Let ’Em In Jewish agencies roll out welcome mat for Syrian refugees

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Last Friday, Corine Dehabey, resettlement officer with Us Together, welcomed the 11th Syrian refugee family to arrive in Toledo, Ohio, through her HIAS-affiliated agency this year. When Us Together receives a call, Dehabey springs into action. In as little as 24 to 48 hours, Dehabey has to find refugees a place to live, furniture and… Read More

Chanukah Kicks off with Concerts Baltimore and Washington areas have some rockin’ holiday concerts

Matisyahu comes to the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda on Wednesday, Dec. 9, and Rams Head Live in Baltimore on Thursday, Dec. 10. (Photo by David Stuck)

Chanukah is a complicated holiday for many. While its more recognizable symbols and rituals have to do with the miracle of the oil, Chanukah’s story is also that of a military victory. “We’re celebrating two separate things … so it’s kind of schizophrenic,” said Beth El Congregation Cantor Thom King. “The main reason the oil… Read More

Owings Mills Resident Named Learner of the Year

From left: John Corse, associate general counsel for Exelon Corporation; Donna Bossalina, a member of Exelon’s legal department; Kristen Strader, daughter of Phyllis and Robert Strader; Phyllis and Robert Strader; and Phyllis Strader’s  colleagues, Jennifer DiSciullo and Jack Wood. (Provided)

Phyllis Strader of Owings Mills was named Learner of the Year by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) at the organization’s international conference, which was held in Baltimore from Nov. 18 to 20. Strader, a paralegal at Exelon Corporation for almost 15 years, earned her degree in paralegal studies from Stevenson University in… Read More

Organizations Seek Action After Protest Goucher president under fire after event shut down

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More than 30 different organizations signed and delivered a letter to Goucher College President José Bowen urging him to take further action following student protestors disrupting a presentation by Israeli television personality Assi Azar. Azar was invited to Goucher Hillel on Nov. 5 to screen his movie, “Mom, Dad, I Have Something to Tell You,”… Read More

A City Divided History professor lays out Baltimore’s painful history of race relations

University of Baltimore professor Elizabeth Nix speaks at Enoch Pratt Free 
Library as part of the Open Society Institute series “Talking About Race.”

Seven months after Baltimore erupted in riots over the police-custody death of Freddie Gray, city residents are still searching for answers. On Tuesday, Oct. 27, University of Baltimore history professor Elizabeth Nix attempted to provide some with “Two Baltimores,” a lecture on the city’s long history of segregation. The lecture, held at Enoch Pratt Free… Read More

Um Um Good! University, Chabad partner to bring kosher food to UMD arena

Testudo’s Kosher Korner food stand will open for business on Nov. 17 at the Maryland-Georgetown men’s basketball game.

Starting this week, University of Maryland basketball fans can watch some hoops while chowing down on delicious kosher eats. Testudo’s Kosher Kitchen, so named for the university’s distinctive diamondback terrapin mascot, made its official debut at the Nov. 17 Maryland vs. Georgetown University men’s basketball game, and the menu, said Rabbi Eli Backman, director of… Read More

Myerberg Gets Mayoral Treatment Seniors hear from Rawlings-Blake, ask tough questions

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fields questions from Baltimore City senior residents at the Edward A. Myerberg Senior Center.

Topics such as transportation, housing and health services were on the minds of senior city residents who came to participate in Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s town hall meeting this month at the Edward A. Myerberg Senior Center. Rawlings-Blake referred to seniors, such as her mother who is almost 80 years old, as the backbone of the… Read More

Associated Official’s Email Ignites Concern in Chabad Case Official mistakenly sends private message from his work email address

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Tensions are high in the Stevenson Road community where a rabbi has proposed to build a Chabad synagogue after an email from an official at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore in favor of the synagogue circulated among residents who oppose the shul. The email is just one of hundreds, according to Rabbi Velvel… Read More