An Unconventional Tradition Arab Christian Israeli diplomat George Deek to address Beth Am

George Deek will speak at Beth Am Congregation on Yom Kippur, and he is also “very eager to learn” about Americans’ and Jewish Americans’ perception of Middle East events.

In what has become a highly anticipated afternoon of learning, lively exchange and contemplation open to congregants and the community, Beth Am Synagogue’s Yom Kippur afternoon programming this year features Arab Christian Israeli diplomat George Deek, who will share his unique take on current events in the Middle East; annual favorite Rheda Becker with her… Read More

Pikesville Native Finds Her Calling TaketheFight assists cancer patients in navigating the system

A cancer patient and her husband share a supportive moment with TaketheFight Chief Operating Officer Robyn Lessans (right).

College students interested in the health care professions have one more avenue in getting up-close experience, thanks to the work of a driven young woman from Pikesville. Robyn Lessans, a 2015 graduate of Wake Forest University, became  involved with a volunteer organization called TaketheFight two years ago when she was pursuing a philosophy major. TaketheFight… Read More

Shomrim Moves Headquarters to Pickwick East


Shomrim of Baltimore moved to a new apartment last week that will serve as the group’s headquarters. The building housing the previous headquarters, located in the Green Acres apartments at 3607 Fallstaff Road, was condemned after a two-alarm fire in May. The new space at Pickwick East Apartments will be used for equipment storage, meetings… Read More

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Will Not Seek Reelection

BALTIMORE MAYOR - 10.02.2013

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Friday morning that she will not seek reelection in 2016, saying she wants to devote her remaining time in office to the challenges Baltimore faces. “As I prepared to engage in a vigorous mayoral campaign and participated in planning meetings with my campaign team and volunteers, I came to the… Read More

MICA Student Admonished for Pro-Israel Views at Coffee Shop Matt Adelberg says Red Emma’s employees aggressively questioned him over views on Israel

Matt Adelberg, a graduate student at MICA, 
was questioned about his views on Israel 
and Zionism at Red Emma’s bookstore.

Matt Adelberg won’t be going back to Red Emma’s anytime soon. Although it would seem a convenient place to grab a bite to eat and relax for a student of the Maryland Institute College of Art such as himself, an unpleasant exchange with employees regarding Adelberg’s views on Israel has forced him to patronize other… Read More

Technology and Tikkun Olam: In health and medicine, Israel paves the way

A new app — LifeCompass — records incidents and alerts nearby medics and guides them to the scene. (Provided)

Decades have passed since Israelis invented a modernized drip irrigation to maximize limited water supply and make desert bloom, yet Israeli curiosity, drive and ingenuity toward excellence continues to thrive. Israelis are determined to lead in solving some of the most pressing humanitarian challenges. Working on the precepts of tikkun olam, Israel persists at the… Read More

Here’s the Buzz! Bee population has been on steady decline for past decade

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The taste of apples and honey at Rosh Hashanah may make the holiday a little bit sweeter, but a few not-so-sweet trends are endangering some of the world’s most efficient and important pollinators. The bee population has been declining steadily since 2006, when the concept of Colony Collapse Disorder surfaced. CCD occurs when a colony’s… Read More

Apples All-Around From rootstock to Rosh Hashanah

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Jews around the world will bite into succulent apples dipped in honey in the upcoming week, but while Rosh Hashanah only lasts two nights, growing a bountiful apple orchard can take years. Rabbi Susan Grossman, from Beth Shalom Congregation, explained there are several reasons that Jews eat apples on Rosh Hashanah. Aside from the fruit’s… Read More

Shmitah: A Chance to Step Back Agricultural sabbatical year gives Pearlstone and others valuable downtime

Greg Strella, farm director at the Pearlstone Center, stands with cover crops Pearlstone planted to replenish its soil during its shmitah year, which Strella says has been a “rich experience.” (Marc Shapiro)

The Torah mandates that there be a sabbatical year in the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle for Israel. The land is given a rest and agricultural activities — from planting to pruning — are forbidden under Jewish law. In the United States, this shmitah year takes on similar implications, but its message goes… Read More