Gordon Center Turns 20 Performing arts center continues to grow as it enters its third decade

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When the $4 million facility opened, it was of the highest caliber. No detail was overlooked in the creation of the Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts, from its masonry block design, lightweight concrete roof, ceiling panels and acoustic curtains — all of which contribute to the venue’s acoustic superiority — to its… Read More

The Great Challah Bake

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Approximately 4,000 women gathered at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium on Thursday, Oct. 22 for the Great Challah Bake. The event was part of the Baltimore Shabbat Project, which partnered with the international Shabbos Project that was celebrated in more than 465 cities last year. Each participant prepared two oven-ready loaves of challah from… Read More

Editorial Lands Carroll Commissioner in Hot Water Advocacy groups call for Rothschild to be repudiated

Rabbi Charles Feinberg (left) talks with Carroll County resident James Reter prior to the press conference. (Justin Katz)

The Council for American  Islamic Relations, joined by Jewish Voice for Peace, has called for Carroll County commissioners to repudiate the comments that Commissioner Richard Rothschild made in an  editorial published in the Carroll County Times. Speaking at a press conference in front of the Carroll County Office Building in Westminster on Oct. 22, the… Read More

Netanyahu: ‘Stop spreading lies’ Current grand mufti denies presence of Jewish temples at Jerusalem holy site

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Countering historical evidence and a publication released decades ago by a precursor to his office, the grand mufti of Jerusalem denied the historical presence of Jewish temples atop a contested holy site, which has been a flashpoint in the ongoing violence wracking the Jewish state. Speaking in Arabic to Israel’s Channel 2, Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad… Read More

Keeping Judaism at the Forefront Sobeloff Jewish Law Society gives attorneys, judges a chance to network

Judge Karen Chaya Friedman speaks at the judicial reception of the Simon E. 
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On Thursday, Oct. 8, hundreds of lawyers and judges gathered at Temple Oheb Shalom. It wasn’t for any type of formal programming that the legal professionals gathered; it was purely to schmooze. It was the Simon E. Sobeloff Jewish Law Society Baltimore Chapter’s annual judicial reception. Other than a brief address from Judge Karen Chaya… Read More

Career of Compassion North Oaks director has worked in senior care for more than 30 years

North Oaks Retirement Community executive director Mark Pressman will step down in December after eight years of service. (Provided)

After more than 30 years spent in three cities taking care of senior citizens, North Oaks Retirement Community executive director Mark Pressman is taking things down a notch. In December, Pressman, 66, will step down from his position after eight years to take on a part-time role. “I’ve been doing this for a lot years,”… Read More

Sharing in their Pain Baltimore Jewish community pours out its heart for Israel in wake of recent violence

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Baltimore’s Jewish community is once again keeping a close watch on the Middle East, this time over a rash of violence in Israel that has killed more than 40 Israelis and Palestinians through a series of stabbings and shootings. Many Jews are concerned about the violence potentially spiraling into a Third Intifada, including Baltimore Jewish… Read More

Saying Goodbye Jones & Jones to close after serving Baltimore women for more than four decades

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After 45 years, one of female Baltimoreans’ favorite go-to clothing stores is closing its doors for good. Customers will soon say farewell to Jones & Jones, an upscale boutique located in The Village of Cross Keys. Owner Florence Sokol announced Thursday Oct. 22 that she is retiring in order to spend more time with her… Read More

Stevenson Road Chabad Hearings Focus on Code, Petition

Urban planner Christopher Jakubiak (left) discusses issues with a proposed Stevenson Road synagogue at the sixth Baltimore County hearing over the property. (Marc Shapiro)

Hearings continued last week regarding a proposed Chabad synagogue for Russian-speaking Jews on Stevenson Road, with the focus on a petition residents signed in opposition and Baltimore County zoning code. Since late June, Administrative Law Judge John Beverungen has heard arguments from attorneys  representing those who live in the neighborhood surrounding the proposed site of… Read More