The JCC Maccabi Games are currently celebrating 36 years of bringing Jewish youth together to connect and compete with their peers from around the country and the world. The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Baltimore is getting in on that action as the host of the first-ever combined Mini and Junior Maccabi Games. Tryouts for the Baltimore-area teams have concluded, and the JCC of Greater Baltimore recently publicized the roster of local athletes and volunteer coaches participating.
Internationally-known comedian Elon Gold made for a very personal and very funny night of comedy at a celebration Feb. 11 benefiting the Institute for Jewish Continuity and Suburban Orthodox Congregation Toras Chaim in Baltimore. In addition to the hilarious “glatt kosher” show, more than 500 guests enjoyed Israeli cuisine and a decadent dessert reception.
On Sunday Feb. 11, American University’s Center for Israel Studies organized a mini-conference called “The Arab Population in Israel 1948 to Today." It brought scholars and activists together from around the world to discuss the changing agendas, facets, and aspirations of Israeli Arabs. A theme that resonated throughout the conference was the duality of feeling Palestinian or Arab while recognizing one's Israeli citizenship.
Each Wednesday at Magen David Sephardic Congregation in Rockville, Maryland, teens join mentors for learning, dinner, and a speech from a special guest. Most recently, they heard from Denny Berman about the theme of charity and chesed. (Photo courtesy of Mattie Watson)
Disappointment tempered with optimism were the prevailing feelings among clergy members at two local Orthodox synagogues directly impacted by the Orthodox Union (OU) Board’s recent statement reaffirming the organization’s ban on female clergy.
Irving and Toby are a couple, both in their 90s, happily living in their own home in Olney, Maryland. They credit their ability to stay active and social without abandoning the home and community they love to Olney Home for Life (OHFL), an all-volunteer service that provides seniors with free transportation.
The annual Purim Palooza & Kids Activity Expo, a community-wide carnival commemorating the joyous Purim holiday, is the Jewish Federation of Howard County’s largest event of the year, drawing over 1,000 people. Now entering its 26th year, the Feb. 25 event will feature a new format.
Ahad Ha’am is famously quoted as saying that more than the Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews. The potency of designating a space and time for learning, reflection, dialogue, and community is hard to overstate. Whether one is observant, secular, traditional, “just Jewish” or culturally Jewish, Hillel has worked diligently to foster varied and meaningful opportunities for Shabbat engagement.
Cantor Mark Levi, who served as cantor for Beth Tikva Congregation, now known as Tikvat Israel in Rockville, Maryland, and earlier at Beth Torah in Hyattsville, Maryland, died Dec. 28, 2017. He was 103 years old.
In a wide-ranging conversation in front of a sold-out crowd on Feb. 1,
Forward editor-in-chief Jane Eisner and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talked about Justice Ginsburg’s family, her professional trajectory, and her future. One theme was clear: America has improved over the course of its history in how it deals with institutional racism, sexism, and anti-Semitism, but there is still room for improvement.
On Jan. 17, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan released his budget for the coming year, which includes $2 million in security grant funding for private schools and daycares. Schools deemed “at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, beliefs, or mission” could apply for grants to pay for building security guards, building upgrades, and staff training. If funding is approved by the legislature, then this would be the first Maryland state program to provide operating funds for private schools.
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