Baltimore’s ‘Jewish’ Architecture Testament to Character, Conviction, Mobility of Its People Second of two parts

After establishing faith communities, neighborhood networks and businesses in East Baltimore from the mid-19th to the early 20th centuries, German Jews, and then later Eastern European Jews, moved to areas of the city not restricted to them because of their faith. Assimilation and varying degrees of financial success prompted their moves from the crowded immigrant… Read More

Non-Jewish Activists Link Arms with Hungarian Jews in ‘Symbols War’

Hungarian officials likely anticipated some Jewish opposition to their decision to erect a monument in Budapest to a Holocaust-era lawmaker who promoted anti-Semitic legislation. What they probably didn’t expect was that the Feb. 24 unveiling of a bust honoring Gyorgy Donath would attract a protest of mostly non-Jewish Hungarians. The protest would lead to the… Read More

Refocusing Baltimore Despite last year’s unrest, city’s future has much in its favor

With memories still fresh of last April’s unrest surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, the young African-American man from Sandtown who sustained fatal injuries while in police custody, organizations throughout the city are working to erase the disgrace that national headlines heaped upon Baltimore, even as the upcoming trials of the officers involved generate almost… Read More

Clinton, Trump to Headline AIPAC Gathering

The 2016 presidential campaign will make a stop at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington next week, where front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will address an expected 18,000 attendees at the pro-Israel advocacy organization’s annual event. The conference, March 20-22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Verizon… Read More

Annual CJC Book Fair Is Kick Start to Passover

While Jewish children have opportunities to learn about the tradition of Passover each year, the classroom can be  a challenging place for the youngest members of a synagogue’s congregation. In an effort to create a more engaging atmosphere around the study of Passover, Columbia Jewish Congregation will host its third annual Passover Book Fair at… Read More

BJC Adocates in Annapolis

More than 200 Jews from across Maryland gathered in Annapolis Tuesday, March 1 for the annual Jewish Advocacy Day — a day where constituents from the Jewish community meet with legislators to lobby for the legislation they hope will pass in the current session, which runs through April 11. This included several members of the… Read More

Israel Touts Gay-Friendly Climate, But Rights Fight Faces Religious Firewall

TEL AVIV — As the last Tuesday in February ended, it felt like Israel’s gay community had taken a major step forward. On Feb. 23, eight separate Israeli parliamentary committees convened to discuss a broad set of issues facing the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Lawmakers from a range of parties talked about… Read More

Gloria Harris, Mentor and Matriarch

Gloria Harris, a founder of the Edward A. Myerberg Center who spent much of her life  involved in Baltimore’s Jewish communal organizations, passed away on Feb. 22. She was 91. Her family and friends remember her as a decisive leader and true matriarch. “She was a ball of fire, and she burned to be of… Read More