Survivor Bronislawa ‘Bronka’ Taler Eluded Nazi Capture 1924-2017

After surviving the Holocaust on the run for six years, the adventurous and boisterous Bronislawa Taler would eventually build a home in America and raise a family who would carry on her legacy. The Annapolis resident died on Saturday of congestive heart failure. She was 93. Family and friends remember Taler, or “Bronka,” as they… Read More

‘A Sacred Mission’ For 125 Years Sol Levinson & Bros. celebrates another milestone in serving the Baltimore Jewish community

Through 125 years, 12 family members in five generations, five locations and thousands of funerals, Sol Levinson & Bros. has carried on its important, if macabre, legacy — death. As one of the few — and for much of its existence the only — Jewish funeral home in the area, Sol Levinson has become an… Read More

Two Area Conservative Rabbis Find Themselves on a ‘Blacklist’

At least two area Conservative rabbis found their names on a so-called “blacklist” compiled by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate rejecting their 2016 letters confirming people’s Jewish identities for aliyah. In order to get married in Israel, Jews must first have their Jewish identity confirmed by a rabbi according to Jewish law. The rabbi then sends… Read More

Pikesville-Greenspring Group Gathers Input on Pedestrian Safety

Friends Sheryl Grossman of Pikesville and Cheryl Gottlieb of Towson sometimes have trouble navigating the sidewalks and streets of their own neighborhoods. The “S/Cheryls from Baltimore, Your Disability Rights Duo,” as they call themselves, get around in power wheelchairs. So, if the sidewalks aren’t shoveled, or there aren’t enough curb cuts to safely motor onto… Read More

Clayworks’ Conundrum Mounting debt could spell the end of arts institution

When Marsha Smelkinson returned to her native Baltimore in 2009 after living in San Diego for 25 years, she was looking for an outlet that would provide for her a sense of community. It didn’t take long to find Baltimore Clayworks, a nonprofit center for ceramic arts that opened its doors in Mount Washington 37… Read More

Residents Voice Hopes for Northwestern High Property

The Baltimore City Department of Planning held a meeting Monday evening at Northwestern High to gather  community input on the future of the 51-year-old school that closed last month as part of a massive 10-year, $1 billion  renovation and reorganization  of city schools known as the 21st Century Schools Building Plan. The city school board… Read More

Dividing Wall Baltimore rabbis sound off on Kotel conundrum

Many Jews of the Diaspora and in Israel are in an uproar following the announcement on June 25 that plans to establish an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall have been formally frozen by the Israeli government following pressure from haredi organizations. A compromise agreement to create this space at Judaism’s holiest site was… Read More

Beloved Beth Tfiloh Teacher Retires

Joyce Grand experienced a lot of change during her 37 years at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School — not only in its transition from a small school to a large lower, middle and high school, but also in its progress academically and technologically. Still, one thing remained constant: the sense of belonging. “I’ve loved all… Read More

From Bikes to Basketball, Charity Event Honors Rachel’s Memory

Rachel Minkove had a talent for bringing together people for a common cause, inviting neighbors over for Shabbat and working with young adults in their fight against cancer. In many ways, her family remembers her as a community connector. So it seemed only fitting that her brothers, Jon and Sam, honor Rachel for her giving… Read More