OU Advocates Outline Priorities Busing remains top issue at legislative breakfast

Attendees of the OU Advocacy’s recent legislative breakfast chat up Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford (left of center).
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Community advocates who gathered May 17 for the annual Orthodox Union Advocacy Center’s Maryland Legislative Breakfast to lay out their legislative priorities for the coming year pushed for funding for several programs. But busing for parochial school students remained the focus of the modern Orthodox community. “Our No. 1 priority is getting busing back up… Read More

‘Not Your Bubbie’s Brisket’ With Texas kosher barbecue, JCC Block Party promises to spice thing up

It will be a homecoming for Chaim Goldfeder, who is bringing his kosher barbecue all the way from Dallas. (Provided)

With an 11-foot trailer in tow, Chaim Goldfeder will arrive from Texas to his hometown in time to serve up authentic kosher barbecue at the second annual JCC Community Block Party. Goldfeder, the pit master and proprietor of Texas Kosher BBQ based out of Dallas, plans on giving the attendees of Sunday’s festivities a taste… Read More

One on One County’s top teacher makes it a point to connect with each student

New Town High School teacher Orly Mondell, according to a 
colleague, “is like a magnet that pulls everyone in.” (Provided by Orly Mondell)

Ask Orly Mondell, a ninth-grade teacher at New Town High School, the secret behind her being named Baltimore County’s Teacher of the Year, and she’ll stress her commitment that every student should receive a quality education. After working in the Manhattan public school system in New York City, she has seen students whose parents don’t… Read More

Houston’s Meyerland Surveys Flood Damage

Congregation Beth Israel in Houston was flooded Tuesday after the Brays Bayou overflowed, making Braeswood Blvd impassible.

The devastation from a pattern of torrential rain and flooding that has killed 19 people in Texas and Oklahoma Tuesday is being felt in one neighborhood in Houston where a sizable portion of the city’s Jewish community lies. Houston’s Meyerland neighborhood, which lies on the city’s southwest side, was one of the more heavily affected… Read More

Dollars and Sense Local Hebrew schools feeling the pinch

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Walk through any number of the area’s supplemental Jewish educational programs and it’ll be quickly clear that these aren’t your parents’ Hebrew schools. For them, or perhaps in your own Hebrew school experience, upward of six agonizing hours a week were devoted to rote memorization of prayers and traditions. As The Associated: Jewish Community Federation… Read More

Obama Gets Candid on Middle East President speaks about Israeli policy, Iran deal at Adas Israel

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Adas Israel Congregation Senior Rabbi Gil Steinlauf.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama went on the charm offensive last week, declaring publically what his most ardent Jewish Democratic supporters have said he’s expressed privately: a love of the Jewish people and Israel. Speaking before an audience of 1,000 at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., Obama joked about his status as the “first… Read More

Repair the World Takes a Step Back Organization will use next year to re-evaluate its strategy in Baltimore

Repair the World fellows in Baltimore helped Civic Works transform vacant lots into community green spaces last year. (Photo by David Stuck)

Repair the World launched almost two years ago with the mission of making volunteerism a crucial part of young adult Jewish life in Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. With about 10 post-college-aged fellows in each city, each Repair the World chapter ingrained itself in neighborhoods, worked with various community organizations and nonprofits and has worked… Read More

Reform Biennial to Feature Presidential Hopefuls

“Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd has been tapped to host a presidential candidates’ forum at the Union for Reform Judaism’s biennial in November. The NBC News political director will interview 2016 presidential candidates one-on-one and give the hopefuls an opportunity to answer questions from URJ leadership and biennial delegates at the event scheduled for… Read More