Locals Raise Money to Protect Front-Line Israeli Medics

Irwin Azman (left) and Eli Burman help their mothers show off an armored vest. (Daniel Nozick)

Two Baltimoreans have successfully led a time-crunched fundraising effort to save Jewish lives in action. The group has raised more than $36,000 since the end of June to provide armored vests to medics on the front lines in Israel, reaching its fundraising goal as of the first week of October. Irwin Azman and Eli Burman,… Read More

PJ Library Brings Tashlich to Eldersburg

PJ Library’s Gabrielle Burger (left) poses with Brenda Footer during a Tashlich event in Eldersburg. (Daniel Nozick)

The Hebrew Learning Center, an independent Hebrew school associated with the Eldersburg Jewish Congregation, partnered with PJ Library to bring Tashlich to the Carroll County town of Eldersburg for the High Holidays. Unlike other Hebrew schools, the students in the 7-year-old program only meet for programs two or three times a month. According to Barbara… Read More

Hogan, Back from Israel, Sees Promise for Partnerships

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said one result of his trip is a five-year extension of the collaboration between the University of Maryland, Baltimore and Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (Daniel Schere)

A state trade mission to a foreign country rarely results in an iconic image. But Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan achieved just that during a weeklong visit to Israel last month. A photo of Hogan, a green kippa on his head, eyes closed in prayer at the Western Wall, made the rounds on social media and… Read More

A Heart-to-Hut Celebration At home, in front of apartment buildings, on pickup trucks — Baltimore celebrates Sukkot

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Sukkot is always a drastic transition,  shifting from one of the most solemn days of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur, to one of the most joyous of celebrations. In Baltimore, families will eat and sleep in their sukkahs — temporary, hand-built abodes. Many will host Shabbat dinners, and others, through local  organizations, will have the… Read More

Howard County Sheriff to Resign amid Racist, Anti-Semitic Remarks

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Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald, who recently came under fire for alleged racist and anti-Semitic statements, will resign from office after numerous calls for him to step down. Fitzgerald was expected to sign an agreement Tuesday stating that his last day in office would be Oct. 15, according to Howard County Council Administrator Jessica Feldmark…. Read More

Baltimore’s Jewish Community Remembers Peres

Shimon Peres, pictured at the president’s residence in Jerusalem in 2013. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

With the passing of one of Israel’s last surviving founding fathers on Wednesday, Sept. 28, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shimon Peres, many in the local Jewish community have been left speechless. Considering the wide-spanning reach of Peres’ triumphant legacy, there’s conversely much to be said about the life of this statesman, mentor and friend to so… Read More

HoCo Federation Celebrates with Jew Year’s Eve

Attendees enjoyed mingling at the Jewish Federation of Howard County’s Jew Year’s Eve celebration on Sept. 29. (Ross Lewin of LewinCreativeGroup.com)

The Jewish Federation of Howard County kicked off Rosh Hashanah with its Jew Year’s Eve celebration on Sept. 29, a night that brought young adults in the area together to schmooze and help celebrate the holiday. The second annual event, a somewhat formal pre-High Holidays party, included food and an open bar with drinks such… Read More

Guitars of Pikesville Closes Doors, Opens Community

Longtime customer Rick Sambuco (left) jams with Guitars of Pikesville owner Joshua Polak. Photo by Daniel Nozick

Guitars of Pikesville has been a staple institution for musicians in the area since its  inception almost 11 years ago. The store is essentially a one-man show, with all of the services that it provides being performed by the owner, Joshua Polak, who has run the store since it first opened. The doors of Guitars… Read More

CHAI Unveils First Affordable Housing Project

Officials from CHAI and The Associated, as well as Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector (second from left), celebrate the opening of CHAI’s first affordable housing project for families. (Courtesy of Baltimore Jewish Council)

Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. (CHAI), an agency  of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, unveiled its newly minted  16-unit Fallstaff Apartment building on Thursday, Sept. 29. The project is the first affordable housing initiative CHAI has ever completed for families in its 33-year history, consisting of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Mitch Posner, CHAI’s… Read More

Easterwood Boys Club to Celebrate 61st Affair

The Easterwood Boys Club will celebrate its 61st annual affair with a luncheon at the Olive Branch in Pikesville on Oct. 19. Former Baltimore Colts standout Tom Matte is slated to host the festivities, which several dozen people are expected to attend. It will include food, drinks and reminiscing in the restaurant’s private party room…. Read More