Shomrim, Councilman Schleifer Help Police Arrest Carjacking Suspect

A 15-year-old was arrested and charged with carjacking, assault and theft of a motor vehicle after four separate carjacking incidents took place in the Upper Park Heights area Sunday. Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith called the suspect a “repeat violent offender” in a news conference Monday. At approximately 1:30 a.m., two people pulling up to… Read More

Empowered! Five young politically involved women talk activism, challenges and public service

A few months ago, when Donald Trump pulled off his stunning upset of Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, Mandee Heinl decided not to wallow in her disappointment but to take action. Heinl, 26, of Pikesville, has in recent weeks helped organize what she calls “huddles,” groups of about 25 women in various locations around… Read More

Chametz Burning Provides Space for Community Ritual

For Elly Lasson, the annual burning of chametz, or leavened food that cannot be consumed during Passover, is a family affair that goes back decades. Lasson 52, arrived at Pimlico Race Course on the morning of April 10 with his father, Moshe, to toss every bread crumb he owned into one of the two dozen… Read More

Howard County Native Takes Over Cincinnati Jewish Council

Last month, Howard County native Jackie Congedo was named director of the Cincinnati Jewish Community Relations Council, the city’s equivalent of the Baltimore Jewish Council. The council is an arm of the local Jewish Federation. “I feel really humbled and lucky to have been offered this opportunity during this pivotal time,” Congedo, 31, said. Congedo… Read More

A SAFE Bet Elder abuse program at CHANA comes into its own

During the hottest part of the summer last year, John would go to work, leaving behind his wife, Jane, who was cognitively impaired due to dementia, in a home without a working air conditioner or fridge. The food had maggots in it. A cousin eventually reached out to CHANA, an agency of The Associated: Jewish… Read More

Paula Vogel’s ‘Indecent’ Sets Stage with Timely Themes

Paula Vogel’s powerful drama “Indecent” explores a shameful time in American theater and Jewish history. It’s about events surrounding the 1923 Broadway production of Sholem Asch’s provocative, groundbreaking play “God of Vengeance,” which was written in 1906 in Yiddish and translated for the American stage. Asch’s play follows a Jewish couple who run a brothel… Read More

Bradley Melzer: A Leader in Beth Tfiloh Baseball

Bradley Melzer considers himself fortunate to be playing for Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School’s varsity baseball team, laying the groundwork for a new generation of players he hopes to inspire. A team captain and four-year starter, Melzer had considered suiting up for perennial area high school powers such as Gilman or St. Paul’s. But the… Read More

Rabbis Riff on Passover Six rabbis talk about the modern-day meaning of the holiday

Every year on Passover, Jewish communities the world over read from the Haggadah to hear the story of the Jewish people’s enslavement and to celebrate our liberation. The story doesn’t change year to year, but as local rabbis explained to the JT, its deep meaning is multifaceted, and the Passover story continues to have essential… Read More

Federal Suit Filed in Stevenson Chabad Case

Following two years of legal entanglements, an attorney representing a Chabad congregation that wants to build a synagogue on Stevenson Road filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland Tuesday against Baltimore County and the Baltimore County Board of Appeals. Roman Storzer, a top attorney in the Religious Land Use… Read More

JCC Head Barak Hermann Meets with Attorney General Jeff Sessions

On March 30, JCC of Greater Baltimore CEO Barak Hermann was among a group of American Jewish leaders to meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions to express concern about the recent bomb threats to Jewish institutions and the rise in anti-Semitism. The meeting was requested by Jewish leaders. More than 130 bomb threats were made… Read More