Gidon Strikes Again

It’s a typical Friday evening in Jewish Baltimore. Observant Jews are preparing for Shabbat dinner and walking to evening services. The scene is commonplace to those who live in or around Northwest Baltimore. All at once, something horrifying occurs, dramatically altering the peaceful neighborhood milieu. Gunshots, police cars, ambulances, screams of terror. There’s been a… Read More

Obstacle Course

When Erica Finkelstein-Parker shares the news that she and her husband, Brian, will be adopting two children from the Democratic Rep-ublic of the Congo, the reactions she receives from other Jews are sometimes disheartening. “That’s really cool, but couldn’t you adopt a Jewish child?” some say. The Parkers are used to this reaction; they already… Read More

Humor Us

Joe Kashnow dreams of performing in front a packed house at Madison Square Garden. However, on a recent Monday night, Kashnow is at Fish Head Cantina, a nondescript bar in Arbutus, sitting at a table eating a burger, reviewing his notes and planning his set. He then steps outside for a few drags on a… Read More

An Insider’s Look

“Modern Family” executive producer Jeffrey Richman will give an insider’s view of the hit TV show at Howard County’s Federation Live! on June 9. Federation Live! at the Ten Oaks Ballroom is the Jewish Federation of Howard County’s biggest event of the year. This year’s honorees are former federation president Jean Friedberg and Volunteer of… Read More

What Do You Do?

Imagine growing up in Roman Catholic Poland only to discover that you have Jewish heritage. What do you do? Filmmaker Adam Zucker explores this question in his documentary “The Return.” Speaking from his home in New York, Zucker, 55, explained that after the Holocaust and through the fall of communism in 1989, Poland’s few Jews… Read More

Restaurant Offers Gluten-Free Fusion Fare

Combine classic American fare with a little South-Asian fusion. Toss in some Caribbean spice. Then, make sure that whatever is served — bun and all — is completely gluten-free. Welcome to Meet 27 Bistro, a new restaurant in Baltimore’s Remington neighborhood. The creation of Paul Goldberg and his business partner Richard D’Souza, it boasts an… Read More

A ‘Honey’ Of A Day

What says Rosh Hashanah better than apples and honey? Did you know that there are more than 300 types of honey available in the United States, each originating from a different floral source. Avocado honey, anyone? To learn more about the history of honey (and to taste-test some local varieties) join the Jewish Museum of… Read More

Letter From The Past

I pulled the hand-addressed envelope from my mail tray at work. Spying the name above the return address, I said, “Oh my goodness. I just got a letter from my second-grade teacher!” The stationery was bordered with pale pink and blue flowers set apart from the open writing space with a lavender ribbon (not an… Read More