All I Want for Christmas Is … Chinese Food and a Movie

Chinese food and a movie on Christmas: It’s become a cherished Jewish tradition across the nation, and Baltimore is certainly no exception. Sonny Lee, owner of Sonny Lee’s Hunan Taste, estimates that being strategically located in Reisterstown, he has amassed a following of customers over the past 15 years that is “90 to 95 percent… Read More

100 Years, 100 (Thousand) Stories Jewish Big Brother Big Sister Program celebrates its centennial

Do the math and there is a glimpse into the impact of the Jewish Big Brother Big Sister Program in Baltimore — tens of thousands of lives (perhaps even more) meaningfully, personally changed over 100 years. But this isn’t a numbers story. It’s a human one. From the forging of lifelong friendships to the inspiring… Read More

Goldberg’s Sees Drop in Business Following Trump Outrage

The recent backlash against Goldberg’s New York Bagels owner Stanley Drebin’s support of President-elect Donald Trump has shown that political allegiances can come with costs. Drebin said his business is down 15 percent and has seen a 20 percent dip in foot traffic. It all started in late October, one week before Trump’s upset victory over… Read More

Hogan to Double Nonpublic School Scholarship Program Governor makes announcement at Bais Yaakov

Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced the state is doubling down on a program that helps students pay for nonpublic school tuition during a visit to Bais Yaakov School for Girls. The state-funded program, Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST), would gradually see its funding increase from $5 million to $10 million by 2020 under… Read More

The ‘Dean’ Says Goodbye Rikki Spector retires from City Council after nearly 40 years

Often called “feisty” by friends and foes alike, longtime Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector, 80, spoke of plans for another 40 years the day after being knocked to the ground in an attempted carjacking that left her with a black eye last Friday. “I go into the biblical mode of 120 years,” Spector said…. Read More

Anti-Semitism Abroad Not Yet at 1930s Level But ‘Bleak’ Nonetheless

Jewish journalists met with members of the Obama administration on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the State Department for a briefing on worldwide anti-Semitism as well as U.S. efforts to secure reparations to Holocaust survivors. The meeting was arranged by the American Jewish Press Association, which held its annual conference in Washington, D.C., last month. During… Read More

Rabbis Sign Pledge to Hold Trump Accountable for Human Rights

Several Baltimore area rabbis and cantors are among more than 650 Jewish faith leaders who signed a pledge to hold the Donald Trump administration accountable for protecting the human rights and civil liberties of all people. T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights is circulating the pledge, which was posted on the organization’s website two weeks ago…. Read More

Jewish Life in Vermont In the picturesque countryside, do-it-yourself Judaism creates connections

“No one comes to Vermont to be Jewish.” Susan Leff, executive director of Jewish Communities of Vermont (JCVT), isn’t trying to be glib. She’s simply acknowledging a basic reality about her adopted state: When most people think of populous, thriving, prototypically Jewish communities, they generally think of places such as Boca Raton, Fla., or Crown… Read More

The Fountain of Brew Is Union Craft's Henry Benesch the oldest brewery worker in the country?

Ninety-six-year-old Henry Benesch may very well be the oldest person in the country to be working at a brewery. At least that’s what his son, Jerry Benesch, said he believes during a visit to Hampden/ Clipper Mill’s nearly 5-year-old Union Craft Brewery, co-founded by Henry’s grandson, Adam. Benesch, whom everyone  at the brewery lovingly refers… Read More

Baltimore Firefighters Help Battle Blazes in Israel

When a rash of wildfires spread in Israel last week, a group of Americans were ready to drop everything and head overseas to help the Jewish state. “The motherland called,” Capt. Scott Goldstein of the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company said via email from Israel. “Outside of America, there is no other country on the planet… Read More