JWGF Awards $100K

Baltimore City was the big winner of grant money awarded from the Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation of Baltimore, a program of Associated Women within The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. A total of $108,600 was granted to seven organizations that improve the lives of women and girls, six of which are located in Baltimore… Read More

Benchworks CEO Is Entrepreneur Finalist

Ernst & Young has announced that CEO Thad L. Bench Sr. of Benchworks is a finalist for the 2015 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Maryland Region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities…. Read More

ACP Awards Levine

Myron M. Levine, the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s associate dean for Global Health, Vaccinology and Infectious Diseases, has been awarded the American College of Physicians Award for Science for Outstanding Work in Science as Related to Medicine. The American College of Physicians is the national organization of internists. Levine received the award April… Read More

70 Years Strong Associated Women celebrate decades of dedication to Baltimore’s Jewish community

From left: Ellen Macks, past president, Rina Janet, immediate past president, and Michelle Lax, president of Associated Women, celebrate 70 years of action and accomplishment at the organization’s annual meeting. (David Stuck)

The crowd of approximately 150 women assembled last week in Beth El Congregation’s Offit Auditorium for their annual meeting, and to commemorate 70 years of action and accomplishment by Associated Women, was a living representation of the span of service and philanthropy that has benefited the greater Baltimore area and beyond since the end of… Read More

The Changing Face of Eastern Shore Jewry With most descendants of original settlers gone, Jewish community finds new life in new places

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An unassuming, one-room brick building lies on Third Street in Pocomoke City, adjacent to a home, a cemetery and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. A weathered blue-and-white wooden Jewish star hangs over the entranceway. It’s easy to pass by without knowing that it served four generations of Maryland’s Eastern Shore Jews before closing in the late… Read More

Uncertain Future BDS ties to trade package riles pro-Israel community

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Despite unprecedented Democratic backing, including the overwhelming support of the Senate Finance Committee that approved it more than a month ago, Congress’ only legislative volley in the war against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement faces an uncertain future on Capitol Hill. In advance of a likely vote Wednesday on the so-called Trade Promotion… Read More

Hogan Announces He Has Cancer

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Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with Stage 3 non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer, which he described as  “very advanced and very aggressive,” according to reports. Hogan, 59, canceled several events after returning from a recent trip to Asia two weeks ago. He said he would not step down and… Read More

‘This is Just the Beginning’ Local, national Jewish organizations reach out to AME Church community in Charleston

Charleston residents during a prayer vigil outside the Morris Brown AME church
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After nine people were killed by 21-year-old gunman Dylann Roof during a prayer study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Thursday, many, including the local Jewish community in Charleston, S.C., reached out to comfort and support their neighbors and publicly denounced the act as a hate crime against the African-American community. Rabbi Stephanie… Read More

Voice of The Godz Musician Larry Kessler, 73, reflects on his unsuccessful but highly influential band from the ’60s

Larry Kessler holds The Godz’s second album in his record shop. He is second from the right on the album cover.

They made animal noises, they taunted their audiences, they’d talk on their records. The word ‘dissonant’ doesn’t quite do the band’s auditory shenanigans justice. Even Lou Reed thought they were strange. The Godz were unpopular, unappreciated and unsuccessful in their time as a band from 1965 to 1968. “Anybody who knew us, they claimed that… Read More