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

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

Baltimore Shabbat Project Continues its Mission of Unity

The Baltimore Shabbat Project returns for its fourth year Oct. 22-28, with community challah bakes, a concert and events around Baltimore bringing together thousands to observe Shabbat and celebrate Jewish unity. Now an international effort, the original Shabbos Project was launched in 2013 by the chief rabbi of South Africa to get Jews to celebrate… Read More

Patience, Patience

This week’s cover story focuses on the revitalization of the Pikesville commercial district. With an engaged community group, a county revitalization effort and a state effort to evaluate a crucial property, it seems all eyes are on Pikesville. But as you’ll read in Justin Silberman’s story, this won’t exactly happen overnight, especially the redevelopment at… Read More

Nirenberg Brings Brazilian Flavor to Baltimore

Jazz saxophonist Michel Nirenberg is a proud Brazilian but recognizes his deep Jewish roots. “I have a sense of belonging as a carioca — as someone from Rio [de Janeiro] — and as a Jewish carioca,” he said. Nirenberg’s sense of identity is probably most apparent, musically, in the song “Nirenberg in the Shtetl.” The… Read More

The Power of Community

For most of us, life revolves around communities, whether it’s our religious community, work community, community of friends or the community we live in. These communities enhance our lives and define how we live. In this week’s issue, we dive into a number of different communities that encompass the larger Baltimore Jewish community. Susan Ingram’s… 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

Petition Launched for Fired U-Md. Professor

Did Melissa Landa lose her job in the University of Maryland’s College of Education because of her support for Israel, opposition to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, and her charges that there is anti-Semitism at her alma mater, Oberlin College? This is what Landa, a 10-year veteran of the department, claims in a… 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