Creative Alliance, B’nai Israel Kick Off New Sacred Music Series

When one thinks of sacred music, cantorial music or gospel might come to mind. But black Moroccans playing Jewish music from Africa? That’s exactly what will kick off a new sacred music series presented by B’nai Israel and Creative Alliance on Saturday, Oct. 21. “Innov Gnawa – Sebitiyin: The Jewish Songs of Gnawa” is the… Read More

Community Gathers at B’nai Israel After Swastika Drawn on Sign

A crowd gathered Sunday morning at B’nai Israel Synagogue in Jonestown after a swastika with the word “shalom” below it was found drawn on a sign outside of the synagogue. While members of the community, elected officials and Jewish communal leaders came together because of an unfortunate act of hatred, the event was one of… Read More

Come for the Party … Stay for the Judaism Area Jewish organizations find new ways to keep 20s/30s engaged

You’re jury-rigging the final acorn to a long piece of misshapen tree bark. As you put down the glue gun used to complete the makeshift menorah, you’re bumped by a young brown-haired girl bundled up for the winter despite the fact the dimly-lit brewery is jam-packed with other 20-somethings and 30-somethings like yourself. Then again,… Read More

A Thanksgiving Blessing

Rabbi Etan Mintz, who has shepherded the downtown Baltimore congregation B’Nai Israel for the past four-and-a-half years, welcomed a new addition to his growing family over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Mintz, 38, and his 33-year-old wife Tammy — who earned her doctorate in child psychology from the University of Virginia — have been married for… Read More