The Transformation of Pikesville High School already reaping benefits of renovations as construction continues

John Boelker, superintendent with Oak Contracting, walks through the construction of what will become Pikesville High School’s new front entrance. (Mark Shapiro)

On a recent Tuesday afternoon, new Pikesville High School principal Sandra Reid led a group of county and state officials and PTSA representatives through some brand-new parts of the school. The hallways were bright from natural light, the computers and technology in classrooms were new, and there was excitement and hope in the air. “I… Read More

Wayne Stephen Young, Killer of 11-Year-Old Girl, Dead at 70

The man who was found guilty in the 1969 killing of 11-year-old Esther Lebowitz, Wayne Stephen Young, died on Dec. 21. Young, who was 70, died of heart failure at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said Gerry Shields, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. He was being held at the Jessup Correctional… Read More

Forensic Necessities Increase in crime-lab staff is music to the ears of many in Northwest Baltimore

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The announcement on Dec. 7 by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake that her administration would be spending almost $347,000 to hire 10 additional staff members to the police department’s crime lab is being praised by a number of concerned Jews in the city’s Northwestern District. The increased spending on forensic resources is the first in four decades,… Read More

Counterattack Influential academics tackle boycott movement on college campuses

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Alarmed by what they called “Orwellian efforts” by the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement to link Israel with a multitude of free-speech issues roiling college campuses across the United States, a group of influential academics launched the Academic Engagement Network. Led by Mark G. Yudof, president emeritus of the University of California System, and… Read More

All In on Climate Jewish organizations back Paris pact

COEJL Manager Liya Rechtman (center) leads an interfaith prayer service in the Green Zone of the COP21 climate summit in Paris. (Photo provided)

The organized American Jewish community reacted positively to the Paris climate agreement signed this month by almost 200 nations. The Dec. 12 accord aims to significantly curb carbon emissions in order to avert dangerous climate change, but those elements of the community backing the agreement say the deal is only the beginning and that Jewish… Read More

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