Out and Devout: Panel of Faith Leaders Addresses LGBTQ Community 

Date: May 30, 2017 Source: Baltimore Jewish Times URL: https://www.jewishtimes.com/out-and-devout-panel-of-faith-leaders-addresses-lgbtq-community/ From left: Del. Mary Washington, Andrew Foster Connors, Jann Jackson, Allyson Abrams, Anushka Aqil and Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen On Sunday, leaders from four faiths — Judaism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity — met to talk about their relationships, but not with each other. The Human Rights Campaign and Brown Memorial’s Tiffany … Read More

LGBTQ Advocacy Group Eshel to Host Retreat for Orthodox Parents – Baltimore Jewish Times 4/28/17

Date: April 28, 2017 Source: Baltimore Jewish Times URL: https://www.jewishtimes.com/lgbtq-advocacy-group-eshel-to-host-retreat-for-orthodox-parents/ Sometimes, parents know their child is gay even before their child does. That was not at all the experience of Mindy Sager Dickler, whose family is modern Orthodox. Her son, Elie, coming out five-and-a-half years ago took her completely by surprise. Though Dickler and the rest of the family were … Read More

Orthodox Woman Supports LGBTQ Community – JMORE

Date: March 31, 2017 Source: Jmore URL: https://jmoreliving.com/2017/03/31/orthodox-baltimorean-supports-lgbtq-individuals-families/ Mindy Dickler wants LGBTQ members of the Jewish community and their parents to feel welcome, safe and included. Photo by Vince Lupo “When a child comes out of the closet, a parent goes in,” says Mindy Dickler. A retired teacher, mother of three and member of the local Orthodox community, Dickler never … Read More

Bolton Street Names New Rabbi 

Date: March 15, 2017 Source: Baltimore Jewish Times URL: https://www.jewishtimes.com/bolton-street-names-new-rabbi/ Rabbi Andy Gordon feels that he has found the proper spiritual home at Bolton Street Synagogue. “I loved Bolton Street Synagogue, the warmth and inclusivity and intimacy that they showed, both in their application and when I visited,” he said. “It just seemed like the right fit — I was … Read More

Bolton Street Synagogue Affiliates with Reform Movement 

Date: August 4, 2016 Source: Baltimore Jewish Times URL: https://www.jewishtimes.com/bolton-street-synagogue-affiliates-with-reform-movement/ The sanctuary at Bolton Street Synagogue, which recently affiliated with the Reform movement. (Adam Barry) After 30 years of being unaffiliated with a larger movement, Bolton Street Synagogue officially affiliated with the Reform movement in June. Founded by a group of Jewish families in 1986, the synagogue started in the … Read More

Baltimore Hebrew Hosts Pride Interfaith Night 

Date: July 27, 2016 Source: Baltimore Jewish Times URL: https://www.jewishtimes.com/baltimore-hebrew-hosts-pride-interfaith-night/ Baltimore Hebrew Congregation hosted the annual Pride Interfaith Celebration on July 21. (Adam Barry) Baltimore Hebrew Congregation became a refuge for many Baltimore residents on the night of July 21, when it hosted this year’s Baltimore Pride Interfaith Celebration, a gathering of clergy and audience from different faith communities across … Read More

You Should Know … Madeline Suggs 

Date: July 7, 2016 Source: Baltimore Jewish Times URL: https://www.jewishtimes.com/you-should-know-madeline-suggs/ Madeline Suggs (Photo by Marc Shapiro) Madeline Suggs, 25, serves as the director of public affairs for the Baltimore Jewish Council, where she has been for the past two years. During that time she has facilitated a number of interfaith and interracial events with the Jewish community, a hallmark achievement … Read More

Orlando Shooting Brings UMD Students Out of the Closet 

Date: June 24, 2016 Source: Baltimore Jewish Times URL: https://www.jewishtimes.com/orlando-shooting-brings-umd-students-out-of-the-closet/ Chaim Kalish was celebrating the Shavuot holiday when Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 patrons at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. It took the 24-year-old student at the University of Maryland at College Park only 15 minutes after the holiday ended to post a defiant response on Facebook: … Read More

Simply, Sadness 

Date: June 16, 2016 Source: Baltimore Jewish Times URL: https://www.jewishtimes.com/simply-sadness/ You can tell a lot about a person by how he or she responds to a crisis. The same can be said for a community. Take a look at all of the reactions this week to the worst mass shooting in U.S. history: Among the near-universal condemnation — news reports … Read More

Outpouring of Love in the Face of Hatred, Violence 

Date: June 15, 2016 Source: Baltimore Jewish Times URL: https://www.jewishtimes.com/outpouring-of-love-in-the-face-of-hatred-violence/ Hundreds turned out for a vigil in Baltimore’s Station North neighborhood on Monday, June 13 to remember the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. (Dan Samuels) Reeling from the nation’s deadliest mass shooting in its history, many cities around the country and the world came together in vigil, … Read More