Cardin, Ruppersberger Talk Defense, Iran with Netanyahu

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger recently met separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss Iran, defense and the U.S.- Israel relationship moving forward. Cardin and three other senators visited Israel, Qatar and Saudi Arabia to gauge the climate in the region and alliances with the United States after the passage… Read More

Mercaz Celebrates New Building

Hundreds marched and danced down Green Meadow Parkway in the late afternoon on Sunday, singing and dancing around the newly inscribed Torah as a band played and sang celebratory songs. It was the chanukas habayis (housewarming or home dedication) and hachnasas sefer Torah (inauguration of a Torah scroll) for Mercaz Torah U’Tefilla, a Chasidic congregation… Read More

Youthful Baltimorean Brings New Energy to Old Problem

Helping others is a value deeply rooted in Jewish tradition, and Stephanie Fishkin has taken it to heart through her community-service project for which she’ll gather backpacks, linens, clothing and other items for those in need. Her efforts and level of hands-on involvement are  exceeding the expectations of the community, especially since the Mount Washington… Read More

Israeli Community Emissaries Reflect on Culture Swap

Israel is, and likely will continue to be, a hot-button issue in American politics, but trying to define an entire country by a few politicians who garner international  attention can be a mistake. That’s where the role of the shlichim, or emissaries, comes in to play. The goal of the community shlichim is to break… Read More

Pieces of Owings Mills Mall Up for Auction

From vacuums to flagpoles to dressing rooms, remnants of the Owings Mills Mall are up for bidding in an online  auction that runs until April 21. Kimco Realty paid $11.5 million for General Growth Properties’ 50 percent share of the mall earlier this year and also purchased the parcels owned by J.C. Penney and Macy’s… Read More

County Police Arrest Two for Attempted Burglary, Auto Theft

Baltimore County Police  arrested a 17-year-old male and a 19-year-old male, both from Baltimore, in connection with auto theft and attempted burglary in the early morning hours of March 22. Baltimore County Police  responded to the 2300 block of Blackberry Road at 3:15 a.m. for a report of suspicious individuals walking through the neighborhood pulling… Read More

Blumberg Turns Survival into Advocacy

After a lengthy battle with colon cancer, Edel Blumberg, a “two-and-a-half” time survivor, took ownership of his illness by founding the Semi-Colon Club to raise awareness of the disease and its preventability. Diagnosed with Crohn’s and colitis — both forms of irritable bowel disease that are often precursors to colon cancer — by age 15,… Read More

On the Watch for Child Sexual Abuse

The packed room sat silent at Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Congregation last weekend, as about 150 people watched a 15-minute video of several adult survivors recounting their stories of childhood sexual abuse that happened within their Orthodox Jewish communities — committed by camp counselors, rabbis and other authority figures — some of which lasted over… Read More

Remembering Irvin Pollack: Pioneer Surgeon, Family Man

Dr. Irvin Pollack, a native Baltimorean and founder of the Krieger Eye Institute, passed away after a battle with melanoma on March 1. He was 85 years old. Pollack, born on Lanvale Street in 1931, received his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and pursued medicine at the University of Maryland Medical School. His wife… Read More

Four Questions Notions of Passover through a contemporary lens

Themes of oppression, affliction, soul-searching and liberation hold great importance in the Passover story, one that recounts the Jewish people’s escape from bondage, their exodus from Egypt and their eventual freedom. As we prepare to revisit and recount that story of Passover — a time during which, among many observances, we’re encouraged to question the… Read More