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

Thank You, Howard County

I remember sitting on a bench at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, googling Howard County. That was almost two years ago. Since then, I have gone through an unbelievable journey of discovery. The people I have met and the places I have visited as Howard County’s shlicha (Israeli emissary) have changed me, and I am now… Read More

Howard County Native Takes Over Cincinnati Jewish Council

Last month, Howard County native Jackie Congedo was named director of the Cincinnati Jewish Community Relations Council, the city’s equivalent of the Baltimore Jewish Council. The council is an arm of the local Jewish Federation. “I feel really humbled and lucky to have been offered this opportunity during this pivotal time,” Congedo, 31, said. Congedo… Read More

For Now, Howard’s Sanctuary Bill Is Denied

On the evening of Feb. 9, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman vetoed CB-9, a bill introduced to the County Council with the intent of declaring Howard County a “sanctuary” for immigrants and refugees. Only after the word “sanctuary,” the primary foundation for the bill, was removed did the council vote to pass the bill 3-2… Read More

Meaningful Giving

Lately my mind has been awash with thoughts pushing and pulling in all directions, motivated by my love of family (immediate and communal), my connection to Israel and the Jewish people and the needs of my new business. The connectedness of those things most important to me adds meaning to my life and inspires me… Read More

New Howard County Sheriff Appointed

Gov. Larry Hogan on Nov. 10 announced the appointment of William McMahon to replace Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald, whose alleged anti-Semitic, racist and misogynistic remarks and threatening behavior were detailed in a September report. McMahon, 54, a Republican, most recently served as the acting executive director of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions… Read More

Rosh Hashanah In The Park

Temple Isaiah in Fulton is moving its popular Rosh Hashanah family service outdoors this year to Centennial Park in Ellicott City. Last year, the Howard County congregation’s afternoon open-to-the-public family service at the temple drew close to 200 people. Now, the congregation is trying its hand at what’s called “Public Space Judaism.” “It’s really meant… Read More