You Should Know… Zach Silverberg

Life after football can be overwhelming to some, especially to the pros who can get used to rock-star-like celebrity. Zach Silverberg, 25, of Reisterstown understands this but seems to be adjusting well after a one-year stint in the German Football League 2. Once a top talent at Franklin High School, Silverberg played collegiately at Coastal… Read More

Baltimorean Creates Ketubah for Camp Harlam

Splashes of powder blue and lilac purple encircle a sea of names carefully written in Sharpie on watercolor rag paper. It’s just one of the more than 500 ketubot handpainted by Hadass Gerson. But this marriage contract, presented to Camp Harlam on Aug. 13, will always hold a special place in the Pikeville native’s heart…. Read More

Baltimore Moishe House Moves to Canton

The Baltimore Moishe House opened its doors to roughly 50 young adults last Friday, marking the organization’s first of many Shabbatot in Canton. “We’re looking forward to this new beginning,” said Linda Bucay, one of the four Moishe House residents. The nonprofit moved from its Federal Hill-based location on July 31, nearly seven years after… Read More

Glick’s Picks for Summer Reading includes Books of Jewish Interest

The Baltimore County Public Schools website has been offering summer reading recommendations all summer in a column called “Glick’s Picks” from BCPS’s coordinator of library media Fran Glick. While “Glick’s Picks” is a diverse collection touching on a wide range of subjects and points of view, there are two selections that may be of particular… Read More

Conversations on Addiction The Jewish Community Responds

It’s no secret that the Baltimore area has been hard hit by the horrific rise in overdose deaths. For the past six years, drug- and alcohol-related deaths have climbed in Maryland, with an all-time high of 2,089 deaths in 2016, a 66 percent spike from 2015. Heroin, prescription opioids and nonpharmaceutical fentanyl were to blame… Read More

Come and Get it! Seasons Opens its Doors

An array of green and purple balloons, complemented by a matching sign with the classic greeting “Shalom,” welcomed shoppers as they flocked to Seasons on Tuesday morning. The opening of the New York-based kosher supermarket chain at 1630 Reisterstown Road, the former site of an Office Depot, was three years in the making. Customers began… Read More

Ben Cardin Town Hall Addresses BDS, North Korea, Immigration

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin held a town hall meeting at the Bykota Senior Center in Towson on Monday that rapidly delved into the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, North Korea and immigration. Billed as “A Better Deal” meeting, Cardin said he had organized the gathering and others because he was hearing concerns from constituents about… Read More

Towson Professor Chastises Former Student, White Nationalist Matthew Heimbach

The images of Matthew Heimbach in the center of the white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month that ended in violence and death left Richard Vatz with a feeling of sadness — but not surprise. Heimbach, 26, clad in a black combat helmet with a body guard in tow, has become a fixture… Read More

Nationwide Shabbat dinners address violence in Charlottesville

Shabbat tables across the nation will celebrate diversity and denounce bigotry during Together at the Table tonight. The event, a response to the violence that plagued the streets of Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday, is intended to engage Shabbat guests in civil, constructive dialogue about community issues. Meals will be hosted in at least 700 homes in… Read More

Shalom, Baltimore!

What would make a native Floridian leave her home just minutes from Disney World, schelp up north and begin anew? A job, of course. Fresh out of college, I was more than ready to escape the choking humidity and tourist-clogged streets of my beloved Sunshine State. Don’t get me wrong, though. I’ll always be a proud… Read More