The Mall Comes Down Now just an eyesore, the once-glitzy Owings Mills Mall is being demolished to make way for redevelopment

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When it opened in 1986, the Owings Mills Fashion Mall (as it was called then) was touted as “the cornerstone of one of the biggest building boons on the East Coast,” WJZ’s Frank Luber reported. “Tres chic, that’s probably the one phrase that describes the new mall in Owings Mills,” another report said. Champagne toasts… Read More

Closed Doors for Israel Aid Package

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A 10-year defense deal  between the United States and Israel, reported to be nearing completion, is being  negotiated behind closed doors, giving rise to speculation about its details. Reports say that the agreement, known as the memorandum of understanding, will be worth roughly $3.7 billion per year in military aid to  Israel. The current memorandum… Read More

Jewish-Run Businesses Awarded Medical Cannabis Licenses

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After being inundated with applications from those hoping to grow, process and dispense medical cannabis in Maryland, the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission revealed its 15 grower selections and 15 processor selections on Monday. While a large step forward in a program that has been fraught with delays, these preapprovals means the companies… Read More

Elsewhere in Owings Mills …

The Metro Centre at Owings Mills (Photo by David Stuck)

As the Owings Mills Mall is destroyed so the area can be repurposed, the Metro Centre at  Owings Mills and Foundry Row are well on their way to becoming the centers of local commerce. Foundry Row, the $140 million, 50-acre development on Reisterstown Road, will be  anchored by a 130,000-square-foot Wegmans, which is set to… Read More

Teachers Become Students at Holocaust Institute

More than 45 teachers took part in this year’s Summer Teachers Institute, which gives partipants the tools they need to effectively teach about the Holocaust. (Justin Silberman)

Even after spending the last 33 years educating students on the horrific hardships many Jews faced during the Holocaust, Barry Zavislan yearns to learn more on the topic. So after Zavislan, 55, was  informed by a colleague at The John Carroll School in Bel Air earlier this year of the 11th  annual Summer Teachers Institute,… Read More

Proposed Minimum Wage Increase Advances

A large number of Baltimore City residents attended the city council meeting on Monday, during which a preliminary vote for a $15  minimum wage was held. (Justin Silberman)

In a vote that drew thunderous applause from low-wage workers inside and outside City Hall, the Baltimore City Council on Monday advanced a bill that would increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. The council voted 7-4 to give preliminary approval to gradually raise the rate from the state’s current minimum of $8.75… Read More

Joseph Named Senior Rabbi at Har Sinai

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In its 175th year, the  nation’s oldest continuous  Reform congregation will be under the leadership of a woman who has deep roots in the movement. Har Sinai Congregation’s new senior rabbi, Linda Joseph, has lived and breathed Reform Judaism since her youth group days. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Joseph grew up in a community similar… Read More

Jews Conflicted by Black Lives Matter Platform

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Sabrina Sojourner said she was “dismayed and heartbroken” when the Black Lives Matter movement released a platform in which it referred to Israel as an “apartheid state” in its support for the Palestinians. According to the platform: “The U.S. justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliance with Israel and is complicit… Read More

Community at Odds Proposed zoning changes at Hidden Waters, Woodholme could mean higher-density housing

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A groundswell of community opposition to proposed zoning changes in Baltimore County has led to spirited standoffs between a country club that is a longtime community  staple and surrounding residents, as well as a developer and nearby residents. As representatives from Woodholme Country Club and Bozzuto Homes — the developer that aims to build on… Read More

Ellicott City Eyes Future with Optimism

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“We’ll be back.” Those were the first words out of Ellicott City local Len Berkowitz’s mouth when asked about the damage to Great Panes, his Main Street art glass business. “We’ve been here for 37 years and I don’t intend to end on an odd number,” he shared while sitting on the curb since benches… Read More