Same Seder, Different ‘Dayenu’

The ancient division of Jewry into Sephardim and Ashkenazim originally was a geographic division: “Ashkenaz” is Hebrew for “German”; “Sepharad” translates as “Spain.” Today, a number of differences between Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jews still exist in practice, despite geography no longer being a factor, as the communities live side by side in Baltimore. The JT… Read More

10-Year-Old Kickstarts the Death Star Synagogue Lego

An enterprising elementary school student, Chanan Finkelstein, has taken to the popular crowd-funding website Kickstarter with a new, custom-made Jewish Lego toy — the Brickovicker Rebbe, the first of a new sect of Lego Chasidim. Chanan, 10, a fourth-grader at Ohr Chadash Academy of Baltimore started the project because wanted the Lego Death Star. At… Read More

Out and Devout: Panel of Faith Leaders Addresses LGBTQ Community

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 Series co-hosted a panel discussion on “Faith Matters: Religion and the LGBTQ Community in Fractious Times.” Del. Mary Washington (D-District 43), who is… Read More

The Faces of Israel’s Ambassadors

Israel is one of the most diverse nations in the world even with a population of just 8.3 million people. As the Jewish state and home to an innumerable amount of relics sacred to Muslims, Christians and Jews alike, Israel has always drawn pilgrims and immigrants from around the world. However, in a time when… Read More

Seders for Seniors

Post retirement, it is important for people to stay engaged with activities and organizations. Even those who are unable to live independently still want to celebrate milestones and holidays, including Passover. And with Passover fast approaching, area senior living facilities with Jewish populations are preparing for the holiday. Sherrie Polsky, director of community life at… Read More

Enabling Israel’s Disabled Through Sports

In Jewish Baltimore, it is rare to find an organization that doesn’t have local philanthropic support. However, on March 2, Faith Harrison of Owings Mills hosted an organization looking for support from that brand of Baltimore generosity. Representatives from the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled (ISCD) met local community members at Harrison’s home on… Read More

The Evolution of the Female Rabbi

In a new show coming to the Gordon Center for Performing Arts this month, actresses will share the struggles, joys, accomplishments and losses of Los Angeles’ pioneering female rabbis. Written by Rabbi Lynne A. Kern and Ronda Spinak, “Stories from the Fringe: Women Rabbis, Revealed!” shares the voices of 18 female rabbis at different stages… Read More

7 New Kids’ Books for Passover, from Seder Guides to Stories

From the wizardry of Harry Potter that echoes with Passover’s themes to a cartoon frog that wisecracks his way through the seder, this year’s new crop of Passover books for kids offers something for all ages and interests. The selection of fresh reads, including two family-friendly Haggadahs, also includes an unusual Jewish immigrant tale set… Read More

You Should Know… Meredith Marx

If you tune into classic rock radio station 100.7 The Bay during the morning and afternoon rush hours, chances are you’ll be listening to Meredith Marx at some point. For the last 12 years, Marx, 38, has been helping listeners navigate Greater Baltimore’s busy highways and byways by providing up-to-the-minute transportation news as the station’s… Read More

Prescription Chicken: Just What the Doctor Ordered

Baltimore residents whose immune systems have been debilitated by the winter and its odd weather patterns need not go far this month for some Jewish penicillin — chicken soup (with matzoh balls). They can just head to R. House in Remington, where their medicine awaits. “It’s always been my favorite thing to make,” said Valerie… Read More