Candidates on Parade at Jewish GOP Gathering

Nearly 700 Jewish Republicans gathered at the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington, D.C., on Thursday to hear from Republican presidential candidates. The forum, sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition, is the only event outside of the debates in which the 14 remaining candidates are scheduled to attend. “We absolutely need a Republican president in the White… Read More

Keeping a Low Profile How the world’s longest-running Chabad house survives in Morocco

CASABLANCA, Morocco — Raizel Raskin’s office feels like a cluttered museum of Moroccan Jewish heritage. A photo from an old Jewish summer camp lies on the table. Another, of a rabbi meeting Moroccan dignitaries, hangs on the wall. Outside the door is a bookshelf filled with Hasidic tracts translated into Arabic. But the rest of… Read More

Charm City Banners Show Post-Terror Solidarity

Baltimore sent its love and support to a Nov. 26 wedding in Israel after the bride’s father and brother were killed by a Palestinian gunman. On Nov. 13, just four days before Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel were to be married, her father and brother were killed while traveling to visit family for Shabbat. The… Read More

Students Dedicate Plaque to Late Teacher

Louisa May Alcott School No. 59’s  reunion committee dedicated a plaque to the memory of its former teacher, Audrey H. Glassman, at Northwest Hospital on Nov. 17. “This bench in front of the Northwest Hospital Center is very appropriate as Mrs. Glassman and her husband, Henry, volunteered many hours for this institution,” Robert Cohen said… Read More

Reactions Vary to Hogan’s Request to Halt Syrian Refugees

Gov. Larry Hogan’s announcement last month that he is requesting federal authorities to stop allowing Syrian refugees into Maryland until security is assured has drawn praise and condemnation from local officials. Hogan’s statement said safety and security of Marylanders is his top priority. “Following the terrorist attacks on Paris [on Nov. 13], and after careful… Read More

Up Close and Personal Photographer focuses on the soldier experience in Afghanistan

Robert Cunningham has made four trips to Afghanistan, been involved in more than 140 combat missions and met countless soldiers, but he is not a serviceman; he is a photographer. Cunningham, who visited the Baltimore Camera Club last month, joined forces with Steve Hartov, an ex-Israeli paratrooper, novelist and military journalist, to create “Afghanistan: On… Read More

New Center for Teen Engagement Receives $1.5 Million Matching Grant

The Jim Joseph Foundation awarded a five-year matching grant for up to $1,525,000 to The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, to put toward its Jewish teen education initiative in Baltimore. The Associated’s focused initiative includes a Center for Teen  Engagement, which will run a Teen Innovation Internship, a Jewish Teen Professionals Fellowship and a… Read More

‘Crossing the Line’ When being anti-Israel is being anti-Semitic

There were video clips of loud, aggressive protestors, people staging “die-ins,” police arresting students in the middle of student-government meetings and academics from schools such as New York University and Brooklyn College giving lectures all with the goal of criticizing the State of Israel. However, many of these students and academics were going beyond the… Read More

An Enduring Legacy Levindale celebrates 125 years of support for Baltimore’s Jewish community

Doris Kahn, a spitfire redhead and 102-year-old (“Don’t tell my boyfriend!”) resident at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital in Northwest Baltimore for three years — and a volunteer there for more than 40 — spoke with delight about  her daily activities, especially playing the piano for fellow residents. “Hum it and I can play… Read More

‘Out of the Blocks’ Reporter, composer/photographer give voice to Baltimore’s neighborhoods

As he worked his way along the 4700 block of Eastern Avenue in East Baltimore’s evolving Greektown neighborhood, radio  reporter Aaron Henkin tried out some freshly acquired Greek phrases with Evangelis Theofanidis, a lively character to be featured in the next installment of the WYPR audio  series “Out of the Blocks” airing on Dec. 22… Read More