Lighting the Way

In its first three days, the crowdsourced fundraising campaign for the Kosher Switch nearly met its $50,000 goal.

NEW YORK — It promises a revolutionary innovation that could transform Jewish Sabbath observance. By changing the way a light switch works, the patented Kosher Switch offers a novel — and, its backers say, kosher — way to turn light switches (and, perhaps, other electrical appliances) on and off during Shabbat, circumventing one of the… Read More

My Vote, Our Israel

The second World Zionist Congress was held in Basel, Switzerland in 1898. (Public Domain)

The deadline is rapidly approaching on the other Israel election. April 30 is the last day eligible U.S. voters can cast a ballot for representation to the 37th World Zionist Congress, the legislative branch of the World Zionist Organization, which meets every five years to decide matters related to global Jewry and Zionism and oversees… Read More

At Home in the Lab

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BEERSHEVA, Israel — In sync with a worldwide momentum to attract more women to STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — for their study and career choices, Israel’s Council for Higher Education (CHE) is spearheading a concerted nationwide effort to attract and retain more women into academia in those fields. The results from… Read More

‘Exit Berlin’ an American Story

“Exit Berlin” tells the story of American-born Arnold Hatch (above) and his German cousin, Luzie Hatch (below), as they try to help family 
still in Europe during World War II. (Photos Courtesy of Exit Berlin)

As director of the American Jewish Committee’s Archives and Records Center, Charlotte Bonelli is often offered collections of records and letters. They don’t always pan out, so when she was offered Luzie Hatch’s letters, her inclination was to pass. But at the urging of an estate executor, Bonelli took a look at Hatch’s collection. Hatch,… Read More

Sense of Urgency

FBI Director James Comey (Photo United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Addressing the guests of the United States Holocaust Mem-orial Museum’s 2015 National Tribute dinner, keynote speaker FBI Director James Comey called the Holocaust the most significant event in human history. “It is of course significant because it was the most horrific display in the world of inhumanity,” Comey told the 1,000 donors, dignitaries and survivors… Read More

Bais Yaakov May Sell Owings Mills Campus

Citing growth in enrollment, Bais Yaakov School for Girls officials said the Jewish day school could sell the Owings Mills home of its elementary school and expand the Smith Avenue campus now housing its middle and high schools. “We’d like to do whatever we can to make it easier for our parents,” said Sandy Nissel,… Read More

3 Area Camps ‘Go Fishing’

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Three area Jewish summer camps have been named new partners with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation while a fourth camp was tapped to receive a challenge grant. Baltimore overnight camps Gan Israel Northeast and Tizmoret Shoshana and day camp Milldale are three of only 16 camps selected as new affiliates of the JCamp180 program, which assists… Read More

JCC Beefs Up Security

On Monday, April 20, the JCC of Greater Baltimore increased security precautions at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC. The security guard in the main lobby will now be armed, and a uniformed, but not armed, security guard will be stationed at the campus’ Early Childhood Education Center (ECE). The Weinberg Park Heights JCC already had armed… Read More

Legacy Lives On

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The band leader calls out, “Four, five, six, seven!” and the 20-piece ensemble springs to life with the opening bars of the iconic jazz number “Whiplash.” This Sunday evening, the Hank Levy Legacy Band will pay tribute to its namesake, Henry Jacob Levy, at Towson University, where he led the jazz program for 21 years…. Read More

Bais Yaakov May Sell Owings Mills Campus

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Citing growth in enrollment, Bais Yaakov School for Girls officials said the school could sell its Owings Mills campus and expand its Smith Avenue campus. “We’d like to do whatever we can to make it easier for our parents,” said Sandy Nissel, the school’s chief operating officer. That may mean selling its campus on Park… Read More