Creative Alliance, B’nai Israel Kick Off New Sacred Music Series

When one thinks of sacred music, cantorial music or gospel might come to mind. But black Moroccans playing Jewish music from Africa? That’s exactly what will kick off a new sacred music series presented by B’nai Israel and Creative Alliance on Saturday, Oct. 21. Innov Gnawa – Sebitiyin: The Jewish Songs of Gnawa is the… Read More

Dinner to Honor Jews in the Line of Duty

Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum views his work with members of the military and law enforcement simply as a way of giving back to serve those who serve the public. Through Jewish Uniformed Services Association of Maryland, Tenenbaum estimates he annually provides outreach and services for as many as 300 local military, police, fire and other public… Read More

Community Mourns Greg’s Bagels Founder

For nearly three decades, Greg’s Bagels has claimed a cozy sliver of Belvedere Square. It’s housed in a 1,800-square-foot space along a strip of bustling shops and restaurants, the livelihood of its founder, Greg Novik, who along with his wife, Kathleen, established a community staple. But the square lost its treasured unofficial mayor when the… Read More

JT Exclusive: New Pikesville Deli to Open in Late October

Pikesville deli enthusiasts won’t have to wait much longer for Neil Parish to bring his offerings to town. Despite taking months longer than expected, The Essen Room is confident it will open in its new Hooks Village facility in late October, Parish, the deli’s owner, told the JT on Thursday. Parish originally hoped to be… Read More

You Should Know… Kelly Toledano

Kelly Toledano is proud of her Jewish heritage. Like many observant tribe members, the 26-year-old Owings Mills resident regularly celebrates Shabbat, keeps kosher and attends synagogue. But growing up in France, Toledano felt she had to hide her religious identity, at least in public circles, because of what she felt was a growing number of… Read More

‘Walking in Antarctica’ with Owings Mills Artist Helen Glazer

More than a decade ago, when Helen Glazer first entertained the idea of applying as an artist in residence at the bottom of the world, she had one image in her head: flat and white. But after applying to the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists & Writers Program six times over 10 years, she was… Read More

Chasidic Folk Band Zusha Set to Play Baltimore

The trio of bearded hipsters may be part of the tribe, but the impact of their wordless melodies has stretched far beyond the Jewish community. Three years after Zusha made a name in the music realm, with its debut EP ranking No. 9 on Billboard’s World Music Chart, the folk band is scheduled to bring… Read More

Kugel Contest Showcases Dishes with a Twist

Beside the tray of kugel prepared by Bill Marker lay a black-and-white portrait of his late mother — the woman responsible for sparking his interest in the dish more than 30 years ago. “I wanted to bring her with me,” Marker said. He removed the golden frame containing her photo from the wall of his… Read More

Memoir Details Young Author’s Year in Israel

One barely has to read past the first paragraph of “Culture Shock,” a memoir by Pikesville native Elana Rubin, to know that the story will follow an American middle-school-aged girl on her way to live in Israel for 12 months. What might surprise some is how recently the author’s trip took place. The essays in… Read More

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A Better Transit System for a Brighter Future

In October 2015, Gov. Larry Hogan announced BaltimoreLink — a transformative project aimed at converting the existing antiquated transit routes in the Baltimore area into a true transit network, operated by the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA). After 19 months of preparation and thanks to the dedication of more than 3,000… Read More


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