Baltimore

View From Baltimore: From The Crisis Comes Good

05/06/2015 - 20:00

This week has been quite a week for our city.  We are a community that is so cloistered.  Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods and we rarely venture out beyond our own.  The last time I was in the Sandtown-Winchester area was our first week in Baltimore when we were welcomed to the city by having our car towed.  I went with my wife to pick up the car in the evening, but the emptiness and abandoned homes caused us to turn around – we were afraid to even get out of the car.  The next morning we picked it up. 

Racial Divides, Here And In Israel

05/05/2015 - 20:00
Editorial

On the surface, the parallels between the bloody demonstrations in Baltimore and Tel Aviv in recent days are obvious. In both cases, black citizens have angrily claimed that they are discriminated against because of their color, more often targeted by police, and punished more frequently and more harshly. The sense of frustration and anger that boils over, turning violent, applies to African-American residents of Baltimore as well as Ethiopian Jews in Israel, many of whom feel they are subject to racism and police brutality.

Baltimore Mom's Lesson For The Middle East

It struck me while watching that heroic mother in Baltimore emphatically educating her son (see it here) about the perils of rioting and throwing rocks at police that she should be a role model for Israeli and Palestinian mothers.

Toya Graham saw her son Michael, 16, on TV and immediately went out on the streets looking to literally knock some sense into his head.

The Mosque Next Door

As the Muslim population of the U.S. grows, Jewish communities will increasingly find mosques in their midst. Will the faiths coexist peacefully?

12/23/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Baltimore — Like other members of this city’s tight-knit and closely packed Jewish community, attorney Phil Abraham heard a rumor last year about the fate of an empty building that recently had served as the site of an assisted-living facility: a mosque was moving into the Slade Mansion, right across the street from Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, a prominent Reform temple which Abraham serves as president.

Rabbi Yossi Kaplan and Mohammad Aziz in the parking lot that Chabad and the Islamic Center share. Photo via Chabad.org

Defendants In Baltimore Shomrim Trial Seek Venue Change Because Of Trayvon Case

04/23/2012 - 20:00

 

Lawyers for two Baltimore Jewish brothers accused of beating a black teenager requested that the trial be moved out of the city because of perceived similarities between the case and the death of Trayvon Martin.

Avi and Eliyahu Werdesheim are accused of beating a 15-year-old male in November 2010. Eliyahu Werdesheim, now 24, was a member of Shomrim, a Jewish neighborhood watch group, at the time of the incident.

Covering (And Covering Up) Sexual Abuse

04/17/2011 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

Over time, a journalist gets used to being criticized. How, then, to respond, if at all? There’s a thin line between feeling justified for what one writes in seeking, for example, to expose wrongdoing in the community, and feeling self-righteous, or even immune from disapproval.

Gary Rosenblatt

Baltimore Jewish High School Shutting Down

01/16/2011 - 19:00

(JTA) -- A Baltimore Jewish day school will close its high school division at the end of the school year due to financial problems.

Yeshivat Rambam, which opened 10 years ago, announced Sunday that it would close its high schools for boys and girls while working to strengthen the enrollment and retention of its middle and elementary schools, as well as its kindergarten and early childhood programs, the Baltimore Jewish Times reported.

Sixty-three students are enrolled in the boys' high school and 33 in the girls' school. The total enrollment at Yeshivat Rambam is 350.

Are We Doing Enough For Poor Blacks? TV’s David Simon Spars With Federations

Not surprisingly, David Simon’s recent and highly public remarks critical of the funding priorities of Baltimore’s Associated Jewish Charities did not go down well with that Federation or its parent group, The Jewish Federations of North America, which gave the TV writer and creator a platform at its recent General Assembly in New Orleans.

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