Syrian Refugee Crisis Safety concerns, Jewish ethics guide attitudes toward helping those in need


Saturday morning, a few days after the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg of Beth Am used his Shabbat sermon time to invite an open discussion about the brutal and tragic incidents that occurred throughout the city and their aftermath. Several people expressed their anger and concern about the way Syrian… Read More

Split Decision in Stevenson Chabad Case Court order ruled that proposed synagogue meets some requirements, possibly violates others


The case concerning whether a Chabad-Lubavitch congregation can build a synagogue on Stevenson Road will be heard before the Baltimore County Board of Appeals. Attorneys for both the neighborhood opposition and the congregation appealed the opinion and order rendered by Administrative Law Judge John Beverungen on Jan. 12. Rabbi Velvel Belinsky aims to build a… Read More

Downtown Baltimore Gets a Partnership Minyan Prayer group increases participation of women within confines of Orthodoxy

Charm City Minyan meets at a private home in Fells Point. (Provided)

There’s a new kind of minyan that’s been popping up in recent years, and Baltimore became the latest city to join the growing movement in October. Charm City Minyan is a partnership minyan, a prayer group that  allows women to be more involved in worship and rituals within the confines of Jewish law. “[Modern Orthodox]… Read More

Eliminated! OU Advocacy closes its Maryland office

Attendees of last summer’s OU Advocacy’s legislative breakfast chat with Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford. (Anthony Marill Photography)

There is no one staffing the Orthodox Union’s Maryland Advocacy office now that the new legislative session in Annapolis is underway. The position of regional director, the organization’s only full-time staff position dedicated to Maryland issues, was eliminated Dec. 31. Maury Litwack, director of state political affairs for OU Advocacy Center, confirmed no one has… Read More

One-Upmanship Candidates seek more than votes with pro-Israel pandering

Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has made little secret of his effort to score pro-Israel political points. (EPA/CJ GUNTHER/Newscom )

Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) put forward legislation last week to force the current administration to move the United States embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The bill has little chance of getting through Congress, but it’s yet another example of a presidential candidate, in this case Cruz, loudly proclaiming… Read More

Howard County Maintains Status Quo for Jewish Holidays

Following more than an hour of discussion on Jan. 14, the Howard County Board of Education approved Superintendent Dr. Renee Foose’s recommendation to maintain the  decision to close schools on the Jewish High Holiday of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur during the 2016-2017 school year. Following a motion by board members Bess Altwerger and Dr…. Read More

HoCo Synagogue Announces Morss Scholarship

Rabbi Sonya Starr (File photo)

Columbia Jewish Congregation has announced the Lester Robert Morss Scholarship, named after a former member. The scholarship, at $500, will be awarded to two students each cycle that wish to pursue an established  academic program in Israel or complete a service project with an established Jewish organization. Applicants must currently be high school or college… Read More

‘Wires Down,’ Heads Held High Krieger Schechter wins BGE video contest

The fourth-grade class that won BGE’s “Wires Down” contest poses for a photo with a check for $10,000. (photo by Justin Katz)

Students at Krieger Schechter Day School were treated to a surprise at the end of a Jan. 14 school assembly, when Baltimore Gas and Electric COO and president Stephen Woerner announced that the school’s fourth-grade class won the company’s “Wires Down” video contest. “The ‘Wires down’ video contest is all about reintroducing a very effective… Read More