‘Seeds of Love’

Shirley J. Shafran (Jerri to all who know and love her) has relinquished the reins as  Congregation Kneseth Israel’s  pre-school director. Jerri is known for her laughter and giving hugs. She is as beloved by her staff as she is by the children. Her caring, friendship and boundless love for the children is evident by… Read More

New Playground Fosters Common Ground for Community

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About a year ago, it was determined that the playground structures that serve Chizuk Amuno Congregation and its surrounding schools were rotting and beyond repair, and it was time for an overhaul. The obvious next step was to purchase new equipment and have it installed — as was­ declared during a Chizuk Amuno executive board… Read More

Gourmet and Kosher: It Can Happen

(©istockphoto.com/Alex Gumerov)

In honor of this year’s dedicated volunteers — Henry and Fran Reitberger and Dr. Michael and Ora Noorani — and in celebration of delicious kosher food available locally, Ner Tamid is hosting “an evening of culinary delights,” The New Taste of Kosher Baltimore, on Monday May 30 at 7 p.m. The menu creations come from… Read More

BT Students Place First, Second in National Bible Contest

Caleb Gitlitz came in first place in the English division. (Photos provided)

Two seventh-graders from Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School took top honors at Chidon Ha-Tanach, the U.S. National Bible Contest for Jewish Youth. Caleb Gitlitz and Ryan Joseph came in first and second place, respectively, in the English division at the contest. Gitlitz will compete in the international competition in Israel next year. The contest, in… Read More

Modern-Day Moses Dr. Bessie Moses opened Baltimore’s first birth control clinic and shaped a movement

Dr. Bessie Moses opened the first birth control clinic in Baltimore almost 90 years ago, which later became Planned Parenthood of Maryland. (Planned Parenthood Collection, University of Baltimore Langsdale Library Special Collections)

In 1926, 46 years before the right to contraception would be federally recognized for all (both married and unmarried) and 90 years before Maryland would pass the most comprehensive contraception coverage expansion in the country, Dr. Bessie Moses — the Baltimore Jewish doctor who would become a birth control pioneer — was quietly incorporating Baltimore’s… Read More

The Shidduch Detective: On the Trail for Down the Aisle

David J. Cohen

Though he stands an imposing 6 feet, 4 inches, astonishingly, there is something very unassuming about David J. Cohen’s presence. Perhaps it’s this combination, with his boyish grin and understated manner, that plays to his benefit, because for the past 20 years he’s surreptitiously, yet doggedly, investigated, conducted surveillance and performed background checks for high-profile,… Read More

Celebrating Israeli Independence

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Organizations around the region celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, in a variety of ways. At Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 250 adults and children celebrated by participating in Israeli dancing (top right), engaging in various arts and crafts (center left) and learning about “Aladdin,” the resident camel for the day. In Howard County (center right), Rabbi… Read More

Kids’ Soccer Leagues Aim to Bridge Israel’s Religious Divide

Members of the Tzav Pius team for 13-year-olds sing the team anthem following a practice.
(Ben Sales)

PARDES HANNA, Israel — When Yoel decided, at age 8, to begin observing Shabbat, there was one problem: It meant he couldn’t join most of Israel’s youth soccer teams, which played games on Saturday. Yoel, now 12, has always lived in the increasingly large gray area between Israel’s starkly divided religious and secular Jewish societies…. Read More