Jewish, Arab Israeli Students Dialogue at Park School

“We came here to show the American people that in spite of the conflict between Arabs and Jews, we can still live side by side,” said Amit Tal, a student at Misgav High School in Israel and one of six Jewish and Arab Israeli students present at The Park School of Baltimore on March 31…. Read More

You Should Know… Melissa Halpern

For the last year and a half, Melissa Halpern has enjoyed her time as director of communications, marketing and social media at Chizuk Amuno Congregation, asserting herself as a key cog in its operation. In her position, Halpern, 32, handles all the brand promotion for the synagogue and its associated educational facilities — the Rosenbloom… Read More

Erasing the Stigma Beth Tfiloh hosts event to spark dialogue about addiction

Shame. Fear. Denial. Silence. Familiar territory in the life of someone struggling with addiction, as well as for family and friends. In an effort to reduce that stigma and encourage open dialogue, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Pikesville recently held an addiction education program, “Not in MY Family: Substance Abuse in the Jewish Community.”… Read More

This Canadian Model Is a Comedy Sensation in Israel

TEL AVIV — Renny Grinshpan is a Canadian Israeli with shaky Hebrew. Yet in the past several months, she has become famous in this country for her comedic commentary on Israeli culture. Millions watch her Facebook videos — and she is recognized on the street. “Renny, can I get you something?” a slightly star-struck waiter… Read More

When Politics Get in the Way of Jewish Giving

Lisa Greer didn’t think twice when she used her cellphone to donate to IfNotNow, a Jewish organization that protests Israel’s West Bank occupation. Greer and her husband, Joshua, had given millions to progressive Jewish and Israel causes, and she sits on the board of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. So last October, she… Read More

Rabbis Riff on Passover Six rabbis talk about the modern-day meaning of the holiday

Every year on Passover, Jewish communities the world over read from the Haggadah to hear the story of the Jewish people’s enslavement and to celebrate our liberation. The story doesn’t change year to year, but as local rabbis explained to the JT, its deep meaning is multifaceted, and the Passover story continues to have essential… Read More

Mayor Catherine Pugh Funds Crossing Guards as City Council Calls for Hearing

In recent months, Baltimore City Council members Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer and Mary Pat Clarke have heard, in overwhelming fashion, the concerns residents have with the decreasing numbers of crossing guards in the city. The Department of Finance has proposed to keep those numbers at the reduced levels that are in place this school year, which… Read More

Federal Suit Filed in Stevenson Chabad Case

Following two years of legal entanglements, an attorney representing a Chabad congregation that wants to build a synagogue on Stevenson Road filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland Tuesday against Baltimore County and the Baltimore County Board of Appeals. Roman Storzer, a top attorney in the Religious Land Use… Read More

After Mayoral Veto, Baltimore City Council Members Continue Fight for $15

Even after the latest push to raise Baltimore City’s minimum wage to $15 per hour was dealt a death blow on Monday via Mayor Catherine Pugh’s veto, Councilman Zeke Cohen is still waiting for a public explanation from supporters of the bill who flipped their positions in light of the veto. But Cohen (D-District 1)… Read More