Schleifer Announces City Council Run 26-year-old faces Spector, the council’s longest-serving member

Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer
 (FeeBee Photography)

Cheswolde resident Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer announced his candidacy for Baltimore City’s Fifth District on Wednesday. He challenges Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector, the longest-serving council member at 38 years. Schleifer is a 26-year-old lifelong resident of the city’s Fifth District and is involved in a variety of Jewish and neighborhood organizations. He is the vice president… Read More

POW! BAM! SHABBAT! Beth Shalom, bar mitzvah await ‘super’ visit from DC Comics editor

Eli Kuperman will have his bar mitzvah on Sept. 5, the Saturday morning after the Superhero Shabbat event.

Beth Shalom Congregation is hosting a Superhero Shabbat on Sept. 4, inspired by the theme of Eli Kuperman’s bar mitzvah the next day, which will feature Robert “Bob” Greenberger, former “Star Trek” writer and editor/ publishing executive at DC Comics. “We were thinking about bar mitzvah themes and my first thought was sports, but it’s… Read More

Upscale Experience Intimate bistro setting is perfect for Magdalena chef’s delicious cuisine

The 18-room Ivy Hotel in Baltimore opened earlier this summer, along with its restaurant, Magdalena.

Mark Levy, executive chef of the newly opened restaurant Magdalena, housed in the luxury boutique Ivy Hotel on Biddle Street in midtown, said when he arrived in Baltimore he wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The England native has worked at upscale restaurants in cities such as London and Paris, becoming exposed to various types… Read More

‘What Do You Think I Should Do?’ Being pro-Israel comes with ‘wrenching’ choices, J Street U students tell Hillel CEO

Eric Fingerhut, Hillel International president, addresses J Street U students, 
as Amna Farooqi, J Street U president and Benjy Cannon, former J Street U 
president, listen.

J Street U student leaders did not want to talk about inclusion on campus. More than 120 of them had come to “talk about the occupation and the two-state solution,” Amna Farooqi, the newly elected president of the student arm of J Street, told Hillel International’s president during a Monday meeting in Chevy Chase, Md.,… Read More

Tourism to Israel Is Down, but Optimism Abounds Despite decline in visitors, experts remain positive about country’s tourist offerings


Senior reporter Marc Shapiro recently traveled to Israel as part of a Jewish press trip that was sponsored by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. The weeklong trip, from July 22 to 28, allowed Shapiro and seven other journalists to travel throughout the country to Jerusalem, the Negev Desert, Tel Aviv, Jaffa and more. The following articles… Read More

‘Finally Happening’ Baltimore, Rockville lone soldiers make aliyah this month

232 new immigrants arrived in Israel with Nefesh B’Nefesh, including 59 men and women who will volunteer for the IDF. The lone soldiers pause for a photo upon landing. (Provided)

Eliezer Rappoport, Gidon Herschander and Gil Kuttler made aliyah Aug. 17 with 60 others from across the country as incoming lone soldiers, immigrants who serve in the Israel Defense Forces but do not have immediate family in Israel. They are traveling with Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organization that helps people make aliyah by removing the professional,… Read More

Mama’s Mundel Bread Single mother of three realizes her sweet edible dream

Jennifer Dansicker and her daughter, Audrey, prepare to put a batch of mundel bread into the oven at Rosendorff’s Artisan Bakery. (Photo by Daniel Schere)

Traditionally, mundel bread, or mandelbrot, is not always the most popular sweet Jewish delicacy, but imagine one with a fluffy, almost cakelike texture with chocolate chips buried like treasures and a generous coating of cinnamon and sugar. Baking the sweet treat has been always been a hobby for Owings Mills’ Jennifer Dansicker, but last month… Read More

What happens next? With a vote on Iran nuclear deal approaching, expert weighs in on likely outcomes


Congress has less than a month left to review the Iran nuclear agreement before it comes to an expected vote in mid-September. Despite opponents lobbying hard and spending millions to sway undecided lawmakers, President Barack Obama may still get his way, the Senate majority leader said recently. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), according to the Associated… Read More

Museum on the Seam: Not Your Average Art Venue Jerusalem sociopolitical art museum in danger of shutting down

A banner declaring “The Revolution Is Not Over” greets museum visitors. (Photo by Marc Shapiro)

When people think of Jerusalem, biblical history comes to mind: the Western Wall, the Old City and other sacred relics of the past. But situated in a modest building on the borders of Mea Shearim, Musara and East Jerusalem is what one might call an anomaly for Jerusalem, a contemporary art museum with alluring and… Read More