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You Should Know … Diana Goldsmith

Diana Goldsmith has been an active participant in the greater Baltimore Jewish community her entire life. An Owings Mills native, Goldsmith, 22, spent three years in HaSTY (Har Sinai Temple Youth) during high school, serving one year as religious cultural vice president and the other as president. She also played an instrumental role in the… Read More

MARYLAND GOV. LARRY HOGAN PRAYS AT THE WESTERN WALL IN JERUSALEM ON FRIDAY DURING HIS TRADE MISSION TO ISRAEL. PHOTO COURTESY OF OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

Hogan in Israel: Commonality with Maryland in Cyber Security and Defense

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan made stops last week at iconic Jerusalem sites such as Yad Vashem and the Western Wall during his weeklong trade mission to Israel. “It was just a very emotional experience to see the faces and to hear the voices of victims of the Holocaust, one of the darker chapters in history,”… Read More

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A Matter of Faith

Some have the custom of making predictions for the coming Jewish year in the days before Rosh Hashanah. But I am no prognosticator and will not presume to have the requisite wisdom or guts to hitch my reputation to the probability of future events. So on the eve of 5777, I will not make any… Read More

Dr. Benjamin Sax addresses the audience at the Jewish-Muslim Governor’s Day to Serve event. (Justin Silberman)

Interfaith Connections Battle Bigotry, Promote Goodwill

For as long as Nejaat Ibrahim can remember, she has always had a soft spot for helping those who are less fortunate. It started when Ibrahim, 20, came to Maryland from Ethiopia 15 years ago and has continued to take shape since she started at Goucher College last year. In high school, she was heavily… Read More

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ADL’s Greenblatt Embraces Controversy, Bemoans Rancor in Community

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) national director Jonathan Greenblatt, coming off an inaugural year after the retirement of longtime leader Abraham Foxman, is not afraid to call the prime minister of Israel out in an international forum. The same can be said for embracing causes that, on their face, are not inherently “Jewish.” But whereas some may… Read More

Debra Wasserman’s tahini peanut confection

Have a Very Veggie Holiday

Here’s a tricky one: If a vegan were to garnish his or her “nonmeat meat” product (say, a tofu dog) with nondairy cheese, would the culinary combination prove to be a violation of kosher law? “Our goal is not to go around rules like that,” said Debra Wasserman, who is the co-director and co-founder of… Read More

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Judaica Shops Roll with the Times

Tucked away on a quiet street in the basement of a Baltimore residence near Pikesville sits one of the area’s best-kept secrets of Judaica items: Gifts  by Gilda. Known to loyal clients as “The Museum,” Gifts by Gilda, the brainchild of Gilda Naiman, has specialized in the selling of sterling silver items, many of which… Read More

From left: Women’s campaign chair Linda Elman, Associated board chair Linda Hurwitz and Annual Campaign chair John Shmerler (Provided)

Super Sunday A Success

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore kicked off its annual fundraising campaign on Sunday, Sept. 25 with its Super Sunday phonathon, which raised $1.4 million from 739 donors. The Associated’s goal is to raise $31 million during its 2017 Annual Campaign. “Super Sunday was a huge success and we are privileged to have such… Read More

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