Something for Everybody For area rabbis, a High Holiday sermon that resonates is the ultimate goal

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Next to writing a dissertation, crafting an effective High Holiday sermon may seem like one of the more monumental achievements for any writer. But talk to rabbis from congregations of all sorts in Baltimore and it becomes apparent that they have it down to a science. Rabbi Benjamin Sharff of Har Sinai Congregation uses a… Read More

Will He or Won’t He? On Iran deal, both sides are counting on New Jersey senator

When Congress votes on the Iran Deal, Sen. Cory Booker (center) will be thrust into the spotlight.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) finds himself in the unenviable position of being caught between his president and his friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. As a rising star in the Democratic Party, Booker likely is being counted on by President Barack Obama to ensure that his promised presidential veto of a resolution rejecting the Iran nuclear deal… Read More

High Holidays for All Reform Temple’s free services, held at Owings Mills High School, started more than a decade ago

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Susan Dudley’s family goes way back in American Reform Judaism. Her family on her mother’s side was here before the American Revolution, when she believes there were only 500 Jewish people in the whole country, and they fought in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. They were involved in the founding of early Reform… Read More

Grounded! American Airlines cancels Philadelphia-Tel Aviv route

The last American Airlines flight out of Philadelphia will be on Jan.4.

PHILADELPHIA — Getting a nonstop flight to Israel from the Mid-Atlantic region will become a lot more challenging come 2016. American Airlines announced late last month that it will no longer operate nonstop service between Philadelphia International Airport and Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv as of January. “Although the route has been a source… Read More

‘We’re Not Giving Away Anything’ Obama takes Iran pitch directly to Jewish community

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In an address to American Jews on Aug. 28, President Barack Obama insisted that the agreement negotiated between world powers and Iran blocks the Islamic Republic from developing nuclear weapons without limiting the United States’ options in case of violations. “This deal blocks every way, every pathway Iran might take to obtain a nuclear weapon,”… Read More

Marvin Mandel Passes Away at 95 Maryland’s 56th governor leaves ‘extraordinary legacy’

Gov. Marvin Mandel at his 95th birthday party in May.

Former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel, the state’s first and only Jewish governor, passed away Sunday afternoon. One of Maryland’s most prolific political figures, Mandel served as governor from 1969 until 1977, when he was convicted and jailed for racketeering and mail fraud charges. His sentence was later commuted and his conviction overturned. Gov. Larry Hogan… Read More

Construction Begins on New Metro Centre Building

Attendees at the groundbreaking of a new office and retail building at the Metro Centre at Owings Mills signed a 700-pound piece of steel that will be used in construction.

Construction began on a 200,000-square-foot office and retail building at the Metro Centre at Owings Mills, marked by a groundbreaking on Aug. 27. The new construction is part of 1.2 million square feet of office space planned for the mixed-use development, which will total 7 million square feet when completed. “We are extremely optimistic about… Read More