BT Seventh-Graders Tour White House with Weissman

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Nearly 60 seventh-grade students from Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School were treated to a tour of the White House’s East Wing as well as the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which is not open to the public, on Nov. 2. Chanan Weissman, a BT alumnus who was appointed as the White House’s Jewish community liaison in… Read More

ADL Reports Surge in Donations Following Election

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The Anti-Defamation League has seen a spike in donations following Donald Trump’s win in the presidential election and a spate of anti-Semitic and racist incidents around the country. The day after the election, the ADL saw a 50-fold increase in the number of online daily donations, according to Todd Gutnick, the organization’s vice president for… Read More

Rabbis on Trump: ‘We Have to Stand Up for Civil Liberties’

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Rabbi Ron Shulman, clad in a flashy suit and wearing reading glasses, took to the lectern with a folded-up piece of paper to which he rarely needed to refer. He might have forecasted the emotion that would soon accompany his words, drawing on similar sentiments the crowd shared. A little more than a minute into… Read More

Love, Acceptance: Our Neighborly Pledge

From left: Rabbi Shmuel Silber of Suburban Orthodox Congregation Toras Chaim; Rabbi Robert Tobin of Temple B’nai Shalom in West Orange, N.J.; Rabbi Gila Ruskin of Temple Adas Shalom; Rabbi Geoff Basik of Kol HaLev Synagogue; and Rabbi Steven Schwartz of Beth El Congregation, who moderated the discussion. (Photo by Gail Lipsitz)

V’ahavta l’reiacha Kamocha, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” is a basic tenet of Judaism. Nearly every Jewish child is sure to have heard the story of Hillel teaching a gentile the entire Torah as he stood on one foot. On Nov. 20, Beth El Congregation invited an interdenominational panel of rabbis to come together for… Read More

A Labor of Love Beth Israel Congregation, rabbi celebrate 'joyful' milestones

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Sixty years ago, 10 young Jewish families gathered to create their own community and place of worship and study. That was 38 years before the 1994 opening of the current $2.7 million building on Mitzvah Lane that is home to Beth Israel Congregation. What started out in the home of one of the founding members… Read More

Bernie Is Back Bernie Sanders reflects on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and lessons of 2016 Election

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“I am not a liberal, I am a progressive,” pronounced Sen. Bernie Sanders during a student-submitted Q&A conducted by Johns Hopkins University president Ronald Daniels. What became something of an open, periodically funny and altogether forthright conversation between Sanders and Daniels followed the former presidential hopeful’s hour-long speech about his recently published book, “Our Revolution:… Read More

New Howard County Sheriff Appointed

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Gov. Larry Hogan on Nov. 10 announced the appointment of William McMahon to replace Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald, whose alleged anti-Semitic, racist and misogynistic remarks and threatening behavior were detailed in a September report. McMahon, 54, a Republican, most recently served as the acting executive director of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions… Read More

County Schools to Remain Closed on Rosh Hashanah

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The Baltimore County Public School Board approved its 2017-18 academic year calendar on Nov. 9 to comply with Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order that public schools open after Labor Day. The approved calendar was the only one of the three options that complied with Hogan’s order while keeping schools closed on Rosh Hashanah. “We appreciate… Read More

Ethiopian-Born Miss Israel Tells Students: ‘Take Every Chance You Get’

Titi Aynaw, shown meeting President Barack Obama during his visit to Israel in 2013, has embraced being Jewish “100 percent.” (Photo by Avi Ohayon)

Yityish “Titi” Aynaw, an Israel advocate, television personality and the first Ethiopian-Israeli model to be crowned Miss Israel, visited two Maryland universities last week to give students a different point of view of the Jewish state — one from a woman who grew up sometimes hiding her Jewish identity in Ethiopia and who later was… Read More

Allen Named Director of Teen Organization

Signaling its continued growth and increased opportunities to support Jewish teens in 10 local communities across the United States, the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative announced that it has hired Sara Allen to serve as its first full-time director. The collaborative is comprised of 15 national and local funders committed to learning together,… Read More