Members of Knitting Havurah, spearheaded by Chizuk Amuno Congregation, knitted 30 baby caps stitched in all shades of purple to raise awareness about shaken baby syndrome. The caps were completed by the end of September and sent to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome in Utah to support the Click for Babies: Period of… Read More

Staying Relevant Synagogues fight dropping numbers, target millennial generation

Rampant assimilation. Financial pressures. Generational changes. The varied causes of dwindling membership have served as a call to action for some Maryland synagogues — especially when appealing to young professionals. In an effort to combat the decrease in synagogue affiliation, organizations focused on engaging 20- and 30-year-olds have emerged at shuls across the state. These… Read More


In an effort to help those in need, Chizuk Amuno congregants banded together to buy staple items for those residing at the Gilead House of Baltimore. Margi Hoffman, left, and Jennie Rothschild helped deliver the first batch of items, including a coffeemaker, fan and crockpot, on Friday, Aug. 4.

Another Side of the Auschwitz Nazis

“Everyone has this idea of Auschwitz that you can picture when you close your eyes,” began Rebecca Erbelding, museum archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. What most people likely imagine are images from a set of 200 photos called the Lilly Jacob album. The collection, which was discovered immediately after the end of World… 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

Repairing the World Through Synagogues

In the spirit of giving during the holiday season, local synagogues offer a variety of programs and initiatives so that Jewish individuals and families can give back to their communities and participate in mitzvot. From mitzvah projects to cleanup efforts to feeding needy families, congregations offer members a number of ways to give back. Chizuk… Read More