Weinberg Place Marks 50 Years

Carmoletha Lomax is 79 and has lived at Weinberg Place, a senior housing complex in Northwest Baltimore, for about a year. “So far, I love it here,” she said. She plays cards and Bingo almost every day. “My husband was sick when we came in here and we didn’t have any place to go.” Her… Read More

Jewish Policeman Ira Weiner Remembered at Annual Memorial ‘He was Like a Brother’

Doctors told Murray Weiner in May that he wasn’t going to live much longer. He had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. The devastating news blindsided him. Weiner, 77, a Pompano Beach, Fla., resident, told doctors he needed to live until Monday, Sept. 18. He made a promise to himself that he would make one… Read More

Kamenetz Announces Bid for Governor

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz officially announced his candidacy for Maryland governor on Monday in Towson, joining a crowded Democratic primary race. Kamenetz, 59, wrote in a Facebook post on Monday that he has the best chance to beat Republican Gov. Larry Hogan “and take back our state from the likes of [President] Donald Trump.”… Read More

Bubbie Takes Flight to Celebrate Upcoming 97th Birthday

Mollie Witow hasn’t lost her adventurous spirit with age. The 96-year-old decided to take to the sky on Aug. 27 as a prelude to her October birthday. Members of her family, including her daughter and grandchildren, accompanied her to Taylorsville for her first-ever hot-air balloon ride. Donning black pants and a gray sweater, Bubbie, as… Read More

Lecture Enlightens Baltimoreans on Jewish Women’s Participation in WWII

For scores of Jews, the mention of World War II evokes images of the Holocaust. But Israeli native Tamar Ketko is confident that her seven-part documentary series will shed light on another chapter during that period — one relatively unknown to worldwide Jewry. “Very little is known about the involvement of Jewish soldiers among the… Read More

A Jewish ‘Dreamer’ Is Scared But Refuses to Despair

BOSTON — At 15, Elias Rosenfeld became a “Dreamer.” At the time, the Venezuela native was attending Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School in Miami, where he had lived since he was 6, when his Jewish family moved to South Florida from Caracas. His mother was a media executive, and they traveled to the… Read More

Oheb Shalom and Har Sinai Exploring Merger

In a letter Tuesday to Temple Oheb Shalom congregants, the Reform Pikesville synagogue’s senior Rabbi Steven M. Fink and congregation president Mina Wender announced a possible merger with Har Sinai Congregation, a Reform synagogue in Owings Mills led by Rabbi Linda Joseph. The September 12 letter said Oheb Shalom was creating a “strategic partnership between two… Read More

Baltimore-Florida Connections Stay Strong During Irma

With relief efforts still underway for victims of Hurricane Harvey, Jewish agencies and individuals in Baltimore stepped up again, as Hurricane Irma ripped across Florida, leaving millions more people in need of aid. Hurricane Irma was one of the most powerful recorded storms to strike the United States. When it slammed into the Florida Keys… Read More

High Holiday Tickets Are Serious Business for Synagogues, Congregants

There’s an old joke about a boy who shows up at a synagogue on Yom Kippur. The usher tells him he can’t come in without a ticket. “But I’m not staying. I just need to talk to my mother,” the boy pleads. “Well, all right,” the usher says. “But if I catch you praying, I’m… Read More

When Israelis Protest, They Don’t Tear Down Statues

JERUSALEM — Israel recently got two new statues of political leaders: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Supreme Court President Miriam Naor. However, both statues were torn down within hours. For their creators, that was part of the point. Israel has very few official statues of its leaders — or anyone else for that matter. The… Read More