Protecting Israel’s Coastline

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When Israel comes to mind, it typically evokes thoughts of the country’s rich history or the ongoing conflict in the region today. Few may think in terms of its natural resources, namely its coastline and access to the Mediterranean. But those resources were front and center on Nov. 17 when EcoOcean partnered with the National… Read More

You Should Know … Daniel Gomberg

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Cobbling shoes was not the first career choice Daniel Gomberg had in mind growing up, but it is a trade he has mastered in a relatively short period of time. Since opening Charm City Shoe Repair inside Majestic Cleaners in Roland Park this past May, Gomberg, 25, has earned the moniker “shoe doctor” from his… Read More

Jewish Life in Vermont In the picturesque countryside, do-it-yourself Judaism creates connections

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“No one comes to Vermont to be Jewish.” Susan Leff, executive director of Jewish Communities of Vermont (JCVT), isn’t trying to be glib. She’s simply acknowledging a basic reality about her adopted state: When most people think of populous, thriving, prototypically Jewish communities, they generally think of places such as Boca Raton, Fla., or Crown… Read More

New Director, New Direction at UMBC Hillel

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Jeremy Fierstien, 33, originally pursued rabbinical school for selfish reasons — he wanted to affirm his own Judaism. But about halfway through his tenure at Hebrew College in Massachusetts, he decided he could use the rabbinate as a vehicle to make sure more Jews grew up with positive Jewish experiences that Fierstien felt were lacking… Read More

Interfaith Lecture Aims to Bridge Divide

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In a time of sweeping anti-Semitism and Islamophobia rocking minority communities across the country, the push for religious understanding and partnership is on a lot of people’s minds. For the second straight year, Beth Shalom Congregation and the Howard County Muslim Council have offered a class to help shed light on those topics. The class,… Read More

Baltimore Firefighters Help Battle Blazes in Israel

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When a rash of wildfires spread in Israel last week, a group of Americans were ready to drop everything and head overseas to help the Jewish state. “The motherland called,” Capt. Scott Goldstein of the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company said via email from Israel. “Outside of America, there is no other country on the planet… Read More

Kamenetz: Police Will Not Help Deport Students

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Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, addressing a hot-button issue that has swept the nation since Donald Trump was elected president, on Monday pledged his support to safeguard students at Baltimore County colleges who arrived in the United States as undocumented children from deportation. In a letter addressed to the presidents of the Community College of… Read More

BT Seventh-Graders Tour White House with Weissman

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Nearly 60 seventh-grade students from Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School were treated to a tour of the White House’s East Wing as well as the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which is not open to the public, on Nov. 2. Chanan Weissman, a BT alumnus who was appointed as the White House’s Jewish community liaison in… Read More

ADL Reports Surge in Donations Following Election

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The Anti-Defamation League has seen a spike in donations following Donald Trump’s win in the presidential election and a spate of anti-Semitic and racist incidents around the country. The day after the election, the ADL saw a 50-fold increase in the number of online daily donations, according to Todd Gutnick, the organization’s vice president for… Read More

Rabbis on Trump: ‘We Have to Stand Up for Civil Liberties’

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Rabbi Ron Shulman, clad in a flashy suit and wearing reading glasses, took to the lectern with a folded-up piece of paper to which he rarely needed to refer. He might have forecasted the emotion that would soon accompany his words, drawing on similar sentiments the crowd shared. A little more than a minute into… Read More