The Jewish Community and Freddie Gray Protests

Thousands of people chanted and waved signs as they marched from West Baltimore toward City Hall Saturday afternoon, in a mostly peaceful demonstration to protest the alleged mistreatment and death of Freddie Gray and demand increased police accountability. Gray, 25, was arrested by Baltimore police on April 12, and sustained severe injuries of unknown origin… Read More

Shave and a Haircut

Dawn Koslowski is the owner of 18|8 Salon, which opened in Quarry Lake last month. 
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There’s a new salon in town, and while clients can go there for face treatments, manicures and pedicures, waxing and hair coloring, the target audience may surprise most. 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons opened on March 13 in Quarry Lake, bringing the comfort and style of a beauty parlor to Pikesville’s male population. “I felt like… Read More

My Vote, Our Israel

The second World Zionist Congress was held in Basel, Switzerland in 1898. (Public Domain)

The deadline is rapidly approaching on the other Israel election. April 30 is the last day eligible U.S. voters can cast a ballot for representation to the 37th World Zionist Congress, the legislative branch of the World Zionist Organization, which meets every five years to decide matters related to global Jewry and Zionism and oversees… Read More

‘Exit Berlin’ an American Story

“Exit Berlin” tells the story of American-born Arnold Hatch (above) and his German cousin, Luzie Hatch (below), as they try to help family 
still in Europe during World War II. (Photos Courtesy of Exit Berlin)

As director of the American Jewish Committee’s Archives and Records Center, Charlotte Bonelli is often offered collections of records and letters. They don’t always pan out, so when she was offered Luzie Hatch’s letters, her inclination was to pass. But at the urging of an estate executor, Bonelli took a look at Hatch’s collection. Hatch,… Read More

Bais Yaakov May Sell Owings Mills Campus

Citing growth in enrollment, Bais Yaakov School for Girls officials said the Jewish day school could sell the Owings Mills home of its elementary school and expand the Smith Avenue campus now housing its middle and high schools. “We’d like to do whatever we can to make it easier for our parents,” said Sandy Nissel,… Read More

3 Area Camps ‘Go Fishing’

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Three area Jewish summer camps have been named new partners with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation while a fourth camp was tapped to receive a challenge grant. Baltimore overnight camps Gan Israel Northeast and Tizmoret Shoshana and day camp Milldale are three of only 16 camps selected as new affiliates of the JCamp180 program, which assists… Read More

JCC Beefs Up Security

On Monday, April 20, the JCC of Greater Baltimore increased security precautions at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC. The security guard in the main lobby will now be armed, and a uniformed, but not armed, security guard will be stationed at the campus’ Early Childhood Education Center (ECE). The Weinberg Park Heights JCC already had armed… Read More

Legacy Lives On

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The band leader calls out, “Four, five, six, seven!” and the 20-piece ensemble springs to life with the opening bars of the iconic jazz number “Whiplash.” This Sunday evening, the Hank Levy Legacy Band will pay tribute to its namesake, Henry Jacob Levy, at Towson University, where he led the jazz program for 21 years…. Read More

Bais Yaakov May Sell Owings Mills Campus

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Citing growth in enrollment, Bais Yaakov School for Girls officials said the school could sell its Owings Mills campus and expand its Smith Avenue campus. “We’d like to do whatever we can to make it easier for our parents,” said Sandy Nissel, the school’s chief operating officer. That may mean selling its campus on Park… Read More

Iran Oversight Advances

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In the end, Maryland’s newly ascendant junior senator got what he wanted. The unanimous passing Tuesday of the Iran Nuclear Review Act of 2015, referred to colloquially as the Corker bill after its chief sponsor, by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee marked an important first test of Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin’s ability to negotiate the… Read More