Picnic Time

An expanding BBYO held its first-ever Howard County family picnic and parent information session. The afternoon gathering on Sunday, Sept. 14 brought together members of the Jewish youth organization’s area chapters, their parents, friends and communal leaders to Centennial Park in Ellicott City. According to Jonah Potasznik, BBYO’s regional director in Howard County, the event… Read More

JFHC’s Pre-Rosh Hashanah Celebration Is ‘Huge Success’

A family event sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Howard County brought almost 80 children, parents and grandparents to the National Trolley Museum in Colesville for a pre-Rosh Hashanah celebration of Jewish literacy. Dressed in costume, Rabbi Deborah Bodin Cohen read from her book “Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride” for the Sunday, Sept…. Read More

JEA Celebrates 105 Years

The Jewish Educational Alliance celebrated its 105th year with a reunion at Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Congregation on Sunday. WMAR’s “Square Off” host Richard Sher hosted the evening, which saw the induction of WJZ-TV reporter Ron Matz into the JEA’s Hall of Fame. The group has a long history in Baltimore dating to the early… Read More

County GOP Passes Pro-Israel Resolution

The Baltimore County Republican Central Committee unanimously passed a resolution in support of Israel’s self-defense on Sept. 8. “The Central Committee is effectively the face of the Republican party for the county,” said Rudy Stoler, the primary author of the resolution and a county council candidate for District 2. “We wanted a way to connect… Read More

Polarized Polling

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Agudath Israel of America, a national organization that promotes the ideals of Orthodox Judaism, recently disseminated a notice urging citizens in the town of Ramapo, N.Y. — home to the heavily Jewish hamlet of Monsey — to vote against today’s referendum on political districting. The measure would reshape the town’s voting districts away from a… Read More

Controversy Up North

Photos: Interior and exterior shots of the $351 million Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg. (Photos Flickr)

TORONTO — On the fourth floor of the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights, visitors will find a gallery called “Examining the Holocaust,” which is devoted entirely to the story and lessons of the Shoah. On the same floor, in a smaller, adjacent space, a gallery called “Breaking the Silence” examines a cluster of five… Read More

Nowhere to hide

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The Maryland Institute College of Art celebrated Constitution Day last week with a symposium headlined by 1970s-era whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and a diverse panel of other guests. Described in his instruction as “the first person in America to be arrested for leaking top-secret documents,” Ellsberg was responsible for the release of “The Pentagon Papers” and… Read More

GOP Hopeful Campaigns in Pikesville

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan made the rounds of local businesses last week in Pikesville, but he started the day with an appearance at the Baltimore Jewish Council’s board meeting.   “He talked about his general campaign themes and his background,” said Arthur Abramson, executive director of the BJC. “He said the election is a… Read More

The Day After

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When the 15 Baltimoreans who attended a mission to Israel last week initially signed up for the trip, they had no idea what they were getting themselves into. “It seemed like the right thing to do,” said Ira Malis, who, along with the rest of his fellow travelers, signed up for The Day After mission… Read More

Experts for Hire

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Many think tanks, those collections of scholars who issue reams of reports and whose members help shape public opinion and government policy, take pride in being independent research organizations whose academics and former officials do rigorous, unbiased work. But thanks to revelations that some of the most widely known of such groups, including the Brookings… Read More