Finding Their Way Home For converts, Judaism illuminated their worlds in unexpected ways

As congregations struggle to attract and retain members, some synagogues are merging, as others experiment with new dues structures and youth-targeted initiatives to bring in young people and families. Only about 25 percent of Jews nationally say they attend synagogue once or twice a month, according to a Pew Research study, and less than half… Read More

Celebrating a Bar Mitzvah’s Golden Anniversary

When Alan Fink glanced at the calendar earlier this year and saw that the 50th anniversary of his bar mitzvah was fast approaching, he knew it was time to start preparing. For most of the last 40 years, Fink, 63, of Baltimore had marked the occasion with modest get-togethers. He liked to keep things simple… Read More

Dividing Wall Baltimore rabbis sound off on Kotel conundrum

Many Jews of the Diaspora and in Israel are in an uproar following the announcement on June 25 that plans to establish an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall have been formally frozen by the Israeli government following pressure from haredi organizations. A compromise agreement to create this space at Judaism’s holiest site was… Read More

Rabbi in Residence Gets Early ‘Farewell’ Honor

Hiring a rabbi with the intent of letting him go after three years is not a common practice — neither is hosting a celebratory meal in his honor. But Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah is doing both. The synagogue will host a brunch for Associate Rabbi Joel Dinin on July 9 at 10 a.m. In approximately… Read More