A Step Above Two local congregations undergo deep self-reflection to rise above the standards set for pre-K in Maryland

Beth Israel pre-k teachers Lisa Yarmis (upper left) and Lauren Freeman (right) and preschool director Rachael Schwartz (center) help students draw in their journals. (PMarc Shapirohoto by Marc Shapiro)

On a warm day in late fall, students in a pre-kindergarten class at Beth Israel in Owings Mills were outside at the playground drawing in their journals. Others looked out at the parking lot and talked to their teachers about the purpose of speed bumps. While this scene could be typical for any pre-K class,… Read More

Residential Revolt Some homeowners still frustrated with plans for development on The Associated’s land

Cheryl Aaron and Joel Marcus lead a public meeting at St. Thomas Church on Nov. 17.  (Justin Katz)

Tensions remain high among some residents living near the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, where The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore is planning to sell a  vacant area of land to a developer in order to build a 56-home development. “The excess land was previously planned to be the home of a 90,000-square-foot office building,… Read More

The Sounds of Jewgrass Mama Doni Band to perform in HoCo

Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg will perform in Columbia on Dec. 20. ( Provided)

The phrase “Jewish bluegrass music” might not sound like it would work on paper, but Doni Zasloff has managed to blend the two and make it appealing it to both kids and  parents. Zasloff, whose stage name is Mama Doni, will perform at the Red Branch Theatre in Columbia on Dec. 20 with her musical… Read More

Community Rallies Around Holocaust Education BJC event raises money for proposed education center in Greece

Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos, director of the  museum at Kehila Kedosha Janina in New York, speaks about a proposed Holocaust education  center to be located in Salonika, Greece at a fundraiser held by the Baltimore Jewish Council  at The Black Olive restaurant. (Marc Shapiro)

The Greek port city of Salonika was home to around 56,000 of Greece’s 76,000 Jews before World War II. There were centers of Jewish learning and many esteemed rabbis. These days, the city’s Jewish community numbers 1,200, according to Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos, director of the Kehila Kedosha Janina museum in New York. To commemorate the… Read More

Teen Engagement Conservative leadership emphasizes youth at biennial convention

Convention attendees from Har Shalom are (from left) Bob Sunshine, USCJ International board member; Beth Ann Spector, synagogue vice president  for membership; Carly Schmand, synagogue membership coordinator;  David Helfand, director of  youth engagement; Shelley Engel, synagogue  executive director; Cantor Henrique Ozur Bass; and Rabbi Adam Raskin. (TK)

With a focus on their movement’s youth and young families, leaders at the biennial convention of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism  expressed hope for the future. Under the banner of “Shape the Center,” USCJ CEO Rabbi Steven Wernick used his platform to push the 1,200 attendees of the Nov. 13-17 convention in the Chicago… Read More

MIDC Showcase Brings Israeli Companies to BWI

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Maryland/Israel Development Center in partnership with the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation hosts a showcase of Maryland/Israel businesses at the Observation Gallery at BWI Airport. “We’ve got the largest number of Israeli companies participating than we’ve ever had,” said Barry Bogage, MIDC executive director. More than 30 companies will be… Read More

Feats Honored as Growing Inner City Business

The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and Fortune announced that Feats, a creative strategy and engagement agency located in Baltimore, was selected for the 2015 Inner City 100, a list of the fastest-growing inner city businesses in the United States. ICIC’s Inner City 100 program recognizes successful inner city businesses and their CEOs… Read More

Meyerhoff Funds Board Names President

The board of directors of the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds announced that Elizabeth R. “Buffy” Minkin has been named president.’Minkin, a fourth-generation Meyerhoff family member, has played an integral role in developing and guiding the Funds’ impact through significant and strategic contributions that improve the quality of life in Baltimore.’ “Philanthropy is… Read More

The Chef with a Million Flavors Columbia native shaking up holiday dinner table

Ben Rubin is the owner and chef at Columbia’s AllSpice Hospitality. (photo by Justin Katz)

Ben Rubin was a self-professed quintessential “frat guy” when he started attending the University of Pittsburgh, but after studying abroad in Madrid for several months, his attitude on culture, art and food changed. “I went to Spain and I was surrounded by all these brilliant people, and if you couldn’t keep up with [everyone else],… Read More