A Day Brimming With Kindness

Written by Rachel Kohn on . Posted in Community News

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.

Rubashkin’s Release: Understanding the Reactions

Written by Dovid Nochshon Albright on . Posted in Community News

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.

At Beth Sholom, A Window Into the Lives of Jewish Supreme Court Justices

Written by Ayelette Halbfinger on . Posted in Community News

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.

Baltimore’s First Annual Community Safety Expo Connects Residents with Local Vendors

Written by Briana Naiman on . Posted in Community News

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.

Northern Virginia Teens Take Charge in Federation’s Jteen Philanthropy Program

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Jteen Philanthropy — the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s giving circle designed for high school students — kicked off its second year by expanding the program to Northern Virginia. Launched on Jan. 7, the inaugural Northern Virginia cohort will build on the success of Jteen’s first year, during which 37 teens allocated nearly $27,000 to seven nonprofit agencies.

Tax Reform and Tuition

Written by Gabe Aaronson on . Posted in Community News

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.

Sen. Cardin Urges Jews to Speak Up Against Bias and Injustice

Written by Frank Solomon on . Posted in Community News

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.”

Connecting New Audiences With Iraqi Jewish History and Culture

Written by Jackie Feldman on . Posted in Community News

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.