Why Israelis are ditching Turkey for Georgia

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TBILISI, Georgia — Rabbi Rakhmim Murdukhashvili had come to think of a crowded synagogue as a distant childhood memory. In 1979, the year he was born, the Jewish population of Georgia was more than 28,000. But during his lifetime the Jewish population has dwindled to just 4,000 as the republic coped with war and instability… Read More

Serving the Region Jews from three states, Washington, D.C., team up during month of service

Preschoolers from the JCC help decorate a sukkah at Weinberg Park Assisted Living.
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For the fourth consecutive year, volunteers from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., are participating in a number of service projects as part of the Governor’s Day to Serve. Among the Baltimore contribution is a concerted effort by Jewish Volunteer Connection, including activities that range from a month-long food drive at the Park Heights… Read More

‘Women of Power’ Concert Artists of Baltimore opens Maestro Series at Gordon Center with eclectic lineup

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Entering his 29th year as founder and artistic director of Concert Artists of Baltimore, Maestro Edward Polochick has assembled a delicious, eclectic musical evening for the first concert of the Maestro Series on Oct. 3 at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts. Polochick promises the audience will leave the concert “feeling like their souls have… Read More

Dreaming Big Local teen looking to teach peers about finance

Tal Boger, 14, is crowdfunding the money necessary to publish a book aimed at kids to teach the basics of investing.
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Most parents can expect their teenagers to spend their birthday money on video games or going out with friends. But Tal Boger, 14 and a recent graduate of Krieger Schechter Day School, is not a typical teenager. “I bought my first mutual fund when I was 7 and my first stock when I was 9,”… Read More

Lauren Chornock Gluck will be 2015 Friedman Fellow

Gaithersburg resident Lauren Chornock Gluck, regional director of logistics and Baltimore Day School coordinator for the Atlantic Seaboard Region of the Orthodox Union’s international youth program NCSY, was accepted into the 2015 Friedman Fellowship Program at the Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development at the Weinberg Center in Baltimore. “I am honored to be… Read More

Law Enforcement Lounge Opens in Pikesville

Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum at his newly opened law enforcment lounge 
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Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum, director of the Jewish Uniformed Services Association, opened a law enforcement lounge in the Pikesville Plaza building at the corner of Reisterstown Road and Slade Avenue to welcome officers during their time off. “The law enforcement member could come in between shifts or when they needed some down time,” said Tenebaum, who… Read More

BJC’s Future in Hands of Next Director Within nine months, the Baltimore Jewish Council’s top two leaders will have departed the organization

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Last week, Baltimore Jewish Council deputy executive director Cailey Locklair Tolle was named president of the Maryland Retailers Association. And around June 2016, longtime executive director Arthur Abramson will be stepping down for a yet-to-be announced post that he said will be a “behind-the-scenes” political position. Although the organization’s top two leaders will have both… Read More

Beyond a Backpack HoCo community helps students in need

Roy and Sue Appletree have coordinated the Prepare for Success program in Howard County for eight years. (Justin Katz)

When Roy and Sue Appletree began donating to Prepare for Success, a nonprofit program that collects school supplies for students undergoing financial hardship in Howard County, they didn’t anticipate they would eventually be asked to coordinate the program. Howard County, with a median household income of $109,865, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, has been… Read More

Strange Bedfellows Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, British Jewry may need to make up

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Jeremy Corbyn, the new head of Britain’s opposition Labor Party, has many of the makings of a hero for British Jews. A Labor lawmaker with over 30 years of experience, Corbyn passionately and eloquently defends blue-collar Britain, multiculturalism and a left-of-center notion of social justice. These are issues that resonate with Britain’s 250,000-strong Jewish community,… Read More