Come for the Party … Stay for the Judaism Area Jewish organizations find new ways to keep 20s/30s engaged

You’re jury-rigging the final acorn to a long piece of misshapen tree bark. As you put down the glue gun used to complete the makeshift menorah, you’re bumped by a young brown-haired girl bundled up for the winter despite the fact the dimly-lit brewery is jam-packed with other 20-somethings and 30-somethings like yourself. Then again,… Read More

Board of Appeals Rules against Proposed Chabad Synagogue

The Baltimore County Board of Appeals ruled Jan. 4 that a Chabad Lubavitch synagogue proposed for the 8400 block of Stevenson Road did not meet certain Baltimore County zoning requirements. Board members Maureen Murphy, Jason Garber and James West said the plan for the synagogue did not comply to the extent possible with RTA (residential… Read More

Park Heights JCC Briefly Evacuated After Bomb Threat

The Park Heights JCC was briefly evacuated on Monday after a phoned-in bomb threat, which proved to be unfounded. The building was cleared after the phone call came in at 11:45 a.m. and was reopened shortly after 2 p.m., once the threat was found to be unsubstantiated. That same day, bomb threats were called in… Read More

Renewing Baltimore New City Council members talk hopes, priorities

When Zeke Cohen and Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer decided to run for the 1st and 5th District seats on the Baltimore City Council this past election, they saw it as a calling. Never mind that, if successful, it would be the first time two Jewish council members served simultaneously since 1987. Cohen and Schleifer felt the… Read More

Just Like That, Steve’s Deli Closes Its Doors

The Greater Baltimore Jewish community lost a mainstay last week with the abrupt closing of Steve’s Deli, leaving Owings Mills with just one Jewish deli. Steve’s Deli officially locked its doors and covered two of them with brown paper on Dec. 27, according to several neighboring business owners and their employees. Workers received a text message… Read More

Sinai Hospice Unit Dedicates Kosher Kitchen

On Dec. 20, the hospice unit at Sinai Hospital dedicated its new kosher kitchen to the late Laure Gutman, a local nurse, longtime volunteer and passionate advocate for end-of-life care. Sinai only opened its inpatient hospice unit a little more than one year ago, and it is managed by Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, a… Read More

An Uncertain Future As new developments take off in Owings Mills, mall site remains a question mark

Wrecking balls and bulldozers have ripped through the walls, roof and foundation that housed Owings Mills Mall, leaving the once-premier upscale Baltimore shopping center a shadow of its former self. A pile of mostly dust and rubble now, the mall appears to be the last piece of the equation for what is likely to become,… Read More

Beth El Gets Centered An Oasis of Spiritual Growth

In these harried, complex times, it can be easy to forget the importance of taking a step back from one’s busy day, breathe and simply be. Integrating this brand of needful mental, physical and spiritual health into one’s connection to Judaism (and vice versa) is exactly what Rabbi Dana Saroken and Rachel Siegal are aspiring… Read More

BJC ‘Profoundly Disappointed’ by UN Resolution

The Baltimore Jewish Council released a statement Monday saying it is “profoundly disappointed” by last week’s U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The United States abstained from voting, a departure from its usual policy of vetoing any resolutions seen as too overtly critical of Israel. The BJC… Read More

The December Dilemma How interfaith families make the holidays meaningful

The December Dilemma is a reality that many interfaith families live out each holiday season. The big question is how to balance Christmas and Chanukah in a family with a parent of each faith. While families try to keep the meaning of Chanukah at the forefront of their celebrations, it can be difficult living in… Read More