Baltimore County Urged to Close Schools on High Holidays at Hearing

The Baltimore County school board heard passionate testimony on Tuesday in Towson over whether schools should open on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur next year. The school board calendar committee is recommending the move, which is also under consideration by other schools systems around the state. A vote is expected to take place during the… Read More

High Holidays on Chopping Block for Baltimore County Schools

Baltimore County may keep schools open during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in 2018. The school board’s calendar committee, which is tasked with making recommendations to the superintendent, is considering the elimination of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as days off from the 2018-19 school year calendar, according to a letter the Baltimore Jewish Council… Read More

REMINDERS OF HOME

To wish former students a heartfelt Shana Tova, members of Beth Israel Congregation lent a hand in boxing up care packages for those spending the High Holidays away on campus. Each college student received a box containing honey sticks, cookies and a personalized note just days before Rosh Hashanah.

High Holiday ‘Miracle’ 15 years ago, through tragedy, one man’s devotion to Judaism renewed

Fifteen years ago, Frank Levy rushed to George Runkles’ hospital room, bracing himself for the inevitable. But he wasn’t ready to say goodbye just yet. Levy, 89, of Parkville, who is widowed and has one daughter of his own, Deborah Lynn, considered Runkles a son. He took him in as a troubled teenager and raised… Read More

Looking Back On 5773

[slideshow id=”Local YIR”] The year 5773 was packed with successes and challenges. At the Baltimore Jewish Times, our team of reporters wrote 889 articles about the happenings in this community and the rest of the Jewish world.Before Rosh Hashanah starts next week and we move on to 5774, here is a look at the top… Read More

Crafting the Sacred Horn

[slideshow id=”Sacred Horn”] The sound of the shofar is unmistakable — its loud, triumphant blasts can be heard throughout Rosh Hashanah services and during Yom Kippur when the fast is over. But that hollow, smooth, shimmering, resonant horn heard in synagogue took meticulous handiwork to transform from the crude horn of an animal to a… Read More

True To Their Words

Elise Saltzberg is a fourth-generation Secular Jew with a capital S. “A secular Jew with a small s is often translated to mean unaffiliated and uninvolved,” explained Saltzberg, 56, of Pikesville, a founding member of the Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurah, a Secular Humanistic congregation founded by Rabbi Judith Seid about 15 years ago. “Growing up,… 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