OPENING DINNER

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Brotherhood held its annual opening dinner on Sept. 10 with “Sweet and Low Down: Songs For the Starry-Eyed and Worldly-Wise” performed by soprano Wendy Baird and Jonathan Jensen on piano, which was attended by more than 150 guests. From left: Baird, Sandy and Stanley Neuhauser, Beverly Kalus, Jensen, Diane Bravmann and Brotherhood… Read More

The Mitzvah of Shofar Blowing Is a Learned Discipline

Perhaps two of the most rewarding mitzvahs each year occur during a series of loud howls and screeches. Now if this is your first Elul, you couldn’t be blamed for confusing the aforementioned sound with the honking of a trumpeter swan or the cry of an elephant. The loud and shrill yet beautiful tone of… Read More

CAMP FUN

More than 40 campers ended their summer break on a high note at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. They participated in sporting events, art-based activities, field trips and more.  

Staying Relevant Synagogues fight dropping numbers, target millennial generation

Rampant assimilation. Financial pressures. Generational changes. The varied causes of dwindling membership have served as a call to action for some Maryland synagogues — especially when appealing to young professionals. In an effort to combat the decrease in synagogue affiliation, organizations focused on engaging 20- and 30-year-olds have emerged at shuls across the state. These… Read More

Jewish Baltimore Stands with Charlottesville

The images he saw from this past weekend were in stark contrast to the “quiet, tranquil and peaceful city” B’nai Israel Rabbi Etan Mintz knows as Charlottesville, Va. He worked as a chaplain in the University of Virginia Health System between 2008 and 2010. “It’s a college town [with the University of Virginia]. It’s got… Read More

You Should Know… Alyssa Geller

The energetic and involved Alyssa Geller, communications  manager at Beth El Congregation, hails from Columbus, Ohio by way of Long Island, where she was born. The 29-year-old is a graduate of  the University of Wisconsin- Madison, where she majored in communications because she wanted to apply her creative side to her work. “I’ve  always been… Read More

‘Call for Unity’ Rally Features Father of Fallen Soldier, Khizr Khan

Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father of a fallen Muslim-American soldier and immigrant who created media buzz when he condemned Donald Trump last year at the Democratic National Convention, spoke out for the rights of immigrants at Patriot Plaza in Towson on Wednesday. Khan, an American citizen born in Pakistan, delivered an impassioned 20-minute speech… Read More

Kohn Joins Baltimore Hebrew

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s new interim cantor, Sharon Kohn, has taken her place on the bimah even though she is still unpacking moving boxes. Having moved from Kansas City — where she served an 11-year stint as cantor of Congregation B’nai Jehuda — she started her duties in late June. Kohn will serve as the congregation’s… Read More

Dividing Wall Baltimore rabbis sound off on Kotel conundrum

Many Jews of the Diaspora and in Israel are in an uproar following the announcement on June 25 that plans to establish an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall have been formally frozen by the Israeli government following pressure from haredi organizations. A compromise agreement to create this space at Judaism’s holiest site was… Read More

MUSIC AND BROTHERHOOD

The Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Brotherhood helds its closing dinner on June 11 with the theme of “Music Made in America: The American Songbook,” which was attended by more than 150 guests. From left: Brotherhood vice president Roger Wolff, Darlene Wolff, Brotherhood financial secretary Harold Lipsicas, baritone Jason Buckwalter, soprano Kimberly Christie, conductor and pianist James… Read More