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

Howard County Sheriff to Resign amid Racist, Anti-Semitic Remarks


Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald, who recently came under fire for alleged racist and anti-Semitic statements, will resign from office after numerous calls for him to step down. Fitzgerald was expected to sign an agreement Tuesday stating that his last day in office would be Oct. 15, according to Howard County Council Administrator Jessica Feldmark…. Read More

Baltimore’s Jewish Community Remembers Peres

Shimon Peres, pictured at the president’s residence in Jerusalem in 2013. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

With the passing of one of Israel’s last surviving founding fathers on Wednesday, Sept. 28, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shimon Peres, many in the local Jewish community have been left speechless. Considering the wide-spanning reach of Peres’ triumphant legacy, there’s conversely much to be said about the life of this statesman, mentor and friend to so… Read More

HoCo Federation Celebrates with Jew Year’s Eve

Attendees enjoyed mingling at the Jewish Federation of Howard County’s Jew Year’s Eve celebration on Sept. 29. (Ross Lewin of

The Jewish Federation of Howard County kicked off Rosh Hashanah with its Jew Year’s Eve celebration on Sept. 29, a night that brought young adults in the area together to schmooze and help celebrate the holiday. The second annual event, a somewhat formal pre-High Holidays party, included food and an open bar with drinks such… Read More

Guitars of Pikesville Closes Doors, Opens Community

Longtime customer Rick Sambuco (left) jams with Guitars of Pikesville owner Joshua Polak. Photo by Daniel Nozick

Guitars of Pikesville has been a staple institution for musicians in the area since its  inception almost 11 years ago. The store is essentially a one-man show, with all of the services that it provides being performed by the owner, Joshua Polak, who has run the store since it first opened. The doors of Guitars… Read More