NKF-MD Earns Four Stars

The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland’s fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned the non-profit its first four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Charity Navigator uses objective, data-driven analysis to provide essential information needed to give donors greater confidence in their charitable selections. “Out of the thousands… Read More

BJC Names New Executive Director Howard Libit to take position in May

Howard Libit (Photo by Marc Shapiro)

The Baltimore Jewish Council named Howard Libit its next executive director on Thursday, Dec. 17. Libit is currently the treasurer of the BJC and the public affairs chief and director of strategic planning and policy at the office of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The BJC voted unanimously for Libit to succeed executive director Art Abramson at… Read More

District 11 Team Endorses Van Hollen for Senate

Maryland’s District 11 team of Sen. Bobby Zirkin and Delegates Shelly Hettleman, Dan Morhaim and Dana Stein has announced its endorsement of Congressman Chris Van Hollen for U.S. Senate. Van Hollen, a Montgomery County Democrat, faces Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Prince George’s County in the Democratic primary race to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who… Read More

Leading Through Action Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, brings its winter leadership summit to Baltimore

Residents of Peregrine’s Landing at Tudor Heights joined members of Yachad, the National Jewish Council for  Disabilities, for a challah bake on Dec. 20. The event concluded Yachad’s weekend-long leadership summit. (Daniel Schere)

About 45 teenagers and young adults with special needs from around the country arrived in Baltimore last weekend for a leadership summit and Shabbaton with Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities. The group participated in a combination of training sessions and volunteering opportunities, which concluded  Sunday with a challah bake between participants and residents… Read More

Confronting Racism, Oppression Event hosted by JUFJ, BJC addresses issues of racial injustice, privilege

The Baltimore Jewish Council and Jews United for Justice hosted “Lighting a Fire for Racial Justice” in which participants discussed racism, oppression  and privilege.  (Marc Shapiro)

On the second night of Chanukah, about 40 people gathered in the  community room of the Park Heights JCC. While prayers were sung and menorahs were lit, the occasion was not to celebrate Chanukah, but to use the holiday to address and understand racism and oppression. “During Chanukah, we’re encouraged to place a menorah in… Read More

Baltimore Families Reconnect to N.J. Shul Effort to revitalize Torahs leads man on a sacred journey

These atzei chaim, Torah rollers, were dedicated to Samuel Kossman, who has a grandson in Baltimore. (Provided)

On some Shabbats, Fair Lawn, N.J., resident Jerry Schranz goes on a three-mile walk to Paterson, which was once a very Jewish area. There, he and  a few others hold a minyan in the basement of  independent-living facility Federation Apartments. With the two Torahs that belong to the synagogue — known as the Paterson Shul… Read More

Community Calendar Conundrum HoCo Jewish community fights to keep schools closed on High Holy Days

President of the Howard County Board of Rabbis, Rabbi Susan Grossman, testifies at the board of education meeting. (Marc Shapiro)

Members of the Howard County Jewish community were out in force at a board of education meeting that addressed a possible change in the public school system’s calendar on Dec. 17. The change, concerning whether or not schools should remain open on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, presented two options. One maintains the current calendar,… Read More

A Call for Reform In wake of Freddie Gray mistrial, Jewish community, activists call for systemic change

(BRYAN WOOLSTON/REUTERS/Newscom)

After the mistrial of  Officer William Porter, the first of six officers facing charges in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, protesters hit the streets for what they saw as an injustice. But many in Baltimore’s Jewish community say Porter’s complex trial further highlighted the need for police reform and a change in police… Read More

Repairing a Broken System Jews United for Justice begins fight to ease life for renters in Baltimore

Members of Jews United for Justice demostrate near City Hall in Baltimore as part of an effort to improve conditions for tenants going to rent court.

Baltimore’s chapter of Jews United for Justice has embarked on a new campaign aimed at removing obstacles tenants often face when going to rent court. The project, known as the 7,000 Families Campaign, comes in response to a report released this month by the Public Justice Center, which states that 7,000 is the number of… Read More

Ex-peace negotiator says … Israel must ‘shape reality’

Udi Dekel brought his ideas for peace to Temple Micah in Washington.

To remain a Jewish and democratic state, Israel must separate itself from the Palestinians now, a former Israeli peace negotiator told a Washington audience last week. Retired Brig. Gen. Udi Dekel struck a note of urgency, saying Israel cannot afford to wait for the outcome of a future round of negotiations because the status quo… Read More