Groups Push for BWI-Israel Flights


There are roughly 350,000 Jews living within the Greater Washington and Baltimore regions, and within that number are many business leaders, politicians and diplomats who travel to Israel multiple times per year. With this in mind, Jewish community leaders have taken steps to bring a nonstop flight from Baltimore-Washington International Airport to Ben-Gurion International Airport… Read More

Howard County Federation Director Resigns

Michelle Ostroff has resigned from her position as executive director of the Jewish Federation of Howard County, according to an email distributed to the community Friday morning. Ostroff will officially step down at the end of July. “This decision was made so that I can spend more time with my family, as the demands of… Read More

County Opens Final Owings Mills Boulevard Extension

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz (holding scissors) marks the opening of a new 1.2-mile section of Owings Mills Boulevard. (Photo provided)

Baltimore County officially opened the final extension of Owings Mills Boulevard on Thursday, June 16, completing the long-awaited connection between Owings Mills and the Liberty Road corridor. In his speech at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kam-enetz said, “If you think about it, life is really about connections — your family, your friends,… Read More

Orlando Shooting Brings UMD Students Out of the Closet

Zev Shields

Chaim Kalish was celebrating the Shavuot holiday when Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 patrons at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. It took the 24-year-old student at the University of Maryland at College Park only 15 minutes after the holiday ended to post a defiant response on Facebook: “I have a very BIG… Read More

Studying Abroad May Be Rewarding, But Is It Cheaper?


With the cost of college tuition rising faster than the rate of inflation, Shlomo Lifshitz says he knows the solution: study abroad. Specifically, study using the services of Lifshitz’s Lirom Global Education, founded to encourage study in Israel. “More and more people cannot afford to pay the cost of tuition, which I think is ridiculous,”… Read More

Kidney Foundation Takes Fundraiser to New Heights


In a world with constant warnings about bizarre health risks such as the Zika virus and Ebola, some of the most common and dangerous ailments can be overlooked. One such ailment is kidney disease, the ninth-leading cause of death in the United States. More people die from kidney disease than from breast cancer, prostate cancer… Read More

Reform in the Crosshairs Gun violence spurs call for state, federal action


Faith leaders, policymakers and experts in the greater Baltimore and Washington regions are refusing to stay silent more than one week after the largest mass shooting in recent history. Whether or not Congress passes legislation this week restricting known terrorists from purchasing guns, the prevailing view among most Jews is that some form of restriction… Read More

New Plans for Protracted Mideast Conflict Surface


Nearly 50 years after Israel gained control of the West Bank in the Six Day War, a nonpartisan movement of former Israeli senior security officials has joined with two American organizations to warn against the continuing presence of Israeli forces on land that Palestinians claim for a future state. “The status quo is an illusion,… Read More

Har Sinai Lifelong Learning Program Is a Hit


A new program offered at Har Sinai Congregation has attracted a loyal following among community members interested in continuing their education. The program is called SPICE, which stands for “Social Interaction, Personal Growth, Intellectual Development, Cultural Stimulation and Educational Enrichment,” and it targets older adults who are interested in taking courses on a variety of… Read More

Dershowitz: ‘There is No Such Thing as a BDS Movement’

Alan Dershowitz said that by his calculation, Israel should be 196th in line for a boycott.(Jared Feldschreiber)

Alan Dershowitz was in the mood to prosecute. The accused: the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. “The goal of the BDS movement is to miseducate a  generation of future leaders by lying to them,” he said in an interview last week, “by demonizing, delegitimizing, discriminating against and applying a double standard to the… Read More