Hebrew Free Loan Can Help: Just Ask

Hebrew Free Loan Association of Baltimore may be one of the best-kept secrets in the Jewish community, although president Steve Meizlish said he wants more people to know about the longstanding community organization that helps people facing unexpected financial crises with interest-free loans. Founded in 1898, Meizlish said the group was started with immigrants lending… Read More

Sukkot Around Town

HOMEY HUT: This humble yet cozy sukkah has made an appearance for more than a decade in Charm City. Without fail, Bill Marker and Nan Tuckett have worked together each year to construct a temporary dwelling in their 0.007-acre backyard. The husband and wife playfully refer to the small haven outside their 1850s home as… Read More

Celebrate Sukkot

If you hear the sound of hammering, it may be from the sukkahs that are being built all over town at synagogues and homes in preparation for the upcoming observation of Sukkot, which this year runs from the evening of Oct. 4 to the evening of Oct. 11. While synagogues across the area are holding… Read More

Two Movements, One Marriage For the Burgs, it’s about love for Judaism, not the denomination

If not for an intuitive friend and a holiday picnic, the couple’s story, teeming with memories from their home in Baltimore and excursions to Israel with their children, may have been written very differently — if at all. Rabbi Daniel Burg, 41, of Reservoir Hill-based Beth Am Synagogue and his wife, Rabbi Miriam Burg, 43,… Read More

High Holiday ‘Miracle’ 15 years ago, through tragedy, one man’s devotion to Judaism renewed

Fifteen years ago, Frank Levy rushed to George Runkles’ hospital room, bracing himself for the inevitable. But he wasn’t ready to say goodbye just yet. Levy, 89, of Parkville, who is widowed and has one daughter of his own, Deborah Lynn, considered Runkles a son. He took him in as a troubled teenager and raised… Read More

Fasting: What to Do, What Not to Do and When to Ask for Help

At sundown on Friday, Sept. 29, Jews across the Baltimore-metro region and the Diaspora will begin a day-long fast as part of observing Yom Kippur. But what are the best ways to prepare, the best ways to break the fast on Saturday night, and when should a rabbi be consulted about how to fast while… Read More

For CrossFit Cantor, It’s All About Discipline

The sun has barely crept over the horizon when Rhoda Harrison leaves her Mount Washington home for a fitness center tucked into the outskirts of Baltimore City. For nearly a year, the ordained rabbi and cantor has exercised religiously at Nevermore CrossFit, one of the approximately 80 CrossFit facilities in the Maryland area. Harrison, 51,… Read More