Counterattack Influential academics tackle boycott movement on college campuses


Alarmed by what they called “Orwellian efforts” by the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement to link Israel with a multitude of free-speech issues roiling college campuses across the United States, a group of influential academics launched the Academic Engagement Network. Led by Mark G. Yudof, president emeritus of the University of California System, and… Read More

All In on Climate Jewish organizations back Paris pact

COEJL Manager Liya Rechtman (center) leads an interfaith prayer service in the Green Zone of the COP21 climate summit in Paris. (Photo provided)

The organized American Jewish community reacted positively to the Paris climate agreement signed this month by almost 200 nations. The Dec. 12 accord aims to significantly curb carbon emissions in order to avert dangerous climate change, but those elements of the community backing the agreement say the deal is only the beginning and that Jewish… Read More

Temple Emanuel May Become Part of Baltimore Hebrew Synagogues discussing BHC absorbing Temple Emanuel members

Temple Emanuel Rabbi/Cantor Rhoda Silverman elected not to renew her contract, which expires on June 30, 2016.

One of Baltimore’s Reform congregations may absorb another as Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and Temple Emanuel are in talks about Temple Emanuel becoming part of BHC. While nothing is finalized yet, Temple Emanuel president David Beller said that Rabbi/Cantor Rhoda Silverman elected not to renew her contract, which expires on June 30, 2016. “We have concluded… Read More

Goldberg Joins Myerberg

The Edward A. Myerberg Center appointed Elliott Goldberg as its development director, announced the center’s executive director Gail Zuskin. Goldberg will coordinate fundraising activities for the Myerberg Center, including the center’s annual campaign. “Elliott’s enthusiasm and experience will play a vital role in the Myerberg’s efforts to provide essential programming to adults 55 and older… Read More

Rabbi Ari Israel Appointed to ACHARAI Fellows Program

Rabbi Ari Israel has been appointed to the Judaic Faculty position for the ACHARAI Fellows Program (AFP), the flagship offering of ACHARAI: The Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Development Institute. As the newly appointed Judaic Educator, Rabbi Israel will have primary responsibility for developing the Jewish text and discussion portions of the curriculum. Together with his… Read More

NKF-MD Earns Four Stars

The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland’s fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned the non-profit its first four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Charity Navigator uses objective, data-driven analysis to provide essential information needed to give donors greater confidence in their charitable selections. “Out of the thousands… Read More

BJC Names New Executive Director Howard Libit to take position in May

Howard Libit (Photo by Marc Shapiro)

The Baltimore Jewish Council named Howard Libit its next executive director on Thursday, Dec. 17. Libit is currently the treasurer of the BJC and the public affairs chief and director of strategic planning and policy at the office of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The BJC voted unanimously for Libit to succeed executive director Art Abramson at… Read More

District 11 Team Endorses Van Hollen for Senate

Maryland’s District 11 team of Sen. Bobby Zirkin and Delegates Shelly Hettleman, Dan Morhaim and Dana Stein has announced its endorsement of Congressman Chris Van Hollen for U.S. Senate. Van Hollen, a Montgomery County Democrat, faces Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Prince George’s County in the Democratic primary race to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who… Read More

Leading Through Action Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, brings its winter leadership summit to Baltimore

Residents of Peregrine’s Landing at Tudor Heights joined members of Yachad, the National Jewish Council for  Disabilities, for a challah bake on Dec. 20. The event concluded Yachad’s weekend-long leadership summit. (Daniel Schere)

About 45 teenagers and young adults with special needs from around the country arrived in Baltimore last weekend for a leadership summit and Shabbaton with Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities. The group participated in a combination of training sessions and volunteering opportunities, which concluded  Sunday with a challah bake between participants and residents… Read More

Confronting Racism, Oppression Event hosted by JUFJ, BJC addresses issues of racial injustice, privilege

The Baltimore Jewish Council and Jews United for Justice hosted “Lighting a Fire for Racial Justice” in which participants discussed racism, oppression  and privilege.  (Marc Shapiro)

On the second night of Chanukah, about 40 people gathered in the  community room of the Park Heights JCC. While prayers were sung and menorahs were lit, the occasion was not to celebrate Chanukah, but to use the holiday to address and understand racism and oppression. “During Chanukah, we’re encouraged to place a menorah in… Read More