Baltimore’s ‘Rockin’ Rabbi’ Remembers Meeting Tom Petty in Israel

Thirty years ago, Baltimore resident Avraham Rosenblum found himself standing at the Western Wall explaining to Tom Petty that it was the holiest place in Judaism, and that the foundation stone below the Dome of the Rock is considered the foundation stone of the universe. “That’s a pretty wild rock,” Petty said as he walked… Read More

High Holidays on Chopping Block for Baltimore County Schools

Baltimore County may keep schools open during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in 2018. The school board’s calendar committee, which is tasked with making recommendations to the superintendent, is considering the elimination of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as days off from the 2018-19 school year calendar, according to a letter the Baltimore Jewish Council… Read More

Possible Anchors Surface for Future Mall Development

Although the Owings Mills Mall was demolished last year to make way for much-anticipated redevelopment, there’s no official word yet on what will occupy the 1-million-square-foot space. Kimco Realty Corp., owner of the mall property, is overseeing an estimated $108 million overhaul of what will once again become known as the Owings Mills Town Center…. Read More

Repair the World Repairs a Unique Urban Garden

Volunteers from Repair the World, a Jewish social justice and volunteering program for young adults, dug into urban farming at the Real Food Farm in Baltimore Sunday. As the group of eight weeded, tilled, talked, laughed, swatted mosquitos and sweat under the tented growing area, Real Food Farm’s education coordinator Aliza Sollins worked alongside them,… Read More

Petition Launched for Fired U-Md. Professor

Did Melissa Landa lose her job in the University of Maryland’s College of Education because of her support for Israel, opposition to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, and her charges that there is anti-Semitism at her alma mater, Oberlin College? This is what Landa, a 10-year veteran of the department, claims in a… Read More

Howard County Federation Raises More Than $20K for Ugandan Jews

The Howard County Jewish community has raised nearly $21,000 to feed a group of malnourished Jews in Uganda — known as the Abayudaya — more than doubling the initial goal it set a month ago. In partnership, the Howard County Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Federation of Howard County launched the campaign in mid-August… Read More

You Should Know… Meghann Schwartz

Meghann Schwartz, 33, always knew she wanted a career in the Jewish community. The Brookeville resident and mother of four kids, ranging in age from 20 months to 8 years, is associate director of the Jewish Federation of Howard County. With master’s degrees in Jewish communal service and nonprofit management from Baltimore Hebrew University and… Read More

Celebrate Sukkot

If you hear the sound of hammering, it may be from the sukkahs that are being built all over town at synagogues and homes in preparation for the upcoming observation of Sukkot, which this year runs from the evening of Oct. 4 to the evening of Oct. 11. While synagogues across the area are holding… Read More

Lisa Bodziner to Lead Towson University Hillel

Lisa Bodziner was looking for a way to foster her leadership skills and to reconnect with students. An educator by trade, she felt a special opportunity with the Towson University Hillel would provide her with that experience. That’s why Bodziner, 35, is vacating her post as director of educational engagement at the Louise D. and… Read More

Baltimore Clayworks Set to Reopen in October

Baltimore Clayworks, which closed this past summer, is scheduled to reopen soon under a new leadership team that hopes to maintain the home-away-from-home atmosphere that customers and artists alike cherished at the ceramics arts center. The 37-year-old Mount Washington-based nonprofit suspended operations in July and announced plans to file for bankruptcy amid mounting financial debt…. Read More