Jewish Community Services No Longer in Howard County

Jewish Community Services (JCS), an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, is no longer functioning in Howard County, according to a letter by Jewish Federation of Howard County (JFHC) president Beth Millstein. The letter, sent out on Thursday, stated the JFHC board determined the expenditure of funds for services was not justified… Read More

‘Call for Unity’ Rally Features Father of Fallen Soldier, Khizr Khan

Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father of a fallen Muslim-American soldier and immigrant who created media buzz when he condemned Donald Trump last year at the Democratic National Convention, spoke out for the rights of immigrants at Patriot Plaza in Towson on Wednesday. Khan, an American citizen born in Pakistan, delivered an impassioned 20-minute speech… Read More

JT Exclusive: Baltimore Clayworks Plans to File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Baltimore Clayworks, the Mount Washington-based nonprofit ceramic arts center, plans to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which likely means operations will cease, Clayworks officials told the JT Sunday. The decision came after a coalition called Clayworks Community Campaign, which was founded in February after Clayworks announced plans to sell its properties, declined to give Clayworks… Read More

Beth Israel Hires Jen Rolnick As New Cantor

Beth Israel Congregation will welcome Jen Rolnick as its new cantor on Aug. 1. Cantor Roger Eisenberg, who had been with the Conservative Owings Mills congregation since 2000, stepped down in June. The search for his successor, which lasted about six months and was conducted by an in-house committee, drew hundreds of candidates from around… Read More

Charmery, Others to Join Union Collective in 2018

When Union Craft Brewing opens its new Medfield headquarters in April 2018, it will be joined by several other local businesses. The new space, called the Union Collective, will also be home to eight small- to medium-sized businesses. Hampden ice cream shop The Charmery, the Remington- based Baltimore Whiskey Company and climbing gym Earth Treks… Read More

Baltimore Teacher Gets Advanced Holocaust Education

As a seventh- and eighth-grade teacher at Morrell Park Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City, Danielle Bagonis thinks the best person to educate a teacher is another teacher — especially on the subject of one of history’s most shameful atrocities. Bagonis was one of 22 teachers to attend the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous’ Summer Institute… Read More

JT Exclusive: Clayworks Letter Details Bankruptcy Options

A letter Baltimore Clayworks officials sent to a community group on Tuesday outlines the various scenarios the ceramics nonprofit faces now that a deal to buy its Mount Washington properties has been nixed. Attorneys for Clayworks concluded the organization faces foreclosure or Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to the letter obtained by the… Read More

JCS Announces New President, Examines Addiction at Annual Meeting

Jewish Community Services held its ninth annual meeting, Empowering Youth to Strengthen our Community, to welcome its new board president, Allison J. Magat, on June 13 at Beth Tfiloh Congregation in Pikesville. The evening also featured a powerful program, The Face of Addiction, facilitated by JCS’ manager of prevention education, Howard Reznick. During the program,… Read More

Clayworks’ Conundrum Mounting debt could spell the end of arts institution

When Marsha Smelkinson returned to her native Baltimore in 2009 after living in San Diego for 25 years, she was looking for an outlet that would provide for her a sense of community. It didn’t take long to find Baltimore Clayworks, a nonprofit center for ceramic arts that opened its doors in Mount Washington 37… Read More

Residents Voice Hopes for Northwestern High Property

The Baltimore City Department of Planning held a meeting Monday evening at Northwestern High to gather  community input on the future of the 51-year-old school that closed last month as part of a massive 10-year, $1 billion  renovation and reorganization  of city schools known as the 21st Century Schools Building Plan. The city school board… Read More