City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke Tries to Save Minimum Wage Bill

Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, lead sponsor of the city’s $15 minimum wage bill, has launched a last-ditch effort to save her legislation, which Mayor Catherine Pugh vetoed on March 24. In an interview with the JT on Friday, Clarke (D-District 14) said she is working tirelessly to get a special meeting to override… Read More

Meals on Wheels Faces Deep Cuts in Trump’s Budget

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland faces a potential loss of about $1 million under the proposed budget from President Donald Trump that could affect service to 1,000 people in the region, including those who receive kosher meals. A majority, 56 percent, of the regional Meals on Wheels’ $9 million budget comes from offices on… Read More

Local Firefighters Honored for Unique Rescue

The Baltimore County Fire Department’s annual commendations and awards ceremony on March 23 saw a number of local volunteer and career firefighters recognized for selfless feats of bravery and heroism. Of particular note was a number of firefighters from Pikesville, Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Chestnut Ridge, Lutherville, Randallstown and Timonium stations who were recognized for their… Read More

10-Year-Old Kickstarts the Death Star Synagogue Lego

An enterprising elementary school student, Chanan Finkelstein, has taken to the popular crowd-funding website Kickstarter with a new, custom-made Jewish Lego toy — the Brickovicker Rebbe, the first of a new sect of Lego Chasidim. Chanan, 10, a fourth-grader at Ohr Chadash Academy of Baltimore started the project because wanted the Lego Death Star. At… Read More

Out and Devout: Panel of Faith Leaders Addresses LGBTQ Community

On Sunday, leaders from four faiths — Judaism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity — met to talk about their relationships, but not with each other. The Human Rights Campaign and Brown Memorial’s Tiffany Series co-hosted a panel discussion on “Faith Matters: Religion and the LGBTQ Community in Fractious Times.” Del. Mary Washington (D-District 43), who is… Read More

Beth Israel Tribute: Longtime Cantor Roger Eisenberg to be Honored with Concert

In between the festive Hebrew music and dancing, elegant dinner and warm tributes, Roger Eisenberg will be sure to take in the moment with his congregational family. As the longest-serving cantor of Beth Israel Congregation, Eisenberg estimates he has prepared more than 1,000 young people for their bar and bat mitzvahs, officiated dozens of wedding… Read More

The Marrying Kind in Jewish Maryland

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match. From arranged marriages to modern same-sex marriages, the Jewish wedding has evolved over the years, but still with many of its traditions intact. It’s that evolution that is at the center of an upcoming Jewish Museum of Maryland exhibit — and its curator wants the help of the community…. Read More

AIPAC Gets Back to Basics Pro-Israel lobby features diversity of voices, bipartisanship

For the 18,000 Israel supporters who came to Washington, D.C., this week, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference was like a family reunion or a gathering of old friends, where everyone sticks to comfortable topics and tries to avoid provoking barely concealed disagreements. After years of growing affinity to Republicans in Congress… Read More

The Faces of Israel’s Ambassadors

Israel is one of the most diverse nations in the world even with a population of just 8.3 million people. As the Jewish state and home to an innumerable amount of relics sacred to Muslims, Christians and Jews alike, Israel has always drawn pilgrims and immigrants from around the world. However, in a time when… Read More

Seders for Seniors

Post retirement, it is important for people to stay engaged with activities and organizations. Even those who are unable to live independently still want to celebrate milestones and holidays, including Passover. And with Passover fast approaching, area senior living facilities with Jewish populations are preparing for the holiday. Sherrie Polsky, director of community life at… Read More