Alphabet Soup

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The announcement last week that HIAS, the century-old Jewish immigrant and refugee aid organization, will relocate its headquarters from New York City to Silver Spring is just another sign that the Jewish organizational universe is changing. Once known as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the agency has responded to the end of Jewish refugee immigration… Read More

SAFE and Sound

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According to the American Association of Retired Persons, approximately 8,000 baby boomers will turn 65 years old, per day, for the next decade. AARP also reports that one in 10 healthy adults over age 60 claim some type of neglect or maltreatment — physical, psychological or emotional — and this is most likely to happen… Read More

Ahead of Her Time

Betty Waghelstein
(Submitted by Shelley Morhaim)

Glass-ceiling-shattering business woman Betty L. Waghelstein, former owner and president of Luby Chevrolet and Luby Honda, passed away Nov. 26 at Roland Park Place of complications from a broken hip. She was 89. Betty Arlene Luby was born in Denver to Sam Luby Sr., founder of Luby Chevrolet, and May Luby, a homemaker. She was… Read More

‘A Rabbi of Rabbis’

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LOS ANGELES — As a path-breaking thinker, innovator and activist, Rabbi Harold Schulweis’ role extended far beyond his base as the spiritual leader of his Los Angeles-area congregation. “Harold Schulweis was widely regarded as the most successful and influential synagogue leader in his generation, a public intellectual who redefined what it is to be a… Read More

Ulman Heads to College Park

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Former Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced Monday that he will serve as an economic development and innovation strategist for the University of Maryland, College Park. Ulman’s newly formed consulting firm, Margrave Strategies LLC, will provide a variety of economic development, planning and visioning services to institutions, businesses and organizations. Margrave’s principal initial client is… Read More

President Praises Community Efforts to Free Gross

December 17 remarks from President Barack Obama on the release of Alan Gross: “I wanted to begin with today’s wonderful news. I’m told that in Jewish tradition one of the great mitzvahs is pidyon shvuyim. My Hebrew’s not perfect. But I get points for trying. But it describes the redemption. The freeing of captives. And… Read More

Gender Gaps, Job Availability Examined

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While diversity has greatly increased at the Association for Jewish Studies — around half of the organization’s approximately 3,000 members are female and 17 percent identify with a religion other than Judaism — disparities still exist in the academic discipline. “Today women actually outnumber men among our recent Ph.D.s,” AJS president Jonathan Sarna, a professor… Read More

‘Gratitude for Every Breath’

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More than 700 people gathered Sunday night to celebrate the life and work of Rabbi Zvi Dov Slanger, who 70 years ago escaped the horrors of the Holocaust and went on to dedicate his life to the study and transmission of Torah. Born in Budapest, Slanger and his immediate family were among those Jews fortunate… Read More

Suburban Orthodox Launches $5M Capital Campaign

Growth in recent years has prompted Suburban Orthodox Congregation to launch a $5 million building campaign, the congregation’s rabbi, chairman and president announced in a Dec. 12 email to congregants. “The time has come to write the next chapter of our congregational narrative,” read the message, which was signed by Rabbi Shmuel Silber, chairman of… Read More

Baltimoreans Peddle from Jerusalem to Eilat

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For five days last month,165 people, including 17 local participants, took the scenic route through Israel — by bicycle. The cyclists were participants in the Arava Institute Hazon Israel Bike Ride and together raised more than $600,000 for the institute’s academic and environmental research programs in the Middle East and to help Hazon create sustainable… Read More