Bobby Zirkin Exploring Ways to Curb Baltimore Violence

State Sen. Bobby Zirkin said the legislative committee he chairs plans to tackle Baltimore’s record level of violence with a multi-prong approach. “This is just the start of something that is exceptionally important,” Zirkin told the JT before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, which he chairs, held a hearing on the topic in Annapolis Tuesday…. Read More

Remembering Firefighters’ Service on 9/11, Locally and in Israel

The Jewish National Fund, the Embassy of Israel and Krieger Schechter Day School’s fourth-grade students joined firefighters in Pikesville to commemorate 9/11 and commend first responders for their bravery. JNF presented the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Station 32 with a plaque bearing an image of JNF’s 9/11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem. “This special monument in… Read More

Ben Cardin Holds Interfaith Roundtable Addressing Bigotry

In a powerful demonstration denouncing hate, racism and bigotry, Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin on Friday led a roundtable discussion at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore to make it clear that he will not tolerate such actions. Cardin, a Democrat, cited the violence that erupted during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last… Read More

‘My Shtetl Baltimore’ A Historical Window into Growth of Orthodox Community

In the opening of his just-released memoir, “My Shtetl Baltimore: Stories and Recollections By a Native Son,” Eli W. Schlossberg defends his use of the word shtetl in his title — a word that conjures images of Eastern European Jewish villages, where little boys in knickers and forelocks played among close-set whitewashed cottages. “Do real… Read More

Morton C. Pollack: A Man of His Word

Morton C. Pollack, former attorney, public servant and loyal political backer, known to family and friends as a straightforward man of his word, died on Aug. 24. He was 88. Pollack was born in Baltimore on Aug. 8, 1929 into a political family, son of James “Jack” Pollack, a one-time light-heavyweight professional boxer who became… Read More

Former Temple Emanuel Members at Home at BHC

About a year-and-a-half ago, David Beller knew the proverbial writing was on the wall. The 63-year-old Pikesville resident had come to grips with the likelihood that Temple Emanuel, of which he had been a member for decades, and its storied legacy would not continue to endure without some much-needed assistance. Fortunately for Beller and the… Read More

Local Officials Decry DACA Decision

In the wake of the Trump administration’s announcement on Tuesday to unwind an Obama-era program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation, City Councilman Zeke Cohen said he plans to continue to welcome undocumented immigrants and refugees to Baltimore. In a seven-minute video posted to Facebook, Cohen, a staunch supporter of immigrant rights who represents… Read More

Associated Development Hinges on Court Decision

One way or another, Ethel Barrish believes a sliver of the grassy and wooded area that sits near her Worthington Park neighborhood on Walnut Avenue and Garrison Forest Road will eventually be developed. Whether it’s an apartment complex, office building or single-family homes, Barrish said it’s only a matter of time. “One has to choose… Read More

JEA 108th Anniversary Celebrated by Fellowship Association

Sixty-five years after their beloved home away from home at 1216 E. Baltimore St. closed, members of the former Jewish Educational Alliance still meet weekly as the JEA Fellowship Association, last month celebrating the organization’s 108th anniversary with a reunion at the Park Heights Jewish Community Center. Founded in 1909, when the Daughters of Israel… Read More

Bridging the Gap Ensuring Jewish continuity one step at a time

Among the sea of teenagers donning army uniforms, Zoe Eisenberg stood clutching her replica M4 rifle at the gravesite of former Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. The clan sang “Hatikvah” as it celebrated its completion of Marva, a two-month training session designed to give Diaspora Jews a taste of Israeli military life. For the Pikesville… Read More