‘They Needed Us’ From the beginning, Columbia’s ecumenical focus has depended on Jewish input

Fifty years ago, Columbia’s promise of equality and prosperity drew hundreds to Howard County. Planned communities like Columbia were not a new idea, but the area’s developer, James Rouse, had a vision that went beyond street layouts and park placement. Today, the area’s Jewish community is in a bind. Though Howard County’s Jewish population has… Read More

Jewzeum Offers Exercise in Jewish Pride

The fifth-grade class of Beth Shalom Congregation’s religious school was replaced on Sunday, May 21 by some of the most famous Jews in modern history as a part the first annual Jewzeum. After approximately six weeks of research and work, the students embodied a variety of Jewish personalities, from Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Bernie Sanders… Read More

Rabbis Riff on Passover Six rabbis talk about the modern-day meaning of the holiday

Every year on Passover, Jewish communities the world over read from the Haggadah to hear the story of the Jewish people’s enslavement and to celebrate our liberation. The story doesn’t change year to year, but as local rabbis explained to the JT, its deep meaning is multifaceted, and the Passover story continues to have essential… Read More

Interfaith Lecture Aims to Bridge Divide

In a time of sweeping anti-Semitism and Islamophobia rocking minority communities across the country, the push for religious understanding and partnership is on a lot of people’s minds. For the second straight year, Beth Shalom Congregation and the Howard County Muslim Council have offered a class to help shed light on those topics. The class,… Read More