Four Days after Arrest, More Bomb Threats

Just four days after the FBI arrested St. Louis resident Juan Thompson, 31, in connection with eight bomb threats to Jewish institutions since January, a sixth wave of threats hit the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville and at least 11 other Jewish institutions in six U.S. states and Canada. Thompson reportedly… Read More

Baltimore City Council Preliminarily Approves $15 Minimum Wage

Despite holding both a part-time and full-time job and working at least 55 hours per week, Joshua Graham still struggles to cover his basic living expenses and make ends meet. By day, the 28-year-old West Baltimore resident works for a firm that provides security at the headquarters of T. Rowe Price at 100 E. Pratt… Read More

Hamantaschen Time JT staff weighs in on local options for the delicious Haman hat-shaped treat

Purim is arguably the most festive holiday of the Jewish year. There are many traditional elements to the holiday — we celebrate salvation from Haman’s plot to eradicate the Jews with costumes, graggers, gift baskets known as mishloach manot and, of course, hamantaschen. But how did this oddly shaped cookie become a staple of the… Read More

Owings Mills JCC, Md. Day Schools Receive Non-Credible Bomb Threats

The Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, along with 22 other JCCs and eight Jewish day schools in 16 states, received a bomb threat on Monday, which proved to be “noncredible.” The Owings Mills JCC received the phone threat around 10 a.m., and after consultation and an extensive sweep of the building, it was determined that an… Read More

Former Suburban House Workers Sue for Alleged Unpaid Wages

Former employees of Pikesville eatery Suburban House Restaurant are suing the restaurant for alleged failure to pay minimum and overtime wages. The class-action lawsuit, filed by three former employees in the U.S. District Court of Maryland this past November, claims Suburban House co-owner Mark Horowitz regularly failed to pay employees at least $3.63 per hour,… Read More

Building for the Future Talmudical Academy Turns 100, Starts Its Expansion

“In rural history, 100 years is not long, but in American Jewish history, it is an incredibly long time,” Rabbi Yaacov Cohen, executive director of Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim — Talmudical Academy (TA), proclaimed proudly. “To have a Jewish day school around for 100 years is historic.” Cohen cannot stop raving about the monumental anniversary that… Read More

End-of-Life Hearing in Md. General Assembly Draws Passionate Testimony

Doug Tsitouris suffers from advanced emphysema and says with certainty that he isn’t afraid to die. But when the time arises, he wants to go out on his own terms. Tsitouris, 68, of Cape St. Claire in Anne Arundel County, was diagnosed with his terminal illness about seven years ago. But an oxygen tank with… Read More

Well-Connected Day School Teacher Suspected of Sexual Abuse in Pittsburgh

After a lengthy investigation, a former teacher at Yeshiva Boys School of Pittsburgh, an important institution in the Chabad-Lubavitch educational system, is a suspect in several alleged incidents of child sexual abuse. According to police, Rabbi Nisson Friedman, 26, who is well connected in Pittsburgh’s Jewish community and is the son of an influential Minnesota-based rabbi,… Read More

Soldiering On Love for Israel and its people draws locals to Israel Defense Forces

Just their first week on the job and Gil Kuttler’s friends were run over by a terrorist. As newly minted soldiers, the potential for terrorism and violence — in general, if not the specifics of a collision with a car — comes with the territory. Just maybe not quite so early. Gil and his friends… Read More

David Simon-Organized Pro-Immigrant Rally Draws Sold-Out Crowd to Beth Am

The sold-out City of Immigrants rally organized by “The Wire” creator David Simon filled Beth Am Synagogue Monday night and raised tens of thousands of dollars for local and national nonprofits who work on behalf of immigrants. The event was also livestreamed by The Washington Post, the Facebook video of which had more than 75,000… Read More