis surrounded by… Read More

Israel Takes Anti-Boycott Fight to Halls of UN

The United Nations hosted an anti-BDS summit at its New York City headquarters, May 31, 2016. (Shahar Azran)

It was an incongruous sight: The U.N. General Assembly hall filled to capacity with 1,500 cheering people waving miniature Israeli flags and singing “Hatikvah,” Israel’s national anthem. No, hell hadn’t frozen over. The occasion was a one-day conference hosted by Israel’s U.N. mission devoted to fighting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against the Jewish… Read More