10-Year-Old Kickstarts the Death Star Synagogue Lego

An enterprising elementary school student, Chanan Finkelstein, has taken to the popular crowd-funding website Kickstarter with a new, custom-made Jewish Lego toy — the Brickovicker Rebbe, the first of a new sect of Lego Chasidim. Chanan, 10, a fourth-grader at Ohr Chadash Academy of Baltimore started the project because wanted the Lego Death Star. At… Read More

Out and Devout: Panel of Faith Leaders Addresses LGBTQ Community

On Sunday, leaders from four faiths — Judaism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity — met to talk about their relationships, but not with each other. The Human Rights Campaign and Brown Memorial’s Tiffany Series co-hosted a panel discussion on “Faith Matters: Religion and the LGBTQ Community in Fractious Times.” Del. Mary Washington (D-District 43), who is… Read More

Beth Israel Tribute: Longtime Cantor Roger Eisenberg to be Honored with Concert

In between the festive Hebrew music and dancing, elegant dinner and warm tributes, Roger Eisenberg will be sure to take in the moment with his congregational family. As the longest-serving cantor of Beth Israel Congregation, Eisenberg estimates he has prepared more than 1,000 young people for their bar and bat mitzvahs, officiated dozens of wedding… Read More

The Marrying Kind in Jewish Maryland

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match. From arranged marriages to modern same-sex marriages, the Jewish wedding has evolved over the years, but still with many of its traditions intact. It’s that evolution that is at the center of an upcoming Jewish Museum of Maryland exhibit — and its curator wants the help of the community…. Read More

AIPAC Gets Back to Basics Pro-Israel lobby features diversity of voices, bipartisanship

For the 18,000 Israel supporters who came to Washington, D.C., this week, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference was like a family reunion or a gathering of old friends, where everyone sticks to comfortable topics and tries to avoid provoking barely concealed disagreements. After years of growing affinity to Republicans in Congress… Read More

Sol Goldstein: Generous Advocate, Buchenwald Liberator

Sol Goldstein lived a long, impressive life, finding his passion in helping people in ways both big and small — stopping for coffee with his driver or traveling to Ethiopia numerous times to help free Jewish refugees. The World War II vet, who was among those to liberate the Buchenwald concentration camp, died March 16,… Read More

The Faces of Israel’s Ambassadors

Israel is one of the most diverse nations in the world even with a population of just 8.3 million people. As the Jewish state and home to an innumerable amount of relics sacred to Muslims, Christians and Jews alike, Israel has always drawn pilgrims and immigrants from around the world. However, in a time when… Read More

Seders for Seniors

Post retirement, it is important for people to stay engaged with activities and organizations. Even those who are unable to live independently still want to celebrate milestones and holidays, including Passover. And with Passover fast approaching, area senior living facilities with Jewish populations are preparing for the holiday. Sherrie Polsky, director of community life at… Read More

Mayor Catherine Pugh’s Veto May Kill Baltimore Minimum Wage Bill

The fate of Baltimore’s lowest-paid workers is in doubt after Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh announced on March 24 that she will veto a bill to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022. Her veto likely kills the bill, as at least one council member who voted for the bill said he… Read More

Israel’s Baseball Team Succeeds with Help from Jewish Baltimore

On any given day, Yoni Rosenblatt can be found at his Fells Point office working with Orioles and Ravens players or several top local college and prep school teams. As owner of True Sports Physical Therapy, Rosenblatt, 35, has for the last three years created a niche in which he feels there is little or… Read More