Messages for the New Year Seven rabbis talk High Holidays and sermons


The High Holidays are a particularly heavy time of the year: a time for reflection, renewal, forgiveness and repentance for individuals, the Baltimore Jewish  community and the Jewish world at large. For rabbis in the Greater Baltimore area, there is no uniform approach to composing sermons for the High Holidays nor uniform topics to cover…. Read More

Community Kibitz: Gefilte Fish


This week the JT popped into three area Jewish eateries to ask customers about what turned out to be a rather ticklish subject: Do you like gefilte fish? Miller’s Deli, 2849 Smith Ave., Pikesville Chatting with the ladies who meet here every week to play mah-jongg. EILEEN GARFIELD (Pikesville): I make it from the can… Read More

Shimon Peres, Israeli Founding Father and ‘Soul of Israel,’ Dies at 93 1923 - 2016


Shimon Peres, the last of the founding generation of Israel’s leaders and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, died Wednesday morning (Israel time)  after a career in public service that spanned seven decades. Peres was 93. Peres served as prime minister twice and was president from 2007 to 2014. He played an instrumental role… Read More

Alternative Worship Chavurot provide another means of Jewish connection


Synagogues in greater Baltimore and all over the world will be packed with crowds for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in the coming weeks. For some, the High Holy Days kick off another Jewish year in which Shabbat will be observed, holidays will be celebrated, and life will flow according to the Jewish calendar…. Read More

Pikesville High Is Now a Cut Above


At 9:37 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, the 1-foot-tall, stage-length purple ribbon representing the team color of Pikesville High School was cut by ceremonially gigantic scissors (also purple rimmed), commemorating the completion of the school’s two-year, $50 million  series of renovations. What followed was an immediate groundswell of thundering applause from the 300 audience members… Read More

Wegmans Opens at Foundry Row

(David Stuck)

The opening of the much-anticipated Wegmans at Foundry Row on Reisterstown Road was officially realized on Sunday, Sept. 18. This year, Wegmans was ranked as the No. 1 supermarket in the nation, a favorite of consumers in the northeast region of the United States. The new Owings Mills Wegmans offers a vast assortment of kosher… Read More

The Jewish ‘Jersey Boys’ Writers of the Baltimore-bound smash hit talk about the musical’s Jewish-Italian connection


If there’s one thing that our Italian cousins and we Jews share, it’s a needling sense of conscience. We’re each compelled by our own personal and shrill Jiminy Cricket forever prodding us to spill the beans. About ourselves, about our worldview, our foibles, what we wish we were and, inevitably, what we wish were not…. Read More

Baltimoreans Protest, Rally for Trump on Monday


No matter where Donald Trump visits as the Nov. 8 presidential election draws near, appearances from the polarizing Republican nominee always seem to stir up fervent  debate for his advocates and opponents. That trend held true when Trump visited the Baltimore Convention Center on Monday afternoon to address the annual conference of the National Guard… Read More

5 Feel-Good Stories from Israel That Will Echo into the Jewish New Year


The Jewish state has nearly made it through another Jewish year and, as always, there was plenty to kvetch about in 5776. But Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time to take stock and celebrate. Before the shofar blowing begins, here are five Israeli stories from the past year worth trumpeting. Expect them… Read More

Rezoning Means Homes Coming To Woodholme

Maps created using Baltimore County’s My  Neighborhood interactive map highlight areas in which zoning changes could lead to new development. (Zoning maps:

The Baltimore County Council on Aug. 30 approved a rezoning request that will pave the way for homes to be built on a piece of vacant land near the Woodholme Country Club. On another contentious zoning issue, the matter of the Hidden Waters property in Pikesville, the council blocked a developer’s request to up-zone the land… Read More