Lloyd Street Synagogue Celebrates Rededication

Baltimore’s historic Lloyd Street Synagogue celebrated the 50th anniversary of the rededication of its downtown Greek Revival building. Dubbed Synagogue Night, the Nov. 6 event drew 40 community members to a presentation given by Gary Zolah, executive director of the American Jewish Archives, titled “Profiles in American Jewish Courage.” In 1959, the city made plans… Read More

Step Right Up!

At first glimpse, it looked like a Lego toy, but the robot demonstrated at last week’s Showcase of Maryland-Israel Business in Silver Spring was the same one that swept the Gaza tunnels for explosives during this summer’s war between Israel and Hamas. And like so many of Israel’s hi-tech and national security inventions, this robot… Read More

No Place Like JTown

With Thanksgiving just around the corner and the mercury dropping to below freezing on some nights, the season for outdoor playdates is dwindling. But starting Dec. 1, parents with infants and young children can breathe a sigh of relief. According to officials at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC, JTown, a new child-sized play space on… Read More

A Revelation

Given that half of the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust came from Poland, many descendants of Polish Jews may be surprised to learn about the current hospitable environment for the Jewish population of their ancestors’ country. Poland experiences far less anti-Semitism than the typical European country and is home to a burgeoning… Read More

Black Friday Watch

Somewhere between turkey and stuffing and pie and ice cream, many retailers hope you and your family find the time to shop for some televisions, tablets or toys. The ever-growing Black Friday phenomenon of price-slashing sales expanded in 2012 for the first time ever into Thanksgiving Day when Wal-Mart announced that it would be opening… Read More

ASA’s Hot-Button Issue

LOS ANGELES — Members of the American Studies Association gathered last year for their annual meeting and a vociferous debate on the wisdom of initiating an academic boycott of Israel. One year later, the debate is over, and the boycott resolution has long since passed — but the aftereffects are still being felt. Attendees at… Read More

Getting to Know Each Other

WASHINGTON — There were bagel breakfasts, a Friday night kiddush in English and Hebrew and plenty of talk about how to keep the grandkids Jewish. In some ways, the inaugural conference earlier this month of the Israeli American Council was much like other Jewish gatherings, except the Jews were Israelis and a lot of what… Read More

Synagogues Rally for Alzheimer’s Awareness

At recent Shabbat services, Baltimore-area congregations joined more than 125 churches in observance of the Purple Sabbath. It wasn’t for the Ravens, though, and instead raised Alzheimer’s awareness, purple being the signature color of the Alzheimer’s Association. Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Temple Oheb Shalom, Beth El Congregation and Temple Emanuel of Baltimore encouraged members to attend… Read More

BMA Gets Ready to Reopen Merrick Entrance

The Baltimore Museum of Art is set to reopen its grand Merrick Historic Entrance after more than 30 years and also premiere its renovated Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing on Sunday, Nov. 23.   The reinstalled wing will display approximately 850 works of American art, some of which have not been exhibited in many years,… Read More

An Israeli Ambassador

Tal Brody, star of the 1977 Israeli European championship team, visited students at Krieger Schechter Day School and Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School last week during a sweep through the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region. Nicknamed “Mr. Basketball,” Brody gave up a career in the NBA and made aliyah, eventually leading the Maccabi Tel Aviv team to… Read More