AVAM Gala Honors ‘Zookeeper’s Wife’ Author, Astronaut

Famed author Diane Ackerman says her gift is to be surprised all the time and to pay keen attention to her surroundings. “I wake up startled most days just to be alive on the planet that has golden doodles, parakeets, iguanas, prom dresses and everything else,” she said. “So it’s typical for me to get… Read More

Finding Their Way Home For converts, Judaism illuminated their worlds in unexpected ways

As congregations struggle to attract and retain members, some synagogues are merging, as others experiment with new dues structures and youth-targeted initiatives to bring in young people and families. Only about 25 percent of Jews nationally say they attend synagogue once or twice a month, according to a Pew Research study, and less than half… Read More

Schleifer Goes On Attack After Crime Spike

Fed up with a recent crime surge in his district, Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer (D-District 5) says more action must be taken to address incidents such as home invasions and carjackings. In response, Schleifer sent an email to several hundred constituents asking them to email an impact statement to the Baltimore City State’s… Read More

Cardin, Stein Vow to Fight for Environment

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen, addressing a spirited group of about 20 activists at Van Gough Cafe in Southeast Baltimore on Monday, says Jews have an innate responsibility to safeguard the environment. “It is absolutely central to our Jewish thinking about the world that we have a responsibility to protect and to honor that… Read More

Thanks to Beth Tfiloh Students, Those Buried at Hebrew Friendship Live On

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School students are helping the living find the dead. Twelfth-graders began work on a service project on Friday to digitize the burial records at the Hebrew Friendship Cemetery and, in the process, gained a greater appreciation for the history rooted in the Southeast Baltimore burial ground where philanthropists Harry and Jeanette Weinberg were… Read More

U-Md. Group Plants What They Preach

Jesse Rabinowitz was a freshman at the University of Maryland in 2009 when he and a few friends thought it would be a great idea to grow their own spices for Havdalah. They dug a garden in front of the Hillel Jewish student center and planted fruits and vegetables. Although Rabinowitz never got around to… Read More

New Jewish Dems Group Aims for Shakeup in 2018

Fresh off of Democratic electoral victories in Virginia and New Jersey, a new group of Jewish Democrats announced its existence Wednesday, and vowed to strengthen ties between the party and Israel, oppose what it says is the Trump administration’s tolerance of neo-Nazis and galvanize the Jewish community to elect Democrats in 2018 and beyond. With… Read More

Zirkin Files Defamation Suit Against California Media Company

State Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-District 11), who represents Owings Mills and Pikesville, has filed a defamation suit against a California-based digital media company that accuses the company of falsely portraying him in a video as an unidentified Baltimore Ravens fan searching for prostitutes. The lawsuit filed in the Baltimore County Circuit Court last month states… Read More

Freedom from Anti-Semitism a Civil Right? Congress Ponders the Question

Should U.S. law define anti-Semitism? The House Judiciary Committee on Nov. 7 heard from nine witnesses on the question, including the heads of several Jewish organizations. There was no unanimity. The committee was looking at the proposed Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which would add the State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism to Title VI of the 1964… Read More

Area Synagogues Sponsor Shabbat Services for Special Needs Children

Kol Echad: An Experiential Shabbat, a new program sponsored by six area synagogues and agencies of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, launches on Nov. 18 with the first of a series of 45-minute morning Shabbat services designed for school-age special needs children and their families. The services, led by Cantor Karen Webber, will… Read More