JCC Honors First Responders at Annual Appreciation Day

Clad in kippot, nearly 300 Koolanu and Ami campers gathered outside the Weinberg Park Heights Jewish Community Center on July 27 to honor those who protect and serve. Betsy Gardner, neighborhood liaison for the office of City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, organized the third annual First Responder Appreciation Day in hopes of sending… Read More

Lutherville Teen Awarded Diller Tikkun Olam Award

The Helen Diller Family Foundation has awarded Jordan Yaffe, 18, of Lutherville a Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award for his ongoing program, Dunks for Diabetes. Dunks for Diabetes organizes three-on-three basketball tournaments across the country, which donate their proceeds to the American Diabetes Association. The program started in 2012 with only one tournament in Baltimore,… Read More

Suburban Orthodox Donates Golden Torah Lions to Jewish Museum

“As soon as you say, 6-foot, gold, electrified lions, I’m all in.” So was the sentiment expressed by Jewish Museum of Maryland collection manager Joanna Church when receiving the news that Suburban Orthodox Toras Chaim was offering a very special donation. Four or five years ago, the now 60-year-old synagogue on Seven Mile Lane in… Read More

Baltimore Man Crewed on Exodus 1947

In response to its July 28 cover story “The Ship that Launched a Nation,” about Jewish refugee ship Exodus 1947, the JT received emails from the family of Donald Molofsky, a Baltimorean who became a crew member when the ship was docked in Fells Point for refitting. Peter Engel, 67, of Pikesville wrote about his… Read More

When Passions Run High Sen. Ben Cardin’s anti-BDS bill spurs controversy, support

On a sweltering late July afternoon in Baltimore City, about 20 people vocally protested against a hotly debated bill — the Israel Anti-Boycott Act — which focuses on boycotts of Israel and its settlements. The demonstrators, most of whom were white, chanted “Viva, viva Palestina!” and “Free, free Palestine!” outside the Bank of America Financial… Read More

Israeli Greenhouse Project Reaches American Soil at Camp Airy and Louise

Camp-goers kicked off their July 26 afternoon at the Open Greenhouse by catching three crayfish, which they released into the Camp Airy aquaponics pond. The 8- and 9-year-olds then huddled around counselor Luke Hutkin, 23, as he instructed them on how to make sunburn cream using vegetable glycerin, aloe vera and essential oils, including peppermint,… Read More

Atara Foods: Restoring Glory to Hindquarter Meat

Yaakov Levi is fixated on working his way to the top of the food chain in Charm City. The Israeli native, who was introduced to the glatt-kosher meat industry by his father, quickly became an integral part of the family business at 8 years old. From a humble beginning, where he worked in the slaughterhouse… Read More

Jewish Camp Apologizes for Flying Palestinian Flag

A camp affiliated with the Conservative movement apologized after flying a Palestinian flag “as a sign of friendship and acceptance” to visiting Palestinian Muslim and Christian students. Camp Solomon Schechter in Washington state last week hosted members of Kids 4 Peace, including Christian and Muslim Palestinian children. In a letter sent to parents and supporters following the… Read More

New Rabbi Takes Pulpit at Pikesville Jewish Congregation

Less than a month ago, Rabbi Yechiel Shaffer uprooted his life in Manhattan to become the lead clergyman of Pikesville Jewish Congregation, a shul he describes as fast-growing and spirited. “The sky’s the limit in terms of creating something meaningful here,” Shaffer said. “It’s primarily led by a new generation that’s looking for meaning.” The… Read More

Reform Movement Slams Trump for Transgender Ban

The Reform Movement condemned President Donald Trump’s recent decision to ban transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military as discriminatory. On behalf of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, President David Stern and Chief Executive Steven A. Fox issued a statement expressing outrage with an act they deemed as an “unpatriotic slap in the… Read More