The 2017-18 School Calendar Debate

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Baltimore County Public School officials are currently involved with deciding the calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. Three calendars have been proposed. A noteworthy aspect of the potential schedule change is that one of the three proposed calendars suggests that school will be in session on Rosh Hashanah, which falls on Spet. 21 and 22… Read More

An Unorthodox Jewish View

Shulem Deen (Courtesy of Beth Tfiloh)

At 42, Brooklyn-born Shulem Deen could fill a book with his tumultuous tale of having grown up within the insular world of the Skverer Chasidic sect before, as he terms it, being cast out and cut off from everything he knew. Deen has done just that with his memoir, “All Who Go Do Not Return,”… Read More

Barak Engages Baltimore in Global Dialogue

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Ehud Barak, former prime minister of Israel, graced Baltimore with his insights on the state of the global arena on Oct. 25 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall as a part of Stevenson University’s Baltimore Speaker Series. Touted as a man “who over a half-century career became Israel’s most decorated soldier and held the nation’s trifecta… Read More

Among Cleveland’s Orthodox Voters, Reluctance Reigns

Jeff Bookman, a suburban Cleveland jewelry seller, has his reservations about Donald Trump’s temperament but believes the Republican  candidate can return America to traditional values it has lost. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Bookman)

“She’s accumulated a fair amount of warts.” She is “proven to be  dishonest and difficult to trust.” “I thought as secretary of state she should have been fired.” That’s what some Orthodox supporters of Hillary  Clinton in the Cleveland area are saying about their candidate. And some Donald Trump backers? “I wouldn’t even say he’s… Read More

The Jewish Vote: Senate Races to Watch

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Hillary vs. Donald is sucking all the air out of the room. Consider: The first woman major party nominee battling a reality TV star. The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, bragging in a 2005 video about sexual assault, then denying it when a dozen women corroborate his braggadocio. The seemingly never-ending Hillary Clinton email scandal, with… Read More

Baltimore City College Honors Distinguished Alumni

From left: Gary Bartz, William Brown, Dr. Sidney Krome, Dr. Robert Myerburg, Dr. Lloyd Musselman and John Heyn (Photo provided)

Baltimore City College, one of the oldest public high schools in the nation, held a ceremony on Oct. 28 to honor the 2016 inductees to the school’s Hall of Fame. The prestigious listing was established in 1957 “to recognize, honor and promote the outstanding contributions of alumni and faculty … for their commitment to City… Read More

Battleground Showdown Marylanders hit the road to help get out the vote

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On a recent Sunday morning in October, Sam Novey and about a dozen Jews United for Justice volunteers from Baltimore headed to Lancaster County, Pa., to conduct some voter outreach. Novey, 28, is a Baltimore native and Harvard University graduate who has spearheaded several national voter registration projects designed to assist college students with the… Read More

Science Center Looks to Secure Its Future

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The Maryland Science Center, which turned 40 this year, is celebrating the milestone anniversary by raising millions of dollars to take its brand of science education firmly into the future. The Inner Harbor institution announced its “Revitalization For Today — Securing Our Future Capital Campaign” on Oct. 28. The $7.5 million campaign has raised almost… Read More

At Pearlstone, a Blossoming Future Story

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In the 15 years of its existence on the unlikely outskirts of a major metropolis such as Baltimore, the 165-acre verdant rolling hills and seemingly endless vista of lush organic farmland known as the Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center has had its fair share of eclectic visitors. “Beyond the Jewish community, we’ve hosted Christian groups,… Read More

Park School Senior Points Lacrosse Stick at Ivy League

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Sam Cordish has come a long way since he joined the Park School of Baltimore’s lacrosse team as an unassuming freshman more than three years ago. The 6-foot, 160-pound senior goalie worked hard to get a chance to showcase his talent, cracking the Bruins’ starting lineup as the No. 1 goalie after playing sparingly his… Read More