DFI Honors Jewish Professionals

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The Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development at the Weinberg Center (DFI) announced its 2016 award winners on Monday. The Outstanding Jewish Communal Professional Award winner is Chana Siff, assistant director of Israel and overseas at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore; the Daniel Thursz Distinguished Jewish Communal Service Award winner is Cindy… Read More

Jewish Voters on Fence About Trump

Donald Trump waves to the crowd at a campaign rally in Dallas.

Jewish Republican voters this election season are vexing over who to support in the primary, with many reluctant to support businessman and current frontrunner Donald Trump. Trump’s nontraditional approach to campaigning and divisive rhetoric have put them on edge, but Jewish GOP members still say he would be a better president than former secretary of… Read More

Chinese Women Make Aliyah from Kaifeng

From left: Li Yuan, Yue Ting, Gao Yichen, Li Jing and Li Chengjin

For the first time in seven years, members of the Chinese Jewish community in Kaifeng made aliyah with help from the Jerusalem-based nonprofit Shasvei Israel on Feb. 29. “Kaifeng’s Jewish descendants are a living link between China and the Jewish people,” said Michael Freund, chairman of Shasvei Israel. “After centuries of assimilation, a growing number… Read More

Temple Isaiah Embraces Folk Music Roots

Cheryl Wheeler’s approach to performing is to “talk to people, sing and have a good time.” (Gwendolyn Cates)

When people think of Jewish music, folk music isn’t typically the first genre that comes to mind, but Temple Isaiah will become a folk music epicenter on March 12 when it welcomes Cheryl Wheeler in concert with Victoria Vox opening the show. “The purists thought it wasn’t folk music if it didn’t have a [history… Read More

A Living Story of Gypsy Survival Family’s Holocaust experiences strike lasting chord with guitarist Lulo Reinhardt

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It’s truly miraculous that Lulo Reinhardt is here to tell his family’s story and carry on its musical traditions. The Reinhardts — gypsies from India who settled in Germany 600 years ago — survived Buchenwald, Auschwitz and death marches. Some were inside, and moments from entering, the gas chambers when Auschwitz was liberated. Reinhardt, the… Read More

ICJS Adds Islam to ‘Enrich’ Its Mission

The Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies is adding one more worldwide religion to its interfaith mission —Islam. The nonprofit will now become the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies, although the acronym, ICJS, will stay the same. With a worldwide Syrian refugee crisis that has prompted controversial statements from presidential candidates, there is… Read More

Health Care Professionals Pack Medical Cannabis Brunch

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Doctors, dentists, surgeons and a variety of other health care providers came out in large numbers to learn about Maryland’s medical cannabis program on Sunday, Feb. 21. More than 100 health professionals attended the Maimonides Society brunch at the Suburban Country Club to hear Del. Dan Morhaim, who is also an emergency medicine physician, and… Read More

Meet the Guys Helping Israeli Entrepreneurs Make It Big in the Big Apple

Arie Abecassis (left) and Eyal Bino are co-founders of ICONYC Labs, 
an "accelerator program" that helps launch Israeli startups in New York.

NEW YORK — The hoodie-clad millennials tap furiously at their laptops. They’re perched on colorful couches, or sitting at long, communal tables, munching on Fruit Loops from the built-in dispenser in the open, subway-tiled kitchen. In other words, AlleyNYC is your typical co-working space. There are plenty of international workers here, yet the space is… Read More

Dates Set for New Stevenson Chabad Hearings

The Baltimore County Board of Appeals will hear the case of a Chabad synagogue proposed for Stevenson Road in May. After a split decision in the Baltimore County Administrative Law case, both sides appealed Judge John Beverungen’s order that said the proposed synagogue meets some zoning requirements but possibly violates others. Rabbi Velvel Belinsky hopes… Read More

Jewish Maryland to Join in Shabbat Across America

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The celebration of Shabbat is one of, if not the most important ritual observances in Judaism, and on March 4, thousands of synagogues across North America will welcome their respective communities to join together to celebrate and learn about the Jewish tradition during Shabbat Across America and Canada. “Shabbat Across America and Canada allows Jews… Read More