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

Come and Get it! Seasons Opens its Doors

An array of green and purple balloons, complemented by a matching sign with the classic greeting “Shalom,” welcomed shoppers as they flocked to Seasons on Tuesday morning. The opening of the New York-based kosher supermarket chain at 1630 Reisterstown Road, the former site of an Office Depot, was three years in the making. Customers began… Read More

Towson Professor Chastises Former Student, White Nationalist Matthew Heimbach

The images of Matthew Heimbach in the center of the white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month that ended in violence and death left Richard Vatz with a feeling of sadness — but not surprise. Heimbach, 26, clad in a black combat helmet with a body guard in tow, has become a fixture… Read More

Staying Relevant Synagogues fight dropping numbers, target millennial generation

Rampant assimilation. Financial pressures. Generational changes. The varied causes of dwindling membership have served as a call to action for some Maryland synagogues — especially when appealing to young professionals. In an effort to combat the decrease in synagogue affiliation, organizations focused on engaging 20- and 30-year-olds have emerged at shuls across the state. These… Read More

Jewish Baltimore Stands with Charlottesville

The images he saw from this past weekend were in stark contrast to the “quiet, tranquil and peaceful city” B’nai Israel Rabbi Etan Mintz knows as Charlottesville, Va. He worked as a chaplain in the University of Virginia Health System between 2008 and 2010. “It’s a college town [with the University of Virginia]. It’s got… Read More

‘They Needed Us’ From the beginning, Columbia’s ecumenical focus has depended on Jewish input

Fifty years ago, Columbia’s promise of equality and prosperity drew hundreds to Howard County. Planned communities like Columbia were not a new idea, but the area’s developer, James Rouse, had a vision that went beyond street layouts and park placement. Today, the area’s Jewish community is in a bind. Though Howard County’s Jewish population has… Read More