Locals Raise Money to Protect Front-Line Israeli Medics

Irwin Azman (left) and Eli Burman help their mothers show off an armored vest. (Daniel Nozick)

Two Baltimoreans have successfully led a time-crunched fundraising effort to save Jewish lives in action. The group has raised more than $36,000 since the end of June to provide armored vests to medics on the front lines in Israel, reaching its fundraising goal as of the first week of October. Irwin Azman and Eli Burman,… Read More

PJ Library Brings Tashlich to Eldersburg

PJ Library’s Gabrielle Burger (left) poses with Brenda Footer during a Tashlich event in Eldersburg. (Daniel Nozick)

The Hebrew Learning Center, an independent Hebrew school associated with the Eldersburg Jewish Congregation, partnered with PJ Library to bring Tashlich to the Carroll County town of Eldersburg for the High Holidays. Unlike other Hebrew schools, the students in the 7-year-old program only meet for programs two or three times a month. According to Barbara… Read More

Hogan, Back from Israel, Sees Promise for Partnerships

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said one result of his trip is a five-year extension of the collaboration between the University of Maryland, Baltimore and Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (Daniel Schere)

A state trade mission to a foreign country rarely results in an iconic image. But Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan achieved just that during a weeklong visit to Israel last month. A photo of Hogan, a green kippa on his head, eyes closed in prayer at the Western Wall, made the rounds on social media and… Read More

Bibi, Barack Part Amiably as Chilly US-Israel Relations Thaw

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with President Barack Obama during their meeting at a New York City hotel on Sept. 21. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

When President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for what was likely to be the last time as leaders of their countries, the most  important thing they said was “see you soon.” Netanyahu’s invitation to Obama to visit Israel post-presidency augured a thaw in U.S.-Israel relations, which was also seen in remarks by… Read More

A Heart-to-Hut Celebration At home, in front of apartment buildings, on pickup trucks — Baltimore celebrates Sukkot

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Sukkot is always a drastic transition,  shifting from one of the most solemn days of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur, to one of the most joyous of celebrations. In Baltimore, families will eat and sleep in their sukkahs — temporary, hand-built abodes. Many will host Shabbat dinners, and others, through local  organizations, will have the… Read More

Howard County Sheriff to Resign amid Racist, Anti-Semitic Remarks

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Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald, who recently came under fire for alleged racist and anti-Semitic statements, will resign from office after numerous calls for him to step down. Fitzgerald was expected to sign an agreement Tuesday stating that his last day in office would be Oct. 15, according to Howard County Council Administrator Jessica Feldmark…. Read More

Biden Reflects on Nature of Politics and Greatness of Peres ‘That’s what Shimon did, he touched your heart’

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN REMEMBERS SHIMON PERES AT ADAS ISRAEL CONGREGATION IN WASHINGTON ON THURSDAY.
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Vice President Joe Biden is known for saying what’s on his mind. Sometimes, this works against him, but other times this penchant results in resounding philosophical nuggets. Biden offered one of these Thursday at a Jewish community-sponsored memorial for Shimon Peres, and in the process paid tribute to the former Israeli prime minister and president… Read More

Baltimore’s Jewish Community Remembers Peres

Shimon Peres, pictured at the president’s residence in Jerusalem in 2013. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

With the passing of one of Israel’s last surviving founding fathers on Wednesday, Sept. 28, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shimon Peres, many in the local Jewish community have been left speechless. Considering the wide-spanning reach of Peres’ triumphant legacy, there’s conversely much to be said about the life of this statesman, mentor and friend to so… Read More

Why Uzbekistan’s Jews Already Miss the Iron Fist of Their Late Ruler

Yossif Tilayev is caretaker of the 19th-century Bukharian synagogue in Samarkand, where there is a Jewish population of 200. (Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA)

BUKHARA, Uzbekistan — Driving through this dusty desert city of many ornate and ancient mosques, Shirin Yakubov recalls the ruthlessness of her country’s recently deceased president of 25 years. “He killed all of them, every last one,” she says of Islam  Karimov’s role in the 2005 police massacre of hundreds of suspected Islamists in the… Read More

HoCo Federation Celebrates with Jew Year’s Eve

Attendees enjoyed mingling at the Jewish Federation of Howard County’s Jew Year’s Eve celebration on Sept. 29. (Ross Lewin of LewinCreativeGroup.com)

The Jewish Federation of Howard County kicked off Rosh Hashanah with its Jew Year’s Eve celebration on Sept. 29, a night that brought young adults in the area together to schmooze and help celebrate the holiday. The second annual event, a somewhat formal pre-High Holidays party, included food and an open bar with drinks such… Read More