All for One
New York’s Jews respond to Garner decision

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For some in New York City’s Jewish community, the announcement that a grand jury would not indict the police officer implicated in the death of an unarmed Staten Island man in broad daylight struck such a cord that some were willing to risk arrest in protest. “I do believe we have a big contribution to… Read More

France Will Pay Reparations

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After years of debate and numerous lawsuits, French officials announced late last week that the country has agreed to establish a $60 million fund that will be used to compensate thousands of Holocaust victims and their families. Victims eligible for compensation are those deported from France during the Holocaust and ineligible for the country’s previously… Read More

Reconstructing Beit Tikvah
Congregation installs Pinsker as rabbi

It has been just over a year since Rabbi Larry Pinsker joined Congregation Beit Tikvah as its spiritual leader. But on Nov. 22, the Reconstructionist synagogue, which turns 30 next year, officially celebrated the rabbi’s installation. “It has been an exciting period of assessment and revitalization,” said Pinsker, a 68-year-old Chicago native who previously led… Read More

USCJ Announces Inaugural Winner of Cardin Award

When the number of young families at Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill, Mass., was on the decline, Dr. Jessica Katz Poscover and the Family and Youth Engagement Committee she co-chairs got to work personally welcoming young families to the community. For her efforts, Poscover was awarded the inaugural Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Award of… Read More

Four Jewish Organizations Among Baltimore’s Top 100 Workplaces

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School and Congregation, Jewish Community Services, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc. have been named as “Top Workplaces” in 2014 by The Baltimore Sun.   The daily newspaper recognizes 100 companies each year with information drawn from employee surveys and bases its results on… Read More

Ulman Plots Next Move

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Nearly two weeks after his eight-year term as Howard County executive came to an end, Ken Ulman is waiting to announce what his next move will be. “One way or another I will be very involved in making a positive difference in the state of Maryland,” he said. “I hope to focus on innovation, the… Read More

Brewing Bromance: Men Learn to Open Up on Israel Mission

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You’re a middle-aged guy. You’re established in your career. Got a great wife, beautiful kids. But none of your friendships nowadays are anywhere as deep or profound as the ones you had in school. Last month, about 100 men tried to rekindle that old bromance during a week in Israel. Far from career and family,… Read More

Jews United for Justice Comes to Baltimore

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Molly Amster found her dream job at Jews United for Justice. Whether it was working on a sheep dairy in Wisconsin and teaching schoolchildren about where their food comes from, working at Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc. (CHAI) and bringing together African-American and Orthodox girls to talk about identity or planning BBYO conventions in high school,… Read More

Zirkin Will Lead JRC

State Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-District 11) moved up the ranks of the Maryland General Assembly last week.   Zirkin, who represents the Owings Mills and Reisterstown area of Baltimore County, will replace Attorney General-elect Brian Frost as chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, Senate President Mike Miller (D-District 27) announced on Dec. 3. The… Read More

Ner Tamid Offers Jewish Culture with a Twist

Several years ago, Ner Tamid and Rabbi Yisrael Motzen began to offer monthly programming to new families that resulted in a healthy growth of the synagogue’s community, though not everyone was satisfied. “The rabbis started to hear, ‘What about us? We’re not so interested in magic shows and reptiles anymore,’” from the parents of the… Read More