Providing the Highest Form of Charity

Eleven years ago, 8,600 residents from 17 Israeli settlements that made up Gush Katif — a small sliver of land on the Gaza Strip that Israelis and Palestinians transformed from desert to fertile agricultural ground — were forcibly  removed from their homes. Gush Katif was placed intentionally as a security island of Israelis surrounded by… Read More

Israel Takes Anti-Boycott Fight to Halls of UN

It was an incongruous sight: The U.N. General Assembly hall filled to capacity with 1,500 cheering people waving miniature Israeli flags and singing “Hatikvah,” Israel’s national anthem. No, hell hadn’t frozen over. The occasion was a one-day conference hosted by Israel’s U.N. mission devoted to fighting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against the Jewish… Read More

Rock the Block

The threat of rain didn’t stop more than 3,000 people from attending the JCC’s third annual Community Block Party. Although the party was moved inside the Owings Mills JCC, attendees interacted with about 80 partners and sponsors and about 25 vendors selling everything from food to wares to jewelry and art, spread out from the… Read More

Clash of Countries, Mix of Cultures

Lyubov Ostrovska and Vitaly Kroner have shaped their careers based on the needs of the societies in which they’ve lived. Ostrovska has worked as a biologist in both an academic and research-based environment, developing a method for cancer treatment. Kroner was an electrical engineer for nearly two decades before purchasing a tax office in 2007…. Read More

Rice, Mayors Highlight AJC Global Forum

More than 2,700 Jews from 70 countries packed the Washington Hilton earlier this week for the American Jewish Committee’s annual Global Forum, which brings together leaders from around the world to discuss major issues of concern for the Jewish community. Highlighting the three-day conference was a “world leader’s plenary” session on Monday night that featured… Read More

Nature and Numbers Inspire Temple’s Stained Glass

Temple Isaiah sits in a rural area of Howard County. In the sanctuary, two tall, narrow, clear glass windows flank the bima — and by extension the Torah. That’s how things had stood since the Reform congregation moved in 13 years ago. Last week, however, those windows were replaced by six custom-made stained glass panels…. Read More

Mid-Atlantic Media Honored by MDDC

The Baltimore Jewish Times added to its publishing honors last month at the MDDC Press Association’s Editorial Awards luncheon, held May 13 at the BWI Westin hotel in Linthicum. Besting publications such as The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun, the JT’s interim managing editor, Melissa Gerr, won Best in Show for arts and entertainment… Read More

Fed Live! Honors Members, Celebrates Community

This year’s Jewish Federation of Howard County’s Fed Live! Stars & Stripes is sold out, and with good reason. On June 9, more than 400 attendees will enjoy the witty “we put the mock in Democracy” entertainment of The Capitol Steps and also have an opportunity to Give for Good. Fed Live! is about honoring… Read More