Temple Emanuel May Become Part of Baltimore Hebrew Synagogues discussing BHC absorbing Temple Emanuel members

Temple Emanuel Rabbi/Cantor Rhoda Silverman elected not to renew her contract, which expires on June 30, 2016.

One of Baltimore’s Reform congregations may absorb another as Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and Temple Emanuel are in talks about Temple Emanuel becoming part of BHC. While nothing is finalized yet, Temple Emanuel president David Beller said that Rabbi/Cantor Rhoda Silverman elected not to renew her contract, which expires on June 30, 2016. “We have concluded… Read More

Goldberg Joins Myerberg

The Edward A. Myerberg Center appointed Elliott Goldberg as its development director, announced the center’s executive director Gail Zuskin. Goldberg will coordinate fundraising activities for the Myerberg Center, including the center’s annual campaign. “Elliott’s enthusiasm and experience will play a vital role in the Myerberg’s efforts to provide essential programming to adults 55 and older… Read More

Rabbi Ari Israel Appointed to ACHARAI Fellows Program

Rabbi Ari Israel has been appointed to the Judaic Faculty position for the ACHARAI Fellows Program (AFP), the flagship offering of ACHARAI: The Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Development Institute. As the newly appointed Judaic Educator, Rabbi Israel will have primary responsibility for developing the Jewish text and discussion portions of the curriculum. Together with his… Read More

NKF-MD Earns Four Stars

The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland’s fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned the non-profit its first four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Charity Navigator uses objective, data-driven analysis to provide essential information needed to give donors greater confidence in their charitable selections. “Out of the thousands… Read More

BJC Names New Executive Director Howard Libit to take position in May

Howard Libit (Photo by Marc Shapiro)

The Baltimore Jewish Council named Howard Libit its next executive director on Thursday, Dec. 17. Libit is currently the treasurer of the BJC and the public affairs chief and director of strategic planning and policy at the office of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The BJC voted unanimously for Libit to succeed executive director Art Abramson at… Read More

District 11 Team Endorses Van Hollen for Senate

Maryland’s District 11 team of Sen. Bobby Zirkin and Delegates Shelly Hettleman, Dan Morhaim and Dana Stein has announced its endorsement of Congressman Chris Van Hollen for U.S. Senate. Van Hollen, a Montgomery County Democrat, faces Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Prince George’s County in the Democratic primary race to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who… Read More

Leading Through Action Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, brings its winter leadership summit to Baltimore

Residents of Peregrine’s Landing at Tudor Heights joined members of Yachad, the National Jewish Council for  Disabilities, for a challah bake on Dec. 20. The event concluded Yachad’s weekend-long leadership summit. (Daniel Schere)

About 45 teenagers and young adults with special needs from around the country arrived in Baltimore last weekend for a leadership summit and Shabbaton with Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities. The group participated in a combination of training sessions and volunteering opportunities, which concluded  Sunday with a challah bake between participants and residents… Read More

Confronting Racism, Oppression Event hosted by JUFJ, BJC addresses issues of racial injustice, privilege

The Baltimore Jewish Council and Jews United for Justice hosted “Lighting a Fire for Racial Justice” in which participants discussed racism, oppression  and privilege.  (Marc Shapiro)

On the second night of Chanukah, about 40 people gathered in the  community room of the Park Heights JCC. While prayers were sung and menorahs were lit, the occasion was not to celebrate Chanukah, but to use the holiday to address and understand racism and oppression. “During Chanukah, we’re encouraged to place a menorah in… Read More

Baltimore Families Reconnect to N.J. Shul Effort to revitalize Torahs leads man on a sacred journey

These atzei chaim, Torah rollers, were dedicated to Samuel Kossman, who has a grandson in Baltimore. (Provided)

On some Shabbats, Fair Lawn, N.J., resident Jerry Schranz goes on a three-mile walk to Paterson, which was once a very Jewish area. There, he and  a few others hold a minyan in the basement of  independent-living facility Federation Apartments. With the two Torahs that belong to the synagogue — known as the Paterson Shul… Read More

Community Calendar Conundrum HoCo Jewish community fights to keep schools closed on High Holy Days

President of the Howard County Board of Rabbis, Rabbi Susan Grossman, testifies at the board of education meeting. (Marc Shapiro)

Members of the Howard County Jewish community were out in force at a board of education meeting that addressed a possible change in the public school system’s calendar on Dec. 17. The change, concerning whether or not schools should remain open on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, presented two options. One maintains the current calendar,… Read More