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

Rock the Block

The threat of rain didn’t stop more than 3,000 people from attending the JCC’s third annual Community Block Party. Although the party was moved inside the Owings Mills JCC, attendees interacted with about 80 partners and sponsors and about 25 vendors selling everything from food to wares to jewelry and art, spread out from the… Read More

Clash of Countries, Mix of Cultures

Lyubov Ostrovska and Vitaly Kroner (Photo by Justin Katz)

Lyubov Ostrovska and Vitaly Kroner have shaped their careers based on the needs of the societies in which they’ve lived. Ostrovska has worked as a biologist in both an academic and research-based environment, developing a method for cancer treatment. Kroner was an electrical engineer for nearly two decades before purchasing a tax office in 2007…. Read More