A Matter of Conversion Targeting modern Orthodox rabbi, Israeli rabbinate draws battle line

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, rabbi of the Jewish settlement of Efrat conducts the Pidyon HaBen ceremony for a 
30-day-old first-born son in Efrat, West Bank last month.
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TEL AVIV — There’s no shortage of Israelis who want to reform the office of the Chief Rabbinate. Ranging from advocates of religion-state separation to leaders of Israel’s non-Orthodox movements to newspaper columnists, some want to end the Rabbinate’s monopoly over the country’s religious services; others want to dissolve it entirely. But this week, the… Read More

Jews Make Booze Father’s Day event includes whiskey history and tasting

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Fathers across the greater Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region will have a chance to relax while also learning about the history of Jewish involvement in the American whiskey making process. The Jewish Museum of Maryland will be hosting a lecture on Sunday by author Reid Mitenbuler, who wrote the recently released “Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future… Read More

Wild Pea Partners with McCormick on Old Bay Hummous

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Baltimore County-based Wild Pea Hummous is now an official brand partner with McCormick, whose company logo can now be found on its Old Bay Hummous. Although Wild Pea has been selling Old Bay Hummous since the company’s founding in 2011, this marks a formal partnership between the companies and allows Wild Pea to promote its… Read More

Perfect Match Hopkins-Technion partnership celebrates 15 years

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About 110 benefactors gathered at the private home of Bruce Sholk and Beth Kaplan in Lutherville May 27 to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the partnership between the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The event also coincided with the 75th anniversary of the partnership between the Technion and… Read More

The Many Lives of Arnold Clapman Renaissance man reconnects to Judaism in Baltimore as he continues lifetime of making music, art

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Five years ago, Arnold David Clapman came to Baltimore, as he said, with his tail between his legs. His marriage had ended, as did his many art classes — which during his 25 years in California included teaching at-risk youth and incarcerated men — when funding dried up. California just didn’t feel like home anymore…. Read More

A Winning Partnership

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Disabilities and diseases may prevent some children and teenagers from playing sports, but thanks to lifelong sports fan Charlie Levine, young men and women can now get involved behind the scenes with local sports teams. The Team Up For 1 Foundation, launched less than a year ago, has sports teams adopt kids ages 5 to… Read More

Girls on the Move

KSDS third- and fourth- grade girls participate in a program that uses running as a platform for exploring girls’ issues within a Jewish context.
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Sunday morning, the sun was shining and the music was blasting at the starting line for the 4th Annual Krieger Schechter on the Move 5K. For one group of runners, it marked the culmination of four months of training and self-discovery. On Tuesday afternoons, the third- and fourth-grade girls would race to the lobby of… Read More

BJC Discusses Agenda Cardin, Gross highlight annual meeting

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The Baltimore Jewish Council’s annual meeting June 4 at Beth El Congregation was packed with political stars from the Jewish community that included U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin and Alan Gross  –  a government contractor who spent five years in a Cuban prison before being released in December 2014. Also present was Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake… Read More

‘A Loving Patriarch’ Robert Hiller, philanthropist, community leader, passes away at 93

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The Baltimore Jewish community said goodbye to a highly influential figure on May 27 when Robert Hiller died at his Florida home at the age of 93. Among his many notable philanthropic accomplishments, Hiller served as executive vice president of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and was also a president of the Zanvyl… Read More