Ellicott City Eyes Future with Optimism

“We’ll be back.” Those were the first words out of Ellicott City local Len Berkowitz’s mouth when asked about the damage to Great Panes, his Main Street art glass business. “We’ve been here for 37 years and I don’t intend to end on an odd number,” he shared while sitting on the curb since benches… Read More

Roy Hoffberger: Philanthropist, Art Patron, Proud Jew

Wednesday, Aug. 3 saw the passing of one of the most influential figures ever to grace Baltimore — lawyer, philanthropist and art collector LeRoy “Roy” Hoffberger. He was 91. Hoffberger was born in 1925 into a family that made fortunes in manufacturing and distributing ice, coal and fuel oil. He was raised surrounded by real… Read More

BJC ‘Distressed’ By Black Lives Matter Platform’s Take on Israel

The Baltimore Jewish Council released a statement Monday calling parts of the recently released Movement for Black Lives platform “malicious” and “untruthful” regarding Israel. “The Baltimore Jewish Council is a strong supporter of the social justice ideals that are promoted by the Black Lives Matter movement,” the statement began. “We are proud of our long… Read More

Aly Raisman Earns Spot in Individual All-Around Finals in Rio

(JTA) — Jewish-American woman’s gymnast Aly Raisman earned a spot in the individual all-around competition at the Olympics in Rio. Raisman took the second spot for the American women ahead of all-around defending gold medalist Gabby Douglas and behind three-time world all-around champion Simone Biles. The American women’s gymnastics team came in first place in… Read More

Convention Had Little to Say About Jewish Issues, Republicans Take Note

The delegates have left, the thousands of balloons have been popped and the traffic has subsided (sort of). Now that the Democratic National Convention has ended, some still feel left out. Specifically: Where were the Jewish or Israeli shout-outs? There were bits and scraps of Jewish phrases thrown into speeches, but even less talk of… Read More

Legislators Nationwide Thanked for Their Roles in Opposing BDS

Pro-Israel state legislators from around the nation were honored July 28 at the Jewish Community Services Building in Philadelphia for their contributions in the fight against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. About 15 legislators were on hand to receive recognition during the Democratic National Convention. “We know how hard you work, said Naomi… Read More

Baltimore-Born Rabbi Makes Chicago List

Rabbi Zev Eleff, 30, was named to Oy!Chicago and The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago’s Young Leadership Division’s fifth annual “Double Chai in the Chi: 36 under 36,” a list recognizing young professionals in the Chicago area. The Pikesville native and Yeshivat Rambam graduate is the chief academic officer at Chicago’s Hebrew Theological College… Read More

You Should Know … Jackie Gordon

Baltimore resident Jackie Gordon, 34, knew in high school that she wanted to work with kids and sports. As an adult, the Franklin Middle School teacher realized her dream in the “It’s Game Time” summer camp. The Silver Spring native holds a Reading Teacher Certification from Goucher College and graduated from Towson with a bachelor’s… Read More

Bolton Street Synagogue Affiliates with Reform Movement

After 30 years of being unaffiliated with a larger movement, Bolton Street Synagogue officially affiliated with the Reform movement in June. Founded by a group of Jewish families in 1986, the synagogue started in the basement of a church on Bolton Street. As it expanded, the synagogue never lost sight of the ideals of its… Read More