Residential Revolt Some homeowners still frustrated with plans for development on The Associated’s land

Cheryl Aaron and Joel Marcus lead a public meeting at St. Thomas Church on Nov. 17.  (Justin Katz)

Tensions remain high among some residents living near the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, where The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore is planning to sell a  vacant area of land to a developer in order to build a 56-home development. “The excess land was previously planned to be the home of a 90,000-square-foot office building,… Read More

The Sounds of Jewgrass Mama Doni Band to perform in HoCo

Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg will perform in Columbia on Dec. 20. ( Provided)

The phrase “Jewish bluegrass music” might not sound like it would work on paper, but Doni Zasloff has managed to blend the two and make it appealing it to both kids and  parents. Zasloff, whose stage name is Mama Doni, will perform at the Red Branch Theatre in Columbia on Dec. 20 with her musical… Read More

Community Rallies Around Holocaust Education BJC event raises money for proposed education center in Greece

Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos, director of the  museum at Kehila Kedosha Janina in New York, speaks about a proposed Holocaust education  center to be located in Salonika, Greece at a fundraiser held by the Baltimore Jewish Council  at The Black Olive restaurant. (Marc Shapiro)

The Greek port city of Salonika was home to around 56,000 of Greece’s 76,000 Jews before World War II. There were centers of Jewish learning and many esteemed rabbis. These days, the city’s Jewish community numbers 1,200, according to Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos, director of the Kehila Kedosha Janina museum in New York. To commemorate the… Read More

MIDC Showcase Brings Israeli Companies to BWI

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Maryland/Israel Development Center in partnership with the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation hosts a showcase of Maryland/Israel businesses at the Observation Gallery at BWI Airport. “We’ve got the largest number of Israeli companies participating than we’ve ever had,” said Barry Bogage, MIDC executive director. More than 30 companies will be… Read More

The Chef with a Million Flavors Columbia native shaking up holiday dinner table

Ben Rubin is the owner and chef at Columbia’s AllSpice Hospitality. (photo by Justin Katz)

Ben Rubin was a self-professed quintessential “frat guy” when he started attending the University of Pittsburgh, but after studying abroad in Madrid for several months, his attitude on culture, art and food changed. “I went to Spain and I was surrounded by all these brilliant people, and if you couldn’t keep up with [everyone else],… Read More

Chanukah Kicks off with Concerts Baltimore and Washington areas have some rockin’ holiday concerts

Matisyahu comes to the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda on Wednesday, Dec. 9, and Rams Head Live in Baltimore on Thursday, Dec. 10. (Photo by David Stuck)

Chanukah is a complicated holiday for many. While its more recognizable symbols and rituals have to do with the miracle of the oil, Chanukah’s story is also that of a military victory. “We’re celebrating two separate things … so it’s kind of schizophrenic,” said Beth El Congregation Cantor Thom King. “The main reason the oil… Read More

Owings Mills Resident Named Learner of the Year

From left: John Corse, associate general counsel for Exelon Corporation; Donna Bossalina, a member of Exelon’s legal department; Kristen Strader, daughter of Phyllis and Robert Strader; Phyllis and Robert Strader; and Phyllis Strader’s  colleagues, Jennifer DiSciullo and Jack Wood. (Provided)

Phyllis Strader of Owings Mills was named Learner of the Year by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) at the organization’s international conference, which was held in Baltimore from Nov. 18 to 20. Strader, a paralegal at Exelon Corporation for almost 15 years, earned her degree in paralegal studies from Stevenson University in… Read More

Organizations Seek Action After Protest Goucher president under fire after event shut down

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More than 30 different organizations signed and delivered a letter to Goucher College President José Bowen urging him to take further action following student protestors disrupting a presentation by Israeli television personality Assi Azar. Azar was invited to Goucher Hillel on Nov. 5 to screen his movie, “Mom, Dad, I Have Something to Tell You,”… Read More