Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Talks Park Heights Redevelopment at Associated Meeting

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh told the crowd gathered at Beth Tfiloh Congregation Wednesday night that she feels Park Heights “is part of our city that can be vibrant again.” Addressing more than 350 supporters and donors at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s annual meeting — where it was announced that the annual campaign… Read More

You Should Know… Joseph Zajdel

Joseph Zajdel has been around Baltimore all his life, and he understands there are a lot of needs in the city. Zajdel, 37, grew up in Randallstown, attended Pikesville High School and lives in Stevenson with his wife, Lisa, and son, Bradley. He graduated from Towson University in 2002 with degrees in psychology and business… Read More

A Gold Star for Filicori Zecchini

Filicori Zecchini, an Italian coffee shop with locations in Towson and Baltimore, has received a new kosher certification from Star K, effective Tuesday. The establishment, now certified Star D (Star K’s dairy designation), recently encountered a setback when Rabbi Zvi Weiss, its previous mashgiach, pulled his Vaad HaKashrus due to the recently opened downtown location,… Read More

New Day for Rosewood

I drive by the former Rosewood Center every day on Garrison Forest Road on my way to the Jewish Times’ Owings Mills office. Its boarded- up buildings covered in vines, abandoned basketball courts and overgrown grass are as much a part of my commute as Greenspring Station, which I also pass every day. An average… Read More

Baltimore City Council Says ‘Yes’ to Paris Climate Pact

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, the Baltimore City Council on Monday unanimously voted 14-0 to pass a resolution to support the international agreement. The resolution, introduced by Councilman Zeke Cohen (D-District 1), outlines a pledge from the city to fight “practices that disrupt shortsighted… Read More

JWI Recognized by Slingshot

Jewish Women International has been named one of the top 50 innovative Jewish organizations by The Slingshot Guide, an annual publication spotlighting Jewish nonprofit organizations, for its Boy to Mentsch program, which addresses issues of domestic violence and problematic masculinity in Orthodox Baltimore communities through camps, seminars, sports leagues and schools. The JWI believes improved… Read More

A Matter of Transparency

Numerous “American friends of” organizations exist in the Jewish communal firmament to help direct funds to worthy causes in Israel. That’s what most people thought was the case with an organization known as Aish International — it was generally assumed to be the American fundraising arm of Jerusalem-based Aish HaTorah, the haredi Orthodox outreach group… Read More

A Call for Thoughtful Dialogue

The human capacity to devise new ways to disrupt, terrorize, injure and kill appears limitless. And so it was on June 14 that James T. Hodgkinson, armed with a semiautomatic rifle, turned the congressional Republican team’s practice for the next day’s baseball game for charity into a bloodbath. Hodgkinson, who was shot and killed by… Read More

Let’s Break Political Intolerance

The shooting in Alexandria, Va., that nearly killed Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) should be a wakeup call for all of us concerned about today’s nasty political rhetoric. But instead of tamping down the political rhetoric, there are those who are seeking to politicize this tragedy by compounding the blame and hate. For instance, there is… Read More

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BaltimoreLink: Connecting You to Life’s Opportunities

On Sunday, June 18, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) will implement BaltimoreLink — Gov. Larry Hogan’s multiphase plan to create an interconnected transit system by re-designing the entire local and express bus systems throughout Baltimore. Baltimore Link adds 12 new high-frequency, color-coded bus routes (called CityLink) that improve connections to… Read More

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