Messages for the New Year Seven rabbis talk High Holidays and sermons


The High Holidays are a particularly heavy time of the year: a time for reflection, renewal, forgiveness and repentance for individuals, the Baltimore Jewish  community and the Jewish world at large. For rabbis in the Greater Baltimore area, there is no uniform approach to composing sermons for the High Holidays nor uniform topics to cover…. Read More

BHC Enlists CHAI for Future Planning

Rabbi Andrew Busch

After more than a year of discussions, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation has enlisted the assistance of a major community group to bring improvements to its aging infrastructure. In collaboration with Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. (CHAI), BHC since August has been in the initial stages of putting together a vision plan that will focus on renovating existing… Read More

Community Kibitz: Gefilte Fish


This week the JT popped into three area Jewish eateries to ask customers about what turned out to be a rather ticklish subject: Do you like gefilte fish? Miller’s Deli, 2849 Smith Ave., Pikesville Chatting with the ladies who meet here every week to play mah-jongg. EILEEN GARFIELD (Pikesville): I make it from the can… Read More

High Holiday Services

Below are links to information about High Holiday services at Baltimore- and Howard County-area synagogues. Conservative Adat Chaim Beth Am Synagogue Beth El Congregation Beth Israel Congregation Beth Shalom Congregation Chevrei Tzedek Chizuk Amuno Congregation Reform Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Bolton Street Synagogue Har Sinai Congregation… Read More

Towson Teen Poet Honored at White House

Michelle Obama joins national student poets (from left) Maya Salameh, Joey Reisberg, Gopal Raman, Maya Eashwaran and Stella Binion in the State Dining Room of the White House. (Kevin Wolf/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, PRNewsFoto)

Earlier this month, five students, including Towson resident and Krieger Schechter Day School graduate Joey Reisberg, were honored for their poetry by first lady Michelle Obama in  a White House ceremony. Launched in 2011, the National Student Poets Program recognizes five poets in grades 10 and 11 each year. It is the  nation’s highest honor… Read More

Jew Hear the One About the Kosher Doctor?


One invaluable contribution Jews have bestowed upon the American experience is the nation’s modern sense of humor. There’s not a single contemporary joke that has been or can be told in this country that does not have some direct provenance in vaudeville, the Borscht Belt/Catskills circuit or the incunabula of Hollywood/television/radio, which Jews dominated back… Read More

Oregon Ridge Expands Amid Environmental Movement

The Oregon Ridge Nature Center in Cockeysville recently opened a $190,000 nature pavilion intended to help expand its recreational space and nature programming. Oregon Ridge is one of Baltimore County’s most popular parks with 330,000 people visiting every year to enjoy hiking trails, pavilions, outdoor sports, concerts and environmental programs such as animal  encounters, summer… Read More

BHC Brotherhood Celebrates 98th Year

HaZamir Baltimore (Photo provided)

More than 250 people filled Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Sunday night to hear HaZamir Baltimore sing a set of Jewish songs. Performing for the first time this season, HaZamir Baltimore, one of 31 international Jewish high school-affiliated choirs across the United States and  Israel, headlined the opening dinner of the BHC Brotherhood’s 98th year. Sidney Bravmann,… Read More

Former Employee Gifts $2M to Loyola

Mary Hyman (photo provided

Loyola University Maryland on Sept. 14 announced a $2 million gift plan from a former employee to create endowed scholarships in education and the sciences for undergraduate and graduate students. The gift was bequeathed by Mary Hyman, who retired in August after 26 years as coordinator of science education programs and the Institute for Child… Read More