Jewish Baltimore Stands with Charlottesville

The images he saw from this past weekend were in stark contrast to the “quiet, tranquil and peaceful city” B’nai Israel Rabbi Etan Mintz knows as Charlottesville, Va. He worked as a chaplain in the University of Virginia Health System between 2008 and 2010. “It’s a college town [with the University of Virginia]. It’s got… Read More

Libit Tapped for Leadership Development Program

Howard Libit, executive director of the Baltimore Jewish Council, was one of 14 people selected to participate in Leading Edge’s yearlong leadership development program, which is designed to groom new Jewish leaders for the nonprofit community through in-person meetings, individual management tutoring and travel. The number of aging Jewish leaders is the program’s main impetus…. Read More

Hillary Clinton Calls for Unity at ECYP Fundraiser

When Victor Blackwell traveled to Israel in 1998, he became the first person in his family to travel outside the United States and experience a different culture. Perhaps best known for his role as co-anchor of CNN’s “New Day Weekend,” Blackwell still gets choked up when he remembers that nearly 6,000-mile journey, one that proved… Read More

Maryland General Assembly Legislative Wrap-Up Highs, lows for Jewish lawmakers

The most recent Maryland General Assembly session was an eventful one for Jewish lawmakers and lobbyists in which many priorities were funded and top policy initiatives both passed and failed. Lawmakers voted to pass a bill to ban the controversial natural gas extraction technique known as fracking, or hydraulic fracturing. They also approved legislation that… Read More

End-of-Life Option Act Draws Jewish Debate

Betty Kupinsky had always been in control of her life. At least, until an aggressive form of lymphoma had spread throughout her body, leaving her bedridden and waiting for nature to take its course. It eventually did, but only after six weeks of emotional distress and much suffering. At the age of 90, Kupinsky had… Read More

Maryland Legislators Will Introduce Anti-BDS Bill

Maryland lawmakers and Jewish advocacy groups are in the process of putting the final touches on a bill that would ban companies that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel from doing business with the state. The bill, which is expected to be introduced in the next few weeks, would prevent the… Read More

Menorah Lighting Ushers in Chanukah for City Officials

City Hall got into the Chanukah spirit on Wednesday as Baltimore officials gathered for the third annual lighting of the City Hall menorah. While hundreds are expected to turn out for the lighting of the 30-foot Esther Ann Menorah at McKeldin Square in the Inner Harbor on Sunday, the pre-Chanukah ceremony at City Hall provided… Read More

Hogan Boosts Nonpublic School Funding

When Baltimore Jewish Council board members voted in 2009 to support legislation that would help students and their families pay for nonpublic school tuition, they realized there was a growing need for financial aid in their community. “In [Jewish] day schools, they have a reputation of finding a way to accommodate every kid, even if… Read More

County Schools to Remain Closed on Rosh Hashanah

The Baltimore County Public School Board approved its 2017-18 academic year calendar on Nov. 9 to comply with Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order that public schools open after Labor Day. The approved calendar was the only one of the three options that complied with Hogan’s order while keeping schools closed on Rosh Hashanah. “We appreciate… Read More

Yom Kippur: A Community Lens

Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, the Day of Atonement, marks the end of 40 days of penitence and commemorates the day that God forgave the Jewish people for the folly and sin of the Golden Calf. In contemporary Judaism, however, Yom Kippur serves as a day to atone for sins from… Read More