Menorah Lighting Ushers in Chanukah for City Officials

December 21, 2016 - Annual City Hall Menorah Lighting

City Hall got into the Chanukah spirit on Wednesday as Baltimore officials gathered for the third annual lighting of the City Hall menorah. While hundreds are expected to turn out for the lighting of the 30-foot Esther Ann Menorah at McKeldin Square in the Inner Harbor on Sunday, the pre-Chanukah ceremony at City Hall provided… Read More

Trump’s Israel Envoy Pick Shakes Up American Jewish Status Quo

President-elect Donald Trump, his daughter Ivanka Trump and attorney David Friedman exit U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Camden, N.J., in Feb. 2010. (Bradley C. Bower/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) -– Nearly six years ago, when President Barack Obama was set to elevate one of his top emissaries to the Jewish community to the Israel ambassadorship, Dan Shapiro asked for – and got – the endorsement of one of Obama’s fiercest pro-Israel critics. “Dan has always spoken to us, patiently and carefully explaining… Read More

Winands Road Synagogue Set to Close

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“As with all good things in life, nothing of value can or should remain stagnant, including institutions” began the statement emailed from the desk of Rabbi Sholom Salfer to his congregants at Winands Road Synagogue Center — Randallstown’s last operating synagogue — on Thursday, Nov. 17. With an original charter that dates back to 1895,… Read More

Hogan Boosts Nonpublic School Funding

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When Baltimore Jewish Council board members voted in 2009 to support legislation that would help students and their families pay for nonpublic school tuition, they realized there was a growing need for financial aid in their community. “In [Jewish] day schools, they have a reputation of finding a way to accommodate every kid, even if… Read More

The December Dilemma How interfaith families make the holidays meaningful

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The December Dilemma is a reality that many interfaith families live out each holiday season. The big question is how to balance Christmas and Chanukah in a family with a parent of each faith. While families try to keep the meaning of Chanukah at the forefront of their celebrations, it can be difficult living in… Read More

Moshe Moskowitz Remembered as ‘Simcha’ 13-Year-Old Talmudical Academy Student Killed in Crash

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The funeral service for 13-year-old Moshe Simcha Moskowitz, son of Rabbi Doniel and Tamara Moskowitz, Dec. 15 at Sol Levinson & Bros. attracted mourners numbering in the hundreds — the chapel, which seats 500 to 600 people, overflowed to fill a large part of the entryway and a side chapel. Moshe died Dec. 13 from… Read More

Bolton Street Synagogue Celebrates Reform Affiliation

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On Dec. 3, Bolton Street Synagogue officially celebrated its recent affiliation with the Reform movement this past spring with a Shabbat dinner and service presided over by both its own rabbi, John Franken, and Rabbi Jonah Pesner of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Since its inception in 1986, Bolton Street has been unaffiliated…. Read More

Obama Lights the Menorah One More Time

ELIJAH AND SHIRA WIESEL, GRANDCHILDREN OF THE LATE ELIE WIESEL, LIGHT THE MENORAH AT THE WHITE HOUSE CHANUKAH PARTY ON DEC. 14, AS PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA LOOK ON. OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTO BY CHUCK KENNEDY

If any word could describe the scene from the East Room of the White House on Dec. 14, the site of the final two Chanukah parties hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, it would be irony. Unless you paid close attention to the fact that there was a silver menorah being… Read More

Temple Oheb Shalom Welcomes First Female Rabbi

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Temple Oheb Shalom welcomed Rabbi Sarah R. Marion as its newest spiritual leader in June, a historic appointment, as Marion is the first female clergy member to join the congregation since its founding 163 years ago. From Westchester, N.Y., Marion, 30, grew up in a family that was not particularly religious. She did not become… Read More

J Street Founder Encourages Diversity of Opinions on Israel

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Before a crowd of about 100 at Temple Oheb Shalom last week, J Street president and co-founder Jeremy Ben-Ami said that it is both healthy and necessary for Jews in the United States to voice their diverse opinions on Israel. He called J Street both pro-Israel and pro-peace, outlining them as an organization that recognizes… Read More