SWAT team members deploy near the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas

All Texas synagogue hostages ‘out alive and safe’ after harrowing 12-hour standoff

By Ron Kampeas and Andrew Lapin Update:  All four hostages at a synagogue in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area were declared “out alive and safe” by...
The first Birthright Israel group during the pandemic

Onward Israel merges with Birthright to magnify reach

By Toby Tabachnick and Faygie Holt Two organizations that provide Israel experiences for Jewish young adults, Birthright Israel and Onward Israel, announced their merger last...
Dr. Chana Wircberg

For these Orthodox women, balancing demanding careers with family life is worth the challenges

By Renee Ghert-Zand Orthodox Brooklyn native Chana Wircberg always knew she wanted to be a physician. Shortly after marrying and becoming a young mother, Wircberg made...
Sen. Ben Cardin

In online event, lawmakers reflect on Jan. 6 riot

By Leenika Belfield-Martin Six days into 2021, as the nation was wrestling with the effects of an ongoing pandemic and the economic issues that followed,...
fruits and nuts for Tu B'Shevat

Tu B’Shevat events move online amid omicron surge

As cases of the omicron variant surge, Tu B’Shevat approaches. Tu B’Shevat celebrates the new year of the trees. This year, the holiday begins the...
David Ben Moshe

Baltimore native ends hunger strike for Israeli citizenship

David Ben Moshe, a Baltimore native, has been trying to become an Israeli citizen for over three years now. On Jan. 3, he began a...
Audrey Polt holds her mother’s heritage album

Why do we want to pass down our memories?

Rich Polt, a Towson resident, thinks of memories as heirlooms. He runs the company Acknowledge Media, producing legacy videos based on conversations with loved...
Sean Siegel

Q&A with the new JNFuture campaign executive

Sean Siegel always knew the importance of standing up for his people — from growing up in a culturally Jewish household in the Los...
Children use art supplies in Chabad of Ellicott City’s garage facility

Ellicott City Chabad’s Power Your Impact campaign exceeds fundraising goals

Chabad of Ellicott City has started 2022 on strong footing, as its end of the year fundraiser has exceeded its goal by nearly $5000,...

An adaptable feast: Jewish restaurants change with the times

Before the pandemic hit, Accents Grill, one of the kosher establishments owned by restaurateur Lara Franks, featured an in-store Shabbat carryout deli, offering traditional...