A Thanksgiving Blessing

The Mintzes' new addition

Rabbi Etan Mintz, who has shepherded the downtown Baltimore congregation B’Nai Israel for the past four-and-a-half years, welcomed a new addition to his growing family over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Mintz, 38, and his 33-year-old wife Tammy — who earned her doctorate in child psychology from the University of Virginia — have been married for… Read More

The ‘Dean’ Says Goodbye Rikki Spector retires from City Council after nearly 40 years

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Often called “feisty” by friends and foes alike, longtime Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector, 80, spoke of plans for another 40 years the day after being knocked to the ground in an attempted carjacking that left her with a black eye last Friday. “I go into the biblical mode of 120 years,” Spector said…. Read More

Spector: ‘Give them the car? Are you nuts?’

Rikki Spector was pulling her cellphone out of her pocket around 10:15 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 when two teenage boys dressed in school uniforms and wearing book bags raced toward her Buick. They then proceeded to pull the door open, Spector said, and threw her out of the car onto the concrete floor. “They… Read More

Chabad Lubavitch Makes It 50 with South Dakota

Rabbi Mendel Alperowitz, who is headed to South Dakota, addresses of the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries. (Eliyahu Parypa/Chabad.org)

In a vast banquet hall at the Brooklyn Marine Terminal Pier 8 in New York, more than 5,000 Chabad Lubavitch emissaries, lay leaders and supporters gathered on Nov. 27 for the culminating event of the five-day International Conference of Chabad Lubavitch Emissaries. The conference came as the Chabad community marks 75 years since the late… Read More

Anti-Semitism Abroad Not Yet at 1930s Level But ‘Bleak’ Nonetheless

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Jewish journalists met with members of the Obama administration on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the State Department for a briefing on worldwide anti-Semitism as well as U.S. efforts to secure reparations to Holocaust survivors. The meeting was arranged by the American Jewish Press Association, which held its annual conference in Washington, D.C., last month. During… Read More

Spector Talks Carjacking, Assault

City Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector calls citizen watch groups the “eyes and ears” of the community. (File photo)

Baltimore police have arrested a second teenager involved in the attempted carjacking of Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector last Friday, police said. A 13-year-old boy was taken into custody at a family member’s home around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning and has been charged as a juvenile with attempted robbery and first- and second-degree assault…. Read More

Rabbis Sign Pledge to Hold Trump Accountable for Human Rights

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Several Baltimore area rabbis and cantors are among more than 650 Jewish faith leaders who signed a pledge to hold the Donald Trump administration accountable for protecting the human rights and civil liberties of all people. T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights is circulating the pledge, which was posted on the organization’s website two weeks ago…. Read More

Rochelle ‘Rikki’ Spector Assaulted, Robbed in Carjacking Attempt

City Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector calls citizen watch groups the “eyes and ears” of the community. (File photo)

Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector was assaulted and robbed by two teenagers in a south Baltimore parking garage on Friday morning, Detective Jeremy Silbert of the Baltimore Police Department told the JT. At around 10:15 a.m., officers were called to the unit block of Pierside Drive, off Key Highway, where police said Spector, 80,  had… Read More

Avraham Infeld Named as First Visiting Israel Scholar

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  Sue Glick Liebman hardly needs introduction for those involved in the Baltimore Jewish community. Currently a director-at-large of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and former president of the JCC of Greater Baltimore, Glick Liebman has dedicated much of her life to advancing Jewish life and education both here and abroad. Now, the… Read More

Addressing the Epidemic of Human Trafficking

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As an orthopedic surgeon with nearly 40 years of experience, Dr. Robert Keehn is still eager to learn how he can enhance the type of services he offers. Keehn, who runs his own private practice with offices in Owings Mills, Lutherville and Pikesville, said he is always looking for innovative ways to treat patients suffering… Read More