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

The Mitzvah of Shofar Blowing Is a Learned Discipline

Perhaps two of the most rewarding mitzvahs each year occur during a series of loud howls and screeches. Now if this is your first Elul, you couldn’t be blamed for confusing the aforementioned sound with the honking of a trumpeter swan or the cry of an elephant. The loud and shrill yet beautiful tone of… 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

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