ADL’s Greenblatt Embraces Controversy, Bemoans Rancor in Community

Jonathan Greenbelt, ADL national director (JTA/Courtesy Anti-Defamation League)

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) national director Jonathan Greenblatt, coming off an inaugural year after the retirement of longtime leader Abraham Foxman, is not afraid to call the prime minister of Israel out in an international forum. The same can be said for embracing causes that, on their face, are not inherently “Jewish.” But whereas some may… Read More

Super Sunday A Success

From left: Women’s campaign chair Linda Elman, Associated board chair Linda Hurwitz and Annual Campaign chair John Shmerler (Provided)

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore kicked off its annual fundraising campaign on Sunday, Sept. 25 with its Super Sunday phonathon, which raised $1.4 million from 739 donors. The Associated’s goal is to raise $31 million during its 2017 Annual Campaign. “Super Sunday was a huge success and we are privileged to have such… Read More

Jewish Mothers Assemble to Connect with Heritage

More than 300 Jewish mothers attended the annual Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project Leadership Conference in College Park. (Daniel Schere)

The realization  of Israel’s wonders is a “life-changing experience” that has a ripple effect from generation to generation. That was the universal message heard at many points by more than 300 Jewish women from nine countries who gathered at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center earlier last week for the Jewish Women’s Renaissance… Read More

FIDF Raises $500K in Baltimore

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) held its annual gala at Beth Tfiloh Congregation on Thursday, Sept. 22. Nearly 600 attendees came  together to support the men and women of the IDF, including local, national and international leaders. The event raised more than $500,000. “It is so fulfilling and gratifying to see how beautifully… Read More

Gilchrist Unveils Expansion

Steven Fader watches Beth Tfiloh Congregation Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg hang a mezuzah at the  entrance of the new chapel. (Provided)

Gilchrist Hospice Care, the largest hospice organization in Maryland, just opened the doors to its latest expansion, which will abet its new Jewish Hospice Program. The new program has been brought to fruition with the aid of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s partnership, fundraising $4.2 million. “The new space is simply stunning —… Read More

Ian Alexander Scher: Young Light Shined Bright


Ian Alexander Scher (Yitzak Avraham) passed away in his Pikesville home, surrounded by his loving family, on Thursday, Sept. 15 at approximately  7 a.m. Ian was 13 years old. According to his mother Marci, Ian had been challenged by myriad health complications throughout the course of his  unfortunately truncated but ultimately exuberant life. Wheelchair bound… Read More

Israelis Bring Art, Diplomacy to Balkan State

Siegel specializes in painting portraits on rocks. (Courtesy of Shirley Siegel)

Kotor, Montenegro, a town in on the Adriatic coast, was the scene this month of an effort to strengthen relations between the Balkan state and Israel. In an act of cultural diplomacy, Israel’s foreign ministry teamed up with a Montenegro-based American Jewish businessman to exhibit the work of two Israeli artists — one a Jew,… Read More

Hogan in Israel: Commonality with Maryland in Cyber Security and Defense


Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan made stops last week at iconic Jerusalem sites such as Yad Vashem and the Western Wall during his weeklong trade mission to Israel. “It was just a very emotional experience to see the faces and to hear the voices of victims of the Holocaust, one of the darker chapters in history,”… Read More