You Should Know … Amy Bree Becker

“I think I’ve always been interested in political engagement and young people in particular,” said Amy Bree Becker, 38, in reference to her indomitable passion for the intersection between politics and popular culture. Often focusing her incisive analysis on how comedy — specifically that in the realm of satire via cinema and such television shows… Read More

Baltimore’s Greek Jewish community is a tight-knit one. Bottom row, from left: Louis Yohanas, Marla Yohanas, Soulamith Yohanas, Josephine Velelli Becker, Tilda Koulias Trattner, Esther Koulias Rauseo, Connie Velelli, Rachel Velelli Glaser, Jeannette Carasso Katzen and Lonnie Katzen. Top row, from left: Isaac Yohahas, Marcia Salis, Joe Salis, Steve Rauseo, Victor Velelli and Rick Glaser. (Provided)

The Challenges for Greek Jews Coming to Baltimore Post-Holocaust

In the immediate post-World War II years, the United States saw a massive influx of refugees from war-torn European nations. While typically the Jewish community looks to the European theater when addressing WWII, fewer are aware of the chaotic conditions in Greece at the time. When the Greco-Italian War started in 1940, beginning the Balkan… Read More

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Good for Democracy

With practically all the attention surrounding the 2016 elections going to the two presidential candidates and their contest’s seemingly improbable race to the bottom, you’d be forgiven for thinking that theirs was the only matchup that mattered. But the JT hasn’t forgotten that while the race to the White House is unquestionably important, there are… Read More

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Local Survivor, Doctor Spread Awareness of Breast Cancer Genes

When a routine mammogram revealed she had early- stage breast cancer three years ago, Nisa Felps wondered about treatment. The Baltimore resident opted to have a bilateral mastectomy to remove both her breasts to rid herself of the cancer after consulting with a breast surgeon. “After I came through it, I felt this overwhelming sense… Read More

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Van Hollen for U.S. Senate

In seeking to fill the U.S. Senate being left by retiring Democrat Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Democratic candidate Chris Van Hollen, a longtime member of Congress, comes with a reputation as a legislator who is dependably liberal as well as a team player who can get things done. We supported him in the primaries against… Read More


Local Artist, Rabbi Displays Mosaics at Gallery

Rabbi Gila Ruskin of Temple Adas Shalom has been making mosaics for about 10 years, many of which are eminently displayed in various Jewish institutions in Baltimore. It started out with her creating little crafts to give as gifts. However, after making a tray for someone’s wedding and incorporating their family heirlooms into it, an… Read More

Justin Silberman (David Stuck)

New Year, New Reporters Meet the JT’s reporting staff

Justin Silberman Justin Silberman, 24, has been onboard as a staff writer for the JT for nearly three months, tackling in-depth stories about zoning and politics and writing pieces on the Elijah Cummings Youth in Israel Program and the Baltimore Jewish Council’s Holocaust Teacher’s Institute. While attending Towson University, Silberman focused his studies on journalism… Read More

Irwin Azman (left) and Eli Burman help their mothers show off an armored vest. (Daniel Nozick)

Locals Raise Money to Protect Front-Line Israeli Medics

Two Baltimoreans have successfully led a time-crunched fundraising effort to save Jewish lives in action. The group has raised more than $36,000 since the end of June to provide armored vests to medics on the front lines in Israel, reaching its fundraising goal as of the first week of October. Irwin Azman and Eli Burman,… Read More


The Wegmans at Foundry Row in Owings Mills, which opened Sept. 18, boasts a number of kosher offerings. Are you satisfied with the selection of kosher products the store offers?