Sukkot Around Town

HOMEY HUT: This humble yet cozy sukkah has made an appearance for more than a decade in Charm City. Without fail, Bill Marker and Nan Tuckett have worked together each year to construct a temporary dwelling in their 0.007-acre backyard. The husband and wife playfully refer to the small haven outside their 1850s home as… Read More

Baltimore’s ‘Rockin’ Rabbi’ Remembers Meeting Tom Petty in Israel

Thirty years ago, Baltimore resident Avraham Rosenblum found himself standing at the Western Wall explaining to Tom Petty that it was the holiest place in Judaism, and that the foundation stone below the Dome of the Rock is considered the foundation stone of the universe. “That’s a pretty wild rock,” Petty said as he walked… Read More

‘Curb’ Returns to New Comedy Era With Same Old Schtick

Four years ago, Susie Essman, known for her role as volatile Susie Greene on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” told Philadelphia’s Jewish Exponent, an affiliated publication of the Baltimore Jewish Times, she “would do another season in a heartbeat.” The HBO smash went on an indefinite hiatus in 2011 after eight seasons, banking on its no-hold-back attitude… Read More

Why Obama’s Former Speechwriter Calls Him the Most Jewish President Ever

He was just 24, but speechwriter David Litt had already become President Barack Obama’s go-to guy for anything considered “kishke-related.” In Litt’s parlance, that meant he wrote the president’s speeches aiming to connect with Jewish Americans on a gut level — things like holiday and anniversary commemorations, but not, say, Israel or foreign policy. That… Read More

You Should Know… Meghann Schwartz

Meghann Schwartz, 33, always knew she wanted a career in the Jewish community. The Brookeville resident and mother of four kids, ranging in age from 20 months to 8 years, is associate director of the Jewish Federation of Howard County. With master’s degrees in Jewish communal service and nonprofit management from Baltimore Hebrew University and… Read More

BT Student Publishes Investment Book for Kids

By the time you were 17, what was your biggest accomplishment? Maybe the middle school soccer team you were on won the state championship or that band you started in high school won a battle of the bands. For Tal Boger, a junior at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, both his interests and his accomplishments… Read More

A Perfect Match: The Stoop Joins JMM to Celebrate Jewish Weddings

Like all the best weddings, the event evoked poignant moments and laughter as the 100 or so guests gathered in the Lloyd Street Synagogue to witness, well, not a wedding, but stories about them. The Jewish Museum of Maryland’s “Just Married: Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland” exhibit paired up with The Stoop Storytelling Series to… Read More