Another Side of the Auschwitz Nazis

“Everyone has this idea of Auschwitz that you can picture when you close your eyes,” began Rebecca Erbelding, museum archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. What most people likely imagine are images from a set of 200 photos called the Lilly Jacob album. The collection, which was discovered immediately after the end of World… Read More

When What’s Past Is Prologue Jewish Museum of Maryland exhibit looks at the Holocaust from new angles

Arbeit macht free — work sets you free. That simple phrase is the now-chilling epitaph that greets visitors at the entrance to concentration camps — most notoriously, Auschwitz. Auschwitz is one of the most well-known symbols of the Nazis’ horrifying ideology — “The Final Solution” to the “Jewish Question.” Before it was liberated by the… Read More

End-of-Life Bill Withdrawn in Md. General Assembly

A bill that would have allowed terminally ill patients in Maryland to legally end their lives failed to garner enough support from state lawmakers to advance in the General Assembly. On March 3, Del. Shane Pendergrass (D-District 13) and Sen. Guy Guzzone (D-District 13), both from Howard County, pulled the Richard E. Israel and Roger… Read More

Bolton Street Names New Rabbi

Rabbi Andy Gordon feels that he has found the proper spiritual home at Bolton Street Synagogue. “I loved Bolton Street Synagogue, the warmth and inclusivity and intimacy that they showed, both in their application and when I visited,” he said. “It just seemed like the right fit — I was the right rabbi for them,… Read More

King David Takes Baltimore’s Goliaths to YouTube

David and Evan Polsky have taken to YouTube to introduce the community to some of the biggest names in Baltimore. Since October, the Reisterstown siblings have been interviewing local celebrities on their YouTube channel, “King David,” as a way to share their love of fun, games and professional sports. David, 11, conducts interviews and plays… Read More

Weinberg Foundation Gives Grant to Ronald McDonald House

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation awarded the Ronald McDonald House Charities Baltimore it a $5 million grant last month. The House Charities provide a home away from home for the families of children being treated at a number of local hospitals. The grant will go towards a $30 million capital campaign dedicated to breaking ground… Read More

BJC Awards Glen Burnie School for Holocaust Education

Monarch Academy Public Charter School in Glen Burnie was chosen Tuesday to be this year’s recipient for the Baltimore Jewish Council’s Ponczak-Greenblatt Families’ Award for Excellent in Holocaust Education. The award is presented by the council’s Holocaust Remembrance Commission, who chose Monarch’s eighth-grade teachers to honor for their work teaching students about the realities of… Read More

Pesner Named to NAACP Board

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), on Feb. 28 was named to the national board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP). Under Pesner, the RAC and NAACP will continue a joint effort to fight for the fundamental rights of Jews and African-Americans,… Read More

At Least 7 JCCs Receive Bomb Threats on Purim

At least seven Jewish community centers in the United States and Canada received bomb threats while they were hosting Purim events. The threats, either called in or emailed, were reported Sunday at JCCs in Rochester, New York; Chicago; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Cleveland; Houston; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Most of the JCCs were evacuated and searched. None… Read More

Baltimore Teen Elected International BBG President

Baltimore’s Rebecca Sereboff was voted international N’siah (president) of B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG), the sorority component the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, at the BBYO’s International Convention in Dallas last month. Rebecca, 17, is a lifelong Reisterstown resident and a member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation. She attended Krieger Schechter Day School from kindergarten through eighth grade… Read More