Oheb Shalom, Har Sinai Exploring Merger

Last week a letter went out to the members of Baltimore’s Temple Oheb Shalom and Owings Mills’ Har Sinai Congregation about the possibility of the two Reform congregations merging. Mina Wender, president of Temple Oheb Shalom, said that the larger institution initiated the merger conversation with Har Sinai. “We began to brainstorm and we realized… Read More

High Holiday Tickets Are Serious Business for Synagogues, Congregants

There’s an old joke about a boy who shows up at a synagogue on Yom Kippur. The usher tells him he can’t come in without a ticket. “But I’m not staying. I just need to talk to my mother,” the boy pleads. “Well, all right,” the usher says. “But if I catch you praying, I’m… 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