High School Seniors Nominated for National Award

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School student Lani Roskes and Pikesville High School student Jesse Fidel will find out in just a few weeks whether either will be one of up to just 141 high school seniors nationwide invited to Washington, D.C., to receive one the nation’s most prestigious awards given to high school students. Their… Read More

China’s ancient Jewish community returning to its roots

China’s ancient Jewish community in Kaifeng is set to celebrate a traditional Passover Seder for what may be the first time in centuries. The Seder is being sponsored by Shavei Israel, an Israeli organization that helps “Lost Tribes” and other forgotten Jewish communities return to their roots. The Seder will be conducted by Tzuri Shi,… Read More

Kerry Warns ‘It’s Reality Check Time’

Secretary of State John Kerry has made 11 trips to the Middle East since July to facilitate Israeli-Arab peace talks. Last week, it looked as though his efforts were thwarted, when President Mahmoud Abbas applied for membership in international bodies — a move considered off limits by the American-brokered negotiation terms. In response, Israel canceled… Read More

IISHJ Names Outreach Director

The International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism (IISHJ) has announced that Noach Dzmura is its new campus outreach coordinator/rabbinic student recruiter. Dzmura has 20 years’ experience as an instructional designer for the software industry and for higher education. Since obtaining an M.A. in Jewish Studies from the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies of… Read More

Races Raise $487K for CMNH

Credit Union Miracle Day, the title sponsor group of a family of races, presented a $487,000 donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) nationwide representing two popular races on the East and West coasts. Of that amount, $111,781 has been raised online by 282 credit union members, runners and their families and friends. “We are… Read More

Resist the Urge to Tap Retirement Plans Early

I have yet to meet anyone who thinks they’re saving too much money for retirement. On the contrary, most people admit they’re probably setting aside too little. Retirement accounts must compete with daily expenses, saving up for a home, college and unexpected emergencies for every precious dollar. If taking money out of your IRA, 401(k)… Read More

National Library of Israel acquires rare Montefiore Haggadah

The National Library of Israel has acquired a rare Passover Haggadah that once belonged to well-known philanthropist Moses Montefiore, Israel Hayom reported. The unique Haggadah is thought to have been printed in London in 1837 and is written in Hebrew with an English translation. The front of the book is adorned with the stylized Montefiore… Read More

Meant to Be

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Whether you call it “divine providence,” as Bnos Yisroel of Baltimore’s Language Arts department chairwoman Sara Arno did, or “kismet,” as Wee Chic children’s apparel storeowner Bridget Quinn Stickline did, it must have been fate that Stickline and Arno met in Greenspring Station in Timonium. “I was there [at Greenspring Station] to take a child… Read More

Ready to Roll

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This spring a lively group of women bike riders plan to hit the road for friendship and fun. Parkton resident Cathy Myrowitz has organized a new group called the “Annie ‘Londonderry’ Jewish Women and Friends Bicycle Circle.” It’s “AL’s Gals” for short. The name was inspired by the achievements of Annie ‘Londonderry’ Kopchovsky, a Jewish… Read More

A True Basketball Big Man

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When the National Basketball Association playoffs tip off on April 19, the star players who take the court should credit their status to recently retired league commissioner David Stern, according to Peter Horvitz, author of “The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes.” Horvitz said Stern’s leadership of the NBA for 30 years saw the league… Read More