Police Assure Jewish Community of Safety During High Holidays

Officers from the Baltimore Police Department held a press conference Sept. 8 outlining the areas of increased police coverage in Upper Park Heights during the High Holidays. Maj. Marc Partee, commanding officer in the Northwestern District, said there will be a command truck that will be staffed and have active lights at night. There will also… Read More

Israel Bonds Welcome New Campaign Partners

Israel Bonds Maryland announced the addition of two new partners to its High Holiday campaign: the Haron Dahan Foundation and Sandra R. and Malcolm C. Berman. They join longtime partners The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and Hopkins Federal Savings Bank in the 100 percent matching campaign. The four partners will provide matching funds… Read More

Beth El Opens Downtown Preschool

Preschool teacher Leah Zipkin plays with her students on the first day of school at Beth El's new preschool in Federal Hill.

Beth El Congregation opened a new preschool in Federal Hill on Monday, Aug. 31. The new school, part of Beth El’s continuing efforts to serve the Jewish community where they are, has eight students enrolled for this school year. It is the seventh location for Beth El’s Hebrew School in Your Neighborhood, which serves the… Read More

Done Deal 41 senators back Iran agreement


The nuclear agreement with Iran will likely survive the Senate, as President Barack Obama on Tuesday garnered the final votes he needed to block a vote on a resolution of disapproval. In quick succession, three Democratic senators — Ron Wyden (Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), both Jewish, and Gary Peters (Mich.) — announced they would vote… Read More

At What Cost? As times change, synagogues rethink traditional membership dues


As Jews around the world prepare to usher in a new year with the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, more synagogues around the country are reconsidering whether  mandatory dues should be treated like 5775: left in the past. The traditional model for membership has synagogues dictate to their members how much money they should contribute each… Read More

It’s Not Over Till It’s Over Community assembles to reject deal, get word out

About two dozen people assembled at the intersection of Old Court Road and Park Heights Avenue for about four hours on Sunday and on Monday at Slade and Park Heights avenues. Participants waved U.S and Israeli flags and held placards that read, “We need a Better Deal,” “Reject Bad Iran Deal” and “Congress: Say No to Iran Deal.” Some drivers honked their car horns in solidarity.  Photo: Melissa Gerr

Even though President Barack Obama secured his key 34th supporter in the Senate for the Iran nuclear deal, vigils were still held in protest and concern, organized by Baltimore Zionist District calling for politicians to reject the deal and also to get out the word to the community. About two dozen people assembled at the… Read More

Cardin Will Oppose Iran Deal


On Friday, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said he will vote against the Iran nuclear agreement. The junior senator from Maryland wrote in an op-ed published in The Washington Post, “This is a close call, but after a lengthy review, I will vote to disapprove the deal. The JCPOA legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program. After 10 to… Read More

‘Everything I Believe In’ Meet J Street U’s new Muslim president, Amna Farooqi


Amna Farooqi, the new president of J Street U, the campus branch of the liberal, self-described pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby group, is a Muslim of Pakistani descent. She has no plans to convert to Judaism, though she does consider herself “culturally Jewish,” having grown up in heavily Jewish Montgomery County. She has long been open about… Read More

Something for Everybody For area rabbis, a High Holiday sermon that resonates is the ultimate goal


Next to writing a dissertation, crafting an effective High Holiday sermon may seem like one of the more monumental achievements for any writer. But talk to rabbis from congregations of all sorts in Baltimore and it becomes apparent that they have it down to a science. Rabbi Benjamin Sharff of Har Sinai Congregation uses a… Read More