You Should Know … Daniel Hoch

Daniel Hoch is a dentist based out of Harford County. When he’s not plying his day job, however, he’s honing his intellect through weekly study of Torah, Talmud and Judaism. Hoch is a first-generation American — his mother was a Holocaust survivor from Germany, and his father survived the ghetto in Budapest before coming to… Read More

An Open Tent

While I was covering the JCC Biennial in Baltimore last year, I heard a story that I felt was truly emblematic of what community means. Looking to capture the contributions of Baltimore’s Jewish leaders at the Biennial, I sat in on a session in which JCC of Greater Baltimore CEO Barak Hermann and Rabbi Jessy… Read More

Towson Hillel Director Noam Bentov Makes Move to Johns Hopkins

Noam Bentov is leaving his post as executive director of the Towson University Hillel after nearly two years to become executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Hillel. The announcement first came in a Facebook status on Bentov’s personal page May 12. Bentov told the JT he plans to remain at Towson through the end… Read More

You Should Know … Alex Barron

Alex Barron, 34, hails from northern New Jersey (although, somewhat surprisingly, his town did not include many fellow Jews), but Maryland has been his home for the past 11 years — first in Montgomery County and now in the Baltimore area. Barron is an English teacher at the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, teaching mainly… Read More

Culinary Evolution

In recent years, Baltimore has become a not-so-secret culinary destination. Neighborhoods such as Remington, Hampden, Fells Point and Canton have become foodie hot spots with restaurants spanning international flavors. In 2015, Zagat named Baltimore the United States’ No. 2 food city. So it’s only natural that the kosher food scene would mirror what’s happening in… Read More

Robert O. Freedman Skeptical of U.S.-Russia Future

The Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs (BCFA) hosted Robert O. Freedman, a visiting professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University and formerly of Baltimore Hebrew University, for a talk on U.S.-Russia relations on May 16. In his remarks, Freedman was skeptical of the benefit of Russian cooperation in conflicts and the United States’ ability… Read More

Union Craft Brewing to Expand

Union Craft Brewing, a Hampden-based brewery, has outgrown its current location on Union Avenue and will be moving to a larger facility —practically right up the street. The new facility, about a half-mile away at 1700 W. 41st St., will see Union Craft’s brewery and taproom triple in size and is set to open in… Read More

A Chip Off the JCC’s Block

To the excitement of many community members, the JCC of Greater Baltimore will soon host its fourth annual block party, a yearly community festival that brings together local organizations such as Jewish agencies and community nonprofits. The block party is one of the JCC’s biggest events, drawing thousands of attendees, vendors and partners each year…. Read More

For Love of Community

This past winter, in the midst of the bomb threats to JCCs across the country, I witnessed something incredible. I was in a meeting at the JCC with Jewish Volunteer Connection when we learned of a bomb threat to the JCC next door and heard we needed to evacuate. As we left the building, I… Read More

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America Eats for Israel — All You Have to Do Is EAT

On Monday, May 15, 2017, communities across the United States will join together in dining at participating Kosher restaurants to feed hungry Israelis. 10% of proceeds will go toward funding Meir Panim’s Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchens in Israel. 1.7 million Israelis live in poverty – and 800,000 of them are vulnerable children. For more than a… Read More

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