Cardin, Stein Vow to Fight for Environment

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen, addressing a spirited group of about 20 activists at Van Gough Cafe in Southeast Baltimore on Monday, says Jews have an innate responsibility to safeguard the environment. “It is absolutely central to our Jewish thinking about the world that we have a responsibility to protect and to honor that… Read More

Kristallnacht Remembered Through Music and Tears

A collaboration between several community organizations — including the Baltimore Jewish Council, the Jewish Museum of Maryland and Beth El Congregation — commemorated the 79th anniversary of the tragic events of Nov. 9, 1938, known to history as Kristallnacht or “the night of broken glass,” at Beth El on Nov. 5. “Childhood Memories of the… Read More

Baltimore County Schools to Remain Closed on High Holidays

The Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday to keep schools closed during the Jewish High Holidays in 2018, continuing a more than two-decade practice. Community members were split after the board had considered keeping schools open on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but many underscored the importance of observing the holidays. The board’s 9-3 decision… Read More

Advocacy 101 Encourages Turning Passion Into Action

More than 75 people packed a room at the Towson Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library on Oct. 17 to learn how to turn their activism into an effective political tool. Organized by the Baltimore Jewish Council, Jews United for Justice and Catholic Charities of Maryland, the Advocacy 101 event served as a sort-of political engagement… Read More

BREAKING: Hogan Signs Executive Order on BDS

Gov. Larry Hogan has prohibited state agencies from contracting with companies and organizations aligned with a Palestinian-backed movement against Israel. Diving into a hotly debated international issue, Hogan on Monday signed an executive order opposing the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel (BDS), which has gained momentum in some parts of the country, worrying… Read More

Baltimore County Urged to Close Schools on High Holidays at Hearing

The Baltimore County school board heard passionate testimony on Tuesday in Towson over whether schools should open on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur next year. The school board calendar committee is recommending the move, which is also under consideration by other schools systems around the state. A vote is expected to take place during the… Read More

High Holidays on Chopping Block for Baltimore County Schools

Baltimore County may keep schools open during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in 2018. The school board’s calendar committee, which is tasked with making recommendations to the superintendent, is considering the elimination of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as days off from the 2018-19 school year calendar, according to a letter the Baltimore Jewish Council… Read More

Security a Top Priority during High Holidays

After a year of high-profile anti-Semitic incidents, including a rash of bomb threats, local officials are planning to beef up security this year for the High Holidays. There are no specific threats ahead of Rosh Hashanah, which begins the evening of Sept. 20 and continues through Sept. 22, but both Baltimore City and County police… Read More

Ben Cardin Holds Interfaith Roundtable Addressing Bigotry

In a powerful demonstration denouncing hate, racism and bigotry, Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin on Friday led a roundtable discussion at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore to make it clear that he will not tolerate such actions. Cardin, a Democrat, cited the violence that erupted during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last… Read More

Local Officials Decry DACA Decision

In the wake of the Trump administration’s announcement on Tuesday to unwind an Obama-era program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation, City Councilman Zeke Cohen said he plans to continue to welcome undocumented immigrants and refugees to Baltimore. In a seven-minute video posted to Facebook, Cohen, a staunch supporter of immigrant rights who represents… Read More