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

BHC Announces New Dues Model

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation announced earlier this month that it would be adopting a new dues structure for congregants following a year-long study of both its own and other congregations’ membership requirements. The biggest change is that BHC will make dues voluntary as opposed to compulsory for first-year members of any age and for congregants under… Read More

Cantor Solomon Bids Farewell to BHC

Rabbi Andrew Busch remembers vividly what it was like to share the spotlight with Cantor Robbie Solomon when the two of them arrived at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation around the same time in 2008. “To enter Baltimore Hebrew congregation [with] Cantor Robbie Solomon meant [that I was] announced over and over during my first year at… Read More

Night of the Stars Brings the Laughs

The Second City Touring Company, known for launching the careers of an all-star cast of comedians including John Belushi, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, will be performing its best sketches, songs and improvisations from the past 50-plus years on Thursday at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s seventh annual Night of the Stars. The event is… Read More

No End to Education, Learning Is for Life

Opportunities for senior citizens to continue their education provide valuable platforms to engage with their peers and to hone facets of their intellect and memory. It’s no secret that keeping one’s mind sharp is essential to both mental and physical well-being. That’s exactly the aim of a class offered at Weinberg Village in Owings Mills… Read More

Interfaith Institute Tackles Islamophobia

Dr. Homayra Ziad, scholar of Islam at the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies, argues that a one-dimensional view of Muslims is incorrect. “Muslims, who constitute two percent of the U.S. population, are the most diverse group in the country, hailing from 40 to 50 countries worldwide,” she told a crowd at Baltimore Hebrew… Read More