Out in the Open

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It’s no doubt at the forefront of the minds of the approximately 45 attendees at this weekend’s Eshel retreat — designed to support Orthodox parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children — that the Supreme Court will hear arguments to decide whether the Constitution allows for a state to deny same-sex couples their right… Read More

Mimouna 5775

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With red fezzes perched on their heads and sweet treats in hand, Baltimore Jews marked the end of Passover with a Mimouna celebration. Nearly 150 community members attended the Sunday event co-sponsored by Chevrei Tzedek Congregation and the Baltimore Zionist District and supported by a Jewish Education Enhancement Project grant from the Macks Center for… Read More

Future of Mosque Uncertain

AMC Baltimore bought the Slade mansion with the intention of renovating it and using it as their house of worship.
(David Stuck)

The building at the corner of Park Heights and Slade avenues was supposed to open as the new home of the Ahmadi Muslim mosque, but it appears that its doors remain closed. As of the last JT reporting, the Muslim congregation was using its location on Garrison Boulevard for worship and Sunday school until the… Read More

State’s Chief Judge Appoints Staff Chief

Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera has named Suzanne Schneider as her chief of staff. Schneider, who had been the assistant court administrator for the Montgomery County Circuit Court, began her new duties March 11. As chief of staff, Schneider reports directly to Barbera and will manage the daily operations of the… Read More

Letzer New Historical Society Director

The board of trustees of the Maryland Historical Society has named Mark B. Letzer as its new executive director. Letzer brings to the Society more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of museum operations, including exhibitions, fundraising, community outreach, publications and management. Letzer will begin his new position on July 1. “Mark [brings]… Read More

Bogen Named MICA Provost

The Maryland Institute College of Art has announced the appointment of David Bogen as the college’s next provost and vice president for academic affairs, beginning in August. Bogen brings 20 years of diverse experiences in higher education program development, research strategies, partnership building and internationalization to MICA. He currently serves as vice president and provost… Read More

UMMC Appoints Board of Directors

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), the flagship institution of the 12-hospital University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), has announced its newly elected board of directors. UMMC serves as a destination campus for the most complex levels of patient care in the State of Maryland. This unique role places UMMC in a central position… Read More

Levin: FPMA President

Baltimore native Dr. Stephen Levin was recently named incoming president of the Florida Podiatric Medical Association. Levin is certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He served as the president of the Hillsborough County Podiatric Medical Association for 10 years and was selected a Young Practitioner of the Year in 2005… Read More

Carefirst Gives $250K to Training Facility

The University of Maryland Medical Center has announced that CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has awarded a $250,000 grant to the capital campaign for the Center for Critical Care and Trauma Education at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. The Center for Critical Care and Trauma Education, under the leadership of medical director… Read More

A Real Concern

Secretary of State John Kerry meets with foreign ministers in Lausanne, Switzerland, during negotiations with Iranian leaders about the future of their nuclear program. (State Department photo/SIPA/Newscom)

Israeli politicians and American Jewish organizations were nearly unanimous this week in voicing concern and skepticism about the framework nuclear agreement reached between a U.S.-led coalition of six nations and Iran last Thursday. The deal, they say, does not go far enough to prevent the threat of a nuclear-armed Tehran in the near future. Shortly… Read More