50 Years of Columbia’s Women in Art

The Smith Theatre at Howard Community College is hosting “Dancing for Divas” on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m., “a benefit celebrating 50 years of Columbia’s art and the women who made it happen.” Produced by Carolyn Kelemen as a last hurrah before her retirement at the end of the year, the one-night-only show will… Read More

The Challenges for Greek Jews Coming to Baltimore Post-Holocaust

Baltimore’s Greek Jewish community is a tight-knit one. Bottom row, from left: Louis Yohanas, Marla Yohanas, Soulamith Yohanas, Josephine Velelli Becker, Tilda Koulias Trattner, Esther Koulias Rauseo, Connie Velelli, Rachel Velelli Glaser, Jeannette Carasso Katzen and Lonnie Katzen. Top row, from left: Isaac Yohahas, Marcia Salis, Joe Salis, Steve Rauseo, Victor Velelli and Rick Glaser. (Provided)

In the immediate post-World War II years, the United States saw a massive influx of refugees from war-torn European nations. While typically the Jewish community looks to the European theater when addressing WWII, fewer are aware of the chaotic conditions in Greece at the time. When the Greco-Italian War started in 1940, beginning the Balkan… Read More

Local Survivor, Doctor Spread Awareness of Breast Cancer Genes

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When a routine mammogram revealed she had early- stage breast cancer three years ago, Nisa Felps wondered about treatment. The Baltimore resident opted to have a bilateral mastectomy to remove both her breasts to rid herself of the cancer after consulting with a breast surgeon. “After I came through it, I felt this overwhelming sense… Read More

A Bipartisan Battle Contested District 1 race could mean first Republican city councilman in more than 70 years


On an overcast October morning on East Bank Street in Southeast Baltimore, Zeke Cohen and U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, clad in suits, were preparing to canvas as Election Day draws closer. Cohen, 30, a Canton resident, has enlisted the muscle of prominent Democratic politicians with strong Baltimore ties such as Cardin in his pursuit to… Read More

Howard County Names Interim Sheriff


Don Knott, a lieutenant in the Howard County Sherriff’s Office, was named interim sheriff on Monday following the resignation of Sheriff James Fitzgerald, whose alleged anti-Semitic, racist and misogynistic remarks were detailed in a September report, county spokesman Andy Barth said. Knott has more than 43 years of experience in state law enforcement. Fitzgerald, a… Read More

New Year, New Reporters Meet the JT’s reporting staff

Justin Silberman (David Stuck)

Justin Silberman Justin Silberman, 24, has been onboard as a staff writer for the JT for nearly three months, tackling in-depth stories about zoning and politics and writing pieces on the Elijah Cummings Youth in Israel Program and the Baltimore Jewish Council’s Holocaust Teacher’s Institute. While attending Towson University, Silberman focused his studies on journalism… Read More

Locals Raise Money to Protect Front-Line Israeli Medics

Irwin Azman (left) and Eli Burman help their mothers show off an armored vest. (Daniel Nozick)

Two Baltimoreans have successfully led a time-crunched fundraising effort to save Jewish lives in action. The group has raised more than $36,000 since the end of June to provide armored vests to medics on the front lines in Israel, reaching its fundraising goal as of the first week of October. Irwin Azman and Eli Burman,… Read More

PJ Library Brings Tashlich to Eldersburg

PJ Library’s Gabrielle Burger (left) poses with Brenda Footer during a Tashlich event in Eldersburg. (Daniel Nozick)

The Hebrew Learning Center, an independent Hebrew school associated with the Eldersburg Jewish Congregation, partnered with PJ Library to bring Tashlich to the Carroll County town of Eldersburg for the High Holidays. Unlike other Hebrew schools, the students in the 7-year-old program only meet for programs two or three times a month. According to Barbara… Read More

Hogan, Back from Israel, Sees Promise for Partnerships

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said one result of his trip is a five-year extension of the collaboration between the University of Maryland, Baltimore and Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (Daniel Schere)

A state trade mission to a foreign country rarely results in an iconic image. But Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan achieved just that during a weeklong visit to Israel last month. A photo of Hogan, a green kippa on his head, eyes closed in prayer at the Western Wall, made the rounds on social media and… Read More

A Heart-to-Hut Celebration At home, in front of apartment buildings, on pickup trucks — Baltimore celebrates Sukkot


Sukkot is always a drastic transition,  shifting from one of the most solemn days of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur, to one of the most joyous of celebrations. In Baltimore, families will eat and sleep in their sukkahs — temporary, hand-built abodes. Many will host Shabbat dinners, and others, through local  organizations, will have the… Read More