The Jewish sages said acts of kindness are one of the pillars upon which the world stands. Every year on Dec. 25, our community’s institutions give Jews and non-Jews alike ample opportunities to help those in need.
Answers to your questions about using 529 savings accounts to pay for private school.
For 21 years, tax-advantaged 529 savings accounts could only be used to pay for college expenses. Now, thanks to the tax reform signed into law on Dec. 22, they can also be used to pay for K-12 private school tuition.
To help repair the world is in the DNA of Jews, according to U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D – Md.
“Our upbringing and culture teach us to be concerned about the rest of human beings, to help correct the wrong, and to help repair the world,” Cardin told the Shabbat Chanukah crowd at Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim in Silver Spring, Maryland. “This is our Jewish value. This is in our DNA as a people.”
Some organizations might rent a social hall for their annual Chanukah party. Others may reserve a nearby hotel ballroom.
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From spice and song to recovered Jewish texts, Iraqi Jewish culture was on full display at the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s “Talmud to Tik: Iraqi Jewish Heritage Day” on Dec. 3 in Baltimore. The event featured presentations about Iraqi Jewish music, food, and culture, but the focal point was the “Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage” exhibit.
The Scher family enjoyed “Hands On Hanukkah” at Barnes and Noble in Tysons Corner, Virginia. (Photo credit: JCC of Northern Virginia)
On Dec. 20, President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of Chabad rabbi Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, after he served eight years in prison. Rubashkin’s release set off concentric waves of joy and dismay across the Jewish community. Debate over why the release of a convicted criminal was or wasn’t cause for celebration spread across social media and traditional news outlets.
On Jan. 26, 1916, the first Jewish justice was nominated to the United States Supreme Court by President Woodrow Wilson. Kentucky-born Louis Brandeis served on the court for 23 years as the first in a long line of Jewish Supreme Court justices in America. What many don’t realize, however, is that Brandeis wasn’t the first Jew to be offered a Supreme Court appointment. Judah P. Benjamin, later Secretary of State of the Confederacy, was offered an appointment to the Supreme Court by President Millard Fillmore, but turned down the offer.
On Dec. 21, Baltimore’s First Annual Community Safety Expo drew over 25 vendors and hundreds of residents under one roof at Bnos Yisroel on Park Heights Ave. Due to the surge in violent crime in northwest Baltimore neighborhoods, many residents were eager to learn about new safety and security techniques and technologies.
On the evening of Nov. 13, 2017, at least two dozen concerned citizens gathered at the Van Gough Cafe in the Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore to discuss how to get more involved in the ongoing fight against climate change. Repair the World organized the event, “Your Voice, Your Earth: Take Action,”in partnership with the Pearlstone Center, Baltimore Jewish Council, and Charm City Tribe.
On Dec. 12, the first night of Chanukah, thousands attended the 2017 National Hanukkah Menorah lighting ceremony on the Ellipse, just across from the White House. White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn (right) helped light the candles with the aid of a special elevator. Also pictured: Rabbi Levi Shemtov (left), executive vice president of American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad); and Rabbi Abraham Shemtov (center), American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad) national director. (Photo credit: Jeff Malet)