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

Yom Kippur: A Community Lens

Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, the Day of Atonement, marks the end of 40 days of penitence and commemorates the day that God forgave the Jewish people for the folly and sin of the Golden Calf. In contemporary Judaism, however, Yom Kippur serves as a day to atone for sins from… Read More

Have a Very Veggie Holiday

Here’s a tricky one: If a vegan were to garnish his or her “nonmeat meat” product (say, a tofu dog) with nondairy cheese, would the culinary combination prove to be a violation of kosher law? “Our goal is not to go around rules like that,” said Debra Wasserman, who is the co-director and co-founder of… Read More

Judaica Shops Roll with the Times

Tucked away on a quiet street in the basement of a Baltimore residence near Pikesville sits one of the area’s best-kept secrets of Judaica items: Gifts  by Gilda. Known to loyal clients as “The Museum,” Gifts by Gilda, the brainchild of Gilda Naiman, has specialized in the selling of sterling silver items, many of which… Read More

Bay Bank Sponsors High Holiday Israel Bonds

Israel Bonds Maryland has been collaborating with Hopkins Federal Savings Bank for a decade, supporting the tradition of equally matching all  Israel bonds investments by the community during the High Holidays. The acquisition of Hopkins Federal Savings Bank by Bay Bank earlier this year left some people uncertain about whether this support would continue. However,… Read More

Messages for the New Year Seven rabbis talk High Holidays and sermons

The High Holidays are a particularly heavy time of the year: a time for reflection, renewal, forgiveness and repentance for individuals, the Baltimore Jewish  community and the Jewish world at large. For rabbis in the Greater Baltimore area, there is no uniform approach to composing sermons for the High Holidays nor uniform topics to cover…. Read More