Hobby Lobby Apologizes for Alleged Anti-Semitic Incident

After customers in a New Jersey store were allegedly told that Hobby Lobby doesn’t cater to Jewish customers, the company issued an apology and said it is re-evaluating its merchandise selection and investigating the incident. New Jersey blogger Ken Berwitz reported that family friends went to a Hobby Lobby in Marlboro, N.J., which was stocked… Read More

Wonder Bread Goes Kosher

Hostess Brands recently emerged from bankruptcy, which means Wonder Bread is back on the shelves. Remember Wonder Bread? It’s hard to forget the fluffy American sandwich staple of the 20th century. But now, it’s going kosher. The Orthodox Union recently announced that it’s certifying Wonder Bread products in regions of the U.S. If the product… Read More

America’s Realty Acquires Massive Cleveland Shopping Center

A Pikesville-based commercial redevelopment company acquired an 800,000-square-foot shopping center in Maple Heights, Ohio, making it the largest project in the company’s portfolio. America’s Realty bought the shopping center, its 220th, for $14 million, or $17.50 per square acre. “There’s a void of a lot of services, and we want to cater to the area,”… Read More

New ICC Director Named

Jacob Baime has been selected as the new executive director of the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC), the college pro-Israel advocacy organization. “I’m very passionate about pro-Israel campus affairs,” Baime said. “I’m a product of [them].” Baime first got involved with ICC as a college student when he and other Brandeis students received a grant… Read More

‘The Greatness of Israel’

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More than 800,000 people (one-tenth of the population of Israel) attended Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s funeral earlier this week. Rabbi Yosef died Monday at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem of complications from multiple organ failure. He was 93. Since his passing, countless articles and statements by some of the world’s most important Jewish (and… Read More

‘Titan of Jewish Education’

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Displayed prominently at the entrance to the new Joseph Meyerhoff Collection — consisting of more than 70,000 volumes of Jewish history, education and religious practice —  is the visage of the titanic leader of the former Baltimore Heb-rew University: Dr. Louis L. Kaplan. His presence and his legacy loom over this extensive collection now housed… Read More

Union Of Faiths

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It has been a quarter-century since Christopher M. Leighton, executive director of the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, set out to disarm religious hostility. “I didn’t realize there would be such job security in that field,” said Leighton with a slight chuckle. Talking with the JT just before the final program celebrating the ICJS’s… Read More

Styling Made Simple

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Right off Pikesville’s Hooks Lane, Baltimore native Lauren Rutkovitz  and her team of styling experts are busy making Baltimore women look and feel their best. With its warm turquoise walls, A Style Studio is a full-service makeup studio mixed with a clothes and accessories boutique, dedicated to providing women — all women — the opportunity… Read More

Levin Eyecare’s Unique Business Model

Howard (left) and Richard Levin’s Pikesville eye care group is expanding. (Marc Shapiro)

Every aging doctor needs a safety net and a way to retire comfortably, but some don’t have that. Those who run independent practices might not have the means to keep their practice going when they decide it’s time to step away. That’s where Levin Eyecare comes in. The father-and-son team of Howard, 67, and Richard,… Read More

Remembering The Humanitarian Project That Time Forgot

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Asbury Park, N.J., is widely known for the Jersey Shore and Bruce Springsteen. While these certainly make the city a noteworthy place, Asbury Park is also the setting of an extraordinary tale of humanitarianism that started with one couple simply doing what they thought was right, a story time has forgotten. In August 1952, Rose… Read More