JCC Names Rabbi to Direct Teen Engagement

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and the JCC of Greater Baltimore announced the appointment of Rabbi Dena Shaffer as executive director of the Jewish Community’s new Center for Teen Engagement (CTE). As the executive director of CTE, Rabbi Shaffer will provide visionary and strategic leadership for the implementation of the center’s goals and objectives. Her primary responsibilities will… Read More

Knott Appointed to BCEDC

The Baltimore County Economic Development Commission has appointed James F. Knott Jr. as its new director. Knott serves as president of Knott Realty Group. He is responsible for all facets of the company, including financing, development, construction, leasing and property management. He has developed and constructed approximately 2 million square feet of office and industrial… Read More

JCS Names New Executive Director

The board of directors of Jewish Community Services announced that it has selected Joan Grayson Cohen to become the agency’s next executive director. Cohen, who is currently the director of economic services, has been a staff member of JCS and Jewish Family Services, one of its founding agencies, for 22 years. During this tenure, Cohen… Read More

Hecht Earns Zelda Award

Hecht Earns Zelda Award In recognition of his dedication and commitment to The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s annual campaign, Brad Hecht was presented with the Zelda Miller Award, which honors young adult leaders for their dedication to the annual campaign. Hecht has long-standing involvement in the Jewish community through The Associated. After graduating… Read More

Hillary Clinton Calls BDS Movement ‘Harmful’ On Eve of Vote in Her Methodist Church

WASHINGTON — On the eve of a bid to have her church divest from companies allegedly profiting from Israel’s control of the West Bank, Hillary Clinton reasserted that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement was counterproductive to peace. Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, responded on Sunday to an appeal from the Israel… Read More

Ohr Chadash Certified Green

Ohr Chadash Academy, an Orthodox Jewish day school for students in preschool through eighth grade, was recently certified a Green School through the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE). The school will be honored alongside other new Green Schools on May 13. Ohr Chadash was honored by the Pearlstone Center as its Green… Read More

Leotta Honored at Fallen Heroes Day

To say Friday, May 6 was a bittersweet day for the family of Noah Leotta — a Montgomery County police officer who died in December of injuries sustained when he was struck by a drunk driver — would be a drastic understatement. Leotta, a brother to Shana and a son to Richard Leotta and Marcia… Read More

Howard County Synagogue Adopts Voluntary Dues

Columbia Jewish Congregation, a Reconstructionist synagogue, has voted to change the structure of its dues system from a mandatory system to a voluntary commitment, which allows members to pledge as much money as they choose. The congregation voted for the change May 1, at its annual meeting. The committee that recommended the change said in… Read More

Fight and Flight Documentary Tells Triumph of American Pilots in Israel’s War for Independence

There are many ways to honor Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, but one Pikesville synagogue chose to shine a light on a little-known (and unsanctioned) post-World War II operation that proved critical in the creation of the Jewish state. Beth El Congregation, in partnership with the Center for Jewish Education, hosted a screening the… Read More