High Holiday Tickets Are Serious Business for Synagogues, Congregants

There’s an old joke about a boy who shows up at a synagogue on Yom Kippur. The usher tells him he can’t come in without a ticket. “But I’m not staying. I just need to talk to my mother,” the boy pleads. “Well, all right,” the usher says. “But if I catch you praying, I’m… Read More

1000 Friends Eyes Future of Pikesville

Mel Mintz and Howard Needle have high expectations for the future of the Pikesville Armory. At a community meeting at the Pikesville Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library on Sept. 6, they said the future of Pikesville hinges largely on a successful revitalization of the military complex. Mintz and Needle, co-founders of the community… Read More

The Mitzvah of Shofar Blowing Is a Learned Discipline

Perhaps two of the most rewarding mitzvahs each year occur during a series of loud howls and screeches. Now if this is your first Elul, you couldn’t be blamed for confusing the aforementioned sound with the honking of a trumpeter swan or the cry of an elephant. The loud and shrill yet beautiful tone of… Read More

Bridging the Gap Ensuring Jewish continuity one step at a time

Among the sea of teenagers donning army uniforms, Zoe Eisenberg stood clutching her replica M4 rifle at the gravesite of former Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. The clan sang “Hatikvah” as it celebrated its completion of Marva, a two-month training session designed to give Diaspora Jews a taste of Israeli military life. For the Pikesville… Read More

Three Women Discover It’s Never Too Late to Have a Bat Mitzvah

One hails from New York, one from North Carolina and one emigrated from Russia. But three women of a certain age and vastly different backgrounds found a deep connection over the past year studying for and achieving their bat mitzvahs last month at Chabad of Owings Mills. Karen Terner of Owings Mills, Martha Gross of… Read More

Hogan Announces Pikesville Armory Commission Chaired by Zirkin

Gov. Larry Hogan issued an executive order on Tuesday to establish the Commission of the Future of the Pikesville Armory, marking the first step in a much-anticipated redevelopment plan for the 114-year-old military complex. As part of the announcement, Hogan tapped state Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-District 11), who represents the Pikesville area, after months of… Read More

Still Their Man Trump’s Jewish supporters in Baltimore remain loyal

Bill Fox will be the first to admit that President Donald Trump can be his own worst enemy, with scores of unforced errors and self-defeating comments that leave the door open for criticism. But Fox, 75, co-founder of the local Republican Jewish Coalition chapter, remains loyal to the president despite his shortcomings. Nearly two weeks… Read More

Talmudical Academy on Verge of 100-Year Anniversary

In the midst of expanding its campus, Talmudical Academy will celebrate a monumental anniversary, marking its centennial as a hub for Torah learning in mid-September. “We’re the community school of Baltimore, not just another school in Baltimore,” said Alex Wertenteil, who has served as chairman of the yeshiva’s board for three years. “And we’ll continue… Read More

Jewish Community Mobilizes for Texas

Maayan Bobylev has had a front-row seat to the unprecedented decimation from Hurricane Harvey in Houston, which poured two feet of rain on the area last weekend and made a second landfall in Louisiana Wednesday. She lives in the Nob Hill Apartments, situated on Brays Bayou, which overflowed onto the streets. In the heavily Jewish… Read More

Conversations on Addiction The Jewish Community Responds

It’s no secret that the Baltimore area has been hard hit by the horrific rise in overdose deaths. For the past six years, drug- and alcohol-related deaths have climbed in Maryland, with an all-time high of 2,089 deaths in 2016, a 66 percent spike from 2015. Heroin, prescription opioids and nonpharmaceutical fentanyl were to blame… Read More