Something Old, Something New Jewish Museum of Maryland exhibit tracks evolution of Jewish marriage

A cake topper with a groom wearing a kippah. A chuppah made, in part, with a grandmother’s lace. The gold wedding dress of a divorcee. A lease to a bride’s father for a wedding reception venue at The Alcazar in Baltimore in 1929. These and other items are on display at the newly opened “Just Married!”… Read More

Torah Scroll Brings Pride to Jews in Harford County

  Harford County’s Jewry flooded the streets outside Rabbi Kushi Schusterman’s Harford Chabad on Sunday, June 25 to celebrate the completion of its new Torah scroll. Before festivities began, community members watched the scribe write the final characters of the scroll to make sure they were kosher and then lift the scroll to be dressed…. Read More

Vicki Almond, Jim Brochin Tackle Campaign Contribution Issues

Members of the Baltimore County Council are scheduled to vote on two bills Monday proposed by Councilwoman Vicki Almond that aim to improve government transparency and accountability. Almond, a Reisterstown Democrat, is seeking to prohibit all campaign contributions during the county’s Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP) — the time during which the county addresses rezoning… Read More

Alex Friedman Takes Love of Politics to City Hall

Alex Friedman has big plans for Baltimore City. At 17, the soft-spoken, humble and articulate Cheswolde resident is working to build bonds across lines of neighborhoods, race and class to unite residents. Friedman, who was sworn in as the first Orthodox commissioner on the Baltimore City Youth Commission June 12, said he strongly believes that… Read More

Possible Armed Person at Stevenson Was Hoax

The Baltimore County Police Department determined the report of an armed person at Stevenson University’s Greenspring campus today was a hoax. An alert of a man carrying eight AK-47s came through campus security’s radio channels at approximately 10:25 a.m., and the police were dispatched at approximately 10:30 a.m. The claim turned out to be fraudulent…. Read More

New Jewish Deli Coming to Town

Neil Parish, a Baltimore native and founder of The Kibitz Room in Cherry Hill, N.J., will bring his delicatessen to the Baltimore area later this summer when he opens for business in the Hooks Village retail space formerly occupied by the Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Company. The Kibitz Room, expected to open late summer, will… Read More

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Talks Park Heights Redevelopment at Associated Meeting

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh told the crowd gathered at Beth Tfiloh Congregation Wednesday night that she feels Park Heights “is part of our city that can be vibrant again.” Addressing more than 350 supporters and donors at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s annual meeting — where it was announced that the annual campaign… Read More

JWI Recognized by Slingshot

Jewish Women International has been named one of the top 50 innovative Jewish organizations by The Slingshot Guide, an annual publication spotlighting Jewish nonprofit organizations, for its Boy to Mentsch program, which addresses issues of domestic violence and problematic masculinity in Orthodox Baltimore communities through camps, seminars, sports leagues and schools. The JWI believes improved… Read More

You Should Know… Joseph Zajdel

Joseph Zajdel has been around Baltimore all his life, and he understands there are a lot of needs in the city. Zajdel, 37, grew up in Randallstown, attended Pikesville High School and lives in Stevenson with his wife, Lisa, and son, Bradley. He graduated from Towson University in 2002 with degrees in psychology and business… Read More

A Gold Star for Filicori Zecchini

Filicori Zecchini, an Italian coffee shop with locations in Towson and Baltimore, has received a new kosher certification from Star K, effective Tuesday. The establishment, now certified Star D (Star K’s dairy designation), recently encountered a setback when Rabbi Zvi Weiss, its previous mashgiach, pulled his Vaad HaKashrus due to the recently opened downtown location,… Read More