‘A Great Meeting Place of Ideas’ Jews from across country to gather in D.C for National Retreat

Attendees of the 2014 National Jewish Retreat mark the end of Shabbat on Aug. 9 with a musical Havdalah ceremony at the Palmer House Hilton.

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, the adult education arm of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, will host its 10th annual National Jewish Retreat at the Omni Shoreham resort in Washington, D.C.,  from Aug. 11 to Aug. 16, featuring some of the most influential rabbis and lay leaders from across the country as guest speakers, with an expected… Read More

Mayor Replaces Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts was replaced by deputy commissioner Kevin Davis

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks at the groundbreaking of Renaissance Gardens, a 60-unit independent apartment building to benefit limited-income seniors.

Following months of unrest since the death of Freddie Gray after sustaining injuries while in police custody — May was Baltimore’s deadliest month in 40 years — and increasing public scrutiny of the city’s efforts to stem the violence, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday replaced Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts. Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis,… Read More

Jewish Groups Decry UCC BDS Resolution ‘It contributes nothing to peace’

The United Church of Christ passed a resolution last week calling for the boycott and divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. The resolution, which passed 508-124 at the 30th General Synod in Cleveland on June 30, was submitted by the Central Atlantic Conference of the UCC, which represents 167… Read More

Sharff to Head Board of Rabbis

Rabbi Benjamin Sharff (Justin Tsucalas)

Rabbi Benjamin Sharff of Har Sinai Congregation has been chosen to lead the Baltimore Board of Rabbis for the upcoming year. Sharff has been the senior rabbi there for the past six years and previously was the associate rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Tuscon, Ariz. He earned a degree in psychology from the University of… Read More

Sheila Dixon Announces Mayoral Candidacy Longtime public servant wants her old job back

Sheila Dixon (Debro18/Wikimedia Commons)

Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon announced her candidacy for the city’s top office last week. She will face incumbent Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in the primary on April 26, 2016, which falls during Passover. She is the first challenger to enter the race. Dixon, the city’s first African-American female to serve as City Council president and the… Read More

Hogan Pledges Additional $5 Million for Reisterstown Road

A third lane will be added to a stretch of Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills in anticipation of increased traffic from development. Reisterstown Road, which is also State Route 140, will be widened in the northbound direction from Painters Mill Road to Garrison View Road, which spans about a quarter of a mile, with construction… Read More

The Associated Looks Back

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Approximately 200 members of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore gathered at Beth Tfiloh Congregation June 24 for their annual end-of-year meeting at which they reviewed the past year’s events. Gov. Larry Hogan was slated as the keynote speaker but was unable to attend due to his recently announced health issues with non-Hodgkins lymphoma…. Read More

Susan G. Komen Maryland Honored

Susan G. Komen Maryland’s Regional Breast Health Consortia Program received the 2015 Exemplary Collaboration Award from the statewide Maryland Cancer Collaborative. Present to receive the award on behalf of the entire Komen Maryland team were Kelly Kesler, community health director, Lori Yates, community health manager, and Komen board member Phyllis Gray. The program brings together… Read More