Towson Hillel Director Noam Bentov Makes Move to Johns Hopkins

Noam Bentov is leaving his post as executive director of the Towson University Hillel after nearly two years to become executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Hillel. The announcement first came in a Facebook status on Bentov’s personal page May 12. Bentov told the JT he plans to remain at Towson through the end… Read More

Rod Rosenstein’s Secret Rockville JCC History

Mystery solved! Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who played a central role in James Comey’s firing, used to play center field in a softball league at what is now the Bender Jewish Community Center in Rockville. Or maybe right field. Or maybe short left. It’s unclear. What is clear is that the man overseeing… Read More

Is Trump’s Intelligence Disclosure Bad for Israel?

A day after it was reported that President Donald Trump had given top secret intelligence from Israel to Russia, a bipartisan group of lawmakers met a roomful of Jews in the U.S. Capitol. They fondly recalled their first visit to Israel and called on Trump to make good on his campaign pledge to move the… Read More

BHC Announces New Dues Model

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation announced earlier this month that it would be adopting a new dues structure for congregants following a year-long study of both its own and other congregations’ membership requirements. The biggest change is that BHC will make dues voluntary as opposed to compulsory for first-year members of any age and for congregants under… Read More

Jewish women’s organizations Come Together for 101st Convention

The Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations in Maryland hosted its 101st convention May 11 at Temple Oheb Shalom, attracting a couple hundred women and grappling with how to keep their organizations relevant in today’s world. The federation is home to nearly 30 Jewish women’s organizations — mostly congregation sisterhoods and service organizations — and celebrated… Read More

Kosher Evolution In Baltimore, restaurants and businesses redefine a traditional industry

With Baltimore’s Jewry so heavily invested in local arts, sciences and philanthropy, it is no surprise that Jews are prevalent in the world of  cutting-edge cuisine. Just as  Israel is now a global culinary destination, Baltimore has  experienced an explosion of innovative restaurants and businesses to appeal to a growing audience of young Jews who… Read More

International Tanach Competition Rewards ‘Dedicated’ Beth Tfiloh Student

Caleb Gitlitz knows his Bible. The eighth-grader from Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School held his own in this year’s Bible knowledge contest known as Chidon HaTanach, finishing in the top eight of the international portion. Gitlitz, who competed with 73 other finalists from 39 countries, was one of just four to represent the United States… Read More

Cantor Solomon Bids Farewell to BHC

Rabbi Andrew Busch remembers vividly what it was like to share the spotlight with Cantor Robbie Solomon when the two of them arrived at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation around the same time in 2008. “To enter Baltimore Hebrew congregation [with] Cantor Robbie Solomon meant [that I was] announced over and over during my first year at… Read More

Towson Chabad Files Appeal on Controversial Structure

The Chabad Jewish Center of Towson University and Goucher College is seeking to overturn a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge’s ruling that calls for the removal of a 6,614-square-foot structure in a residential Towson neighborhood within the next year. The move is the most recent in a months-long legal standoff between the Chabad and a… Read More

Will Preakness Stakes Remain in Baltimore?

The Preakness Stakes has always held a special place in the heart of Sandy Rosenberg. After all, Rosenberg grew up within walking distance from the iconic Pimlico Race Course in what was then a predominately Jewish neighborhood. Rosenberg, 66, a lifelong Baltimore City resident, has fond memories of some of the most famous moments in… Read More