SUKKAH BUILDING

The day after breaking the Yom Kippur fast, members of Beth Israel Congregation gathered to build a sukkah just outside the entrance to the Owings Mills synagogue. The shul’s Hebrew schoolers spent the morning of Oct. 1 channeling their creative side to make decorations, including colorful paper chains that were hung within the temporary dwelling.

Howard County Federation Raises More Than $20K for Ugandan Jews

The Howard County Jewish community has raised nearly $21,000 to feed a group of malnourished Jews in Uganda — known as the Abayudaya — more than doubling the initial goal it set a month ago. In partnership, the Howard County Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Federation of Howard County launched the campaign in mid-August… Read More

REMINDERS OF HOME

To wish former students a heartfelt Shana Tova, members of Beth Israel Congregation lent a hand in boxing up care packages for those spending the High Holidays away on campus. Each college student received a box containing honey sticks, cookies and a personalized note just days before Rosh Hashanah.

BACK TO SCHOOL

Hebrew school teachers arrived bright and early to Beth Israel Congregation in Owings Mills to prepare for the upcoming school year. After the Aug. 27 orientation meeting, teachers had the opportunity to decorate their classrooms.

Beth Israel Hires Jen Rolnick As New Cantor

Beth Israel Congregation will welcome Jen Rolnick as its new cantor on Aug. 1. Cantor Roger Eisenberg, who had been with the Conservative Owings Mills congregation since 2000, stepped down in June. The search for his successor, which lasted about six months and was conducted by an in-house committee, drew hundreds of candidates from around… Read More

Beth Israel Tribute: Longtime Cantor Roger Eisenberg to be Honored with Concert

In between the festive Hebrew music and dancing, elegant dinner and warm tributes, Roger Eisenberg will be sure to take in the moment with his congregational family. As the longest-serving cantor of Beth Israel Congregation, Eisenberg estimates he has prepared more than 1,000 young people for their bar and bat mitzvahs, officiated dozens of wedding… Read More

Glaring Omission

I could not help but be drawn to the Jewish Times’ Nov. 25 story, “A Labor of Love,” on Beth Israel Congregation celebrating 60 years of growth and development. The piece did mention that it was started by 10 Jewish families and was  located in Randallstown prior to its current location. My family and I… Read More

Rabbis on Trump: ‘We Have to Stand Up for Civil Liberties’

Rabbi Ron Shulman, clad in a flashy suit and wearing reading glasses, took to the lectern with a folded-up piece of paper to which he rarely needed to refer. He might have forecasted the emotion that would soon accompany his words, drawing on similar sentiments the crowd shared. A little more than a minute into… Read More