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

Ben Cardin Holds Interfaith Roundtable Addressing Bigotry

In a powerful demonstration denouncing hate, racism and bigotry, Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin on Friday led a roundtable discussion at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore to make it clear that he will not tolerate such actions. Cardin, a Democrat, cited the violence that erupted during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last… Read More

rHouse: An Educational Experience in Which Judaism Is Everywhere

rHouse, a new post-b’nai mitzvah program that provides teens with more experience-oriented educational opportunities, just launched at Temple Oheb Shalom and aims to raise the quality of immersive programming while not requiring the time commitment of conventional Hebrew school. “We are a mission-driven organization, and in our mission statement, one of the things that factors… 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

Temple Oheb Shalom Welcomes First Female Rabbi

Temple Oheb Shalom welcomed Rabbi Sarah R. Marion as its newest spiritual leader in June, a historic appointment, as Marion is the first female clergy member to join the congregation since its founding 163 years ago. From Westchester, N.Y., Marion, 30, grew up in a family that was not particularly religious. She did not become… Read More

J Street Founder Encourages Diversity of Opinions on Israel

Before a crowd of about 100 at Temple Oheb Shalom last week, J Street president and co-founder Jeremy Ben-Ami said that it is both healthy and necessary for Jews in the United States to voice their diverse opinions on Israel. He called J Street both pro-Israel and pro-peace, outlining them as an organization that recognizes… Read More

Synagogues Celebrate Chanukah

Chanukah can be a particularly hectic time of year. To help you keep your luster during 2016’s Festival of Lights, the JT presents a quick-fix primer of seasonal events and activities to look out for through local congregations. Beth El Congregation Beth El is partnering with Chizuk Amuno Congregation for a Chinese food and movie night… Read More

Repairing the World Through Synagogues

In the spirit of giving during the holiday season, local synagogues offer a variety of programs and initiatives so that Jewish individuals and families can give back to their communities and participate in mitzvot. From mitzvah projects to cleanup efforts to feeding needy families, congregations offer members a number of ways to give back. Chizuk… Read More