A $6.8 Million Campaign for Gilchrist, The Associated Funds will go toward new wing, Jewish community resources

The new addition at Gilchrist will be a place for families to gather, outfitted with a variety of familiar Jewish symbols.(Renderings provided)

Gilchrist Hospice Care has partnered with The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore on a fundraising campaign to expand hospice programs and resources in the Jewish community. The $6.8 million fundraising  campaign will allow for renovations and a 2,400-square-foot addition at Gilchrist Center Towson, an endowment to help Gilchrist engage the Jewish community and funds… Read More

Repair the World Partners with JVC In third year, organization repositions its Baltimore operations

In its first year, Repair the World fellows turned this once trash-strewn West Baltimore lot into an urban garden and gathering place. (David Stuck)

Repair the World, an organization that launched in several major cities in the fall of 2013 with the mission of engaging young Jewish adults in volunteerism, has refocused its Baltimore operations and will now operate under the auspices of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore as part of Jewish Volunteer Connection. Jewish Volunteer Connection… Read More

Duty Calls Responsibility drives unimpressed New Hampshire Jewish voters


Less than thrilled is how some New Hampshire Jewish voters describe their feelings toward the presidential candidates vying for votes in the Granite State. Despite the lackluster enthusiasm for this year’s candidates, the Jews of New Hampshire will do their duty and head to the polls on Feb. 9. “I’ve been a lifelong Democrat,” said… Read More

Obama Visits Baltimore Mosque

President Barack Obama visits the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Feb. 3. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/TNS/Newscom)

President Barack Obama visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore Wednesday in his first visit to a mosque in the U.S. during his presidency. In a 45-minute address, he called on Americans to embrace Islam as a religion of peace. Obama referenced recent tragedies in Boston, Chattanooga, Tenn. and San Bernardino, Calif., that were carried out… Read More

Legislators, Advocates Rally for End-of-Life Option Act Revised bill increases protection from coercion, includes data collection

Del. Shane Pendergrass (center) and Sen. Ronald Young (left) are the sponsors of the End-of-Life Option Act. (Marc Shapiro)

Legislators and advocates kicked off this year’s push for the End-of-Life Option Act on Thursday, Jan. 28 ahead of the introduction of Senate and House bills. The Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life Option Act, sponsored by Del. Shane Pendergrass (D-District 13) and Sen. Ronald Young (D-District 3), would allow terminally ill individuals… Read More

From Crofton to Clinton Joel Wanger cites his Jewish faith as a factor in becoming politically active

Joel Wanger (right) says working for progressive candidates such as Hillary Clinton is an important way to “live” his Judaism. (Provided)

It was the deep-seated Jewish values of social justice that spurred Crofton, Md., native Joel Wanger to become involved in politics. Wanger “fell in love” with the campaign lifestyle while in college at Northeastern University in Boston, he said, prompting him to apply for the Israel Government Fellows program that is run by Masa Israel…. Read More

Beth Tfiloh Student Makes a Wish: Laker for a Day

Yitzi Teichman, 18, who has been battling brain cancer, signed a one-day contract with the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 31, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Lakers. Teichman, a Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School student, was given the VIP treatment, received special items signed by the players, participated in pregame warm-ups on… Read More

BJC: No Anti-BDS Bill This Session


The Baltimore Jewish Council and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (JCRC) will not pursue a bill against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel in this year’s Maryland General  Assembly session. “We spent a few weeks researching it and there’s no problem now,” BJC executive director Art Abramson said. “Given… Read More

The Ability to Succeed Employers look beyond disabilities, find dedicated, talented workers


Yoel Krigsman, 48, is an average Jewish Baltimorean by most accounts; he has a wife and four children, davens regularly and commutes to Washington, D.C., where he has managed computer systems at Gallaudet University for 18 years. But statistics indicate that employers would think twice about hiring him because he’s deaf. Dr. Andrew Houtenville, director… Read More