Family Turns to JNF to Memorialize Loved One

Jonathan Gitelman with his wife, Amy, and children, Lucas and Hannah (Provided)

One Baltimore man looking to memorialize his son, the  father of his grandchildren, found his answer in the Jewish National Fund. Baltimorean Jonathan Gitelman passed away last winter at the age of 46. He fought a long and courageous battle against leukemia, undergoing three bone marrow transplants in 63 months. So many transplants is unprecedented,… Read More

Community Kibbitz: At the Polls

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With such a fractious election season, one consensus the American public can agree upon is that at last, it’s over. The JT stopped by area polling stations on Election Day in order to survey how locals cast their ballot and what issues were important to them. Here’s what they had to say: North Oaks Retirement… Read More

Summit Park Celebrates 50 Years

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Summit Park Elementary School students, faculty and alumni will celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary this week. Thursday, Nov. 10 featured an anniversary event for students, who reflected on how school life has changed over the past five decades and talked about the future of both the school and community. Each grade decorated sections of the… Read More

You Should Know … Joshua Greenfeld

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Advocating for policies that advance shared U.S. and Israeli interests in the Baltimore Jewish community is an initiative that Joshua Greenfeld has always found appealing. As co-chair and vice president of the J Street Baltimore chapter, Greenfeld, a 29-year-old Pikesville native, works with local congressional delegates to educate them on the importance of achieving a… Read More

A Rockin’ Jew Brew Inside Baltimore’s new coffee shop/record store

David Koslowski and Shirlé Hale-Koslowski (Photos by David Stuck)

Forty-nine-year-old Baltimorean David Koslowski’s wife Shirlé Hale-Koslowski wasn’t the least bit surprised when, two years ago, the couple discovered that Koslowski is Jewish. “When we found out,” Hale-Koslowski confided in the JT with a large, cherry-lipped smirk, “I said, ‘It makes sense, because all my other boyfriends were Jewish!’” Koslowski and his wife have been… Read More

It’s Trump Van Hollen Wins Senate Race

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After a bitter race for the White House between two of the most unpopular candidates in recent times,  Republican Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. The New York businessman was called by the networks as the winner having captured Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes at 2:30 a.m., giving him 276 electoral… Read More

At JCC and Krieger Schechter, Students Also Vote

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As the election drew closer and educators thought about how much information their younger students must be getting bombarded with, local Jewish schools took the opportunity to educate children from pre-school to elementary about the voting process and the presidential election. “A couple months ago, I was very concerned about all the negativity that has… Read More

Pugh, Cohen Carry Baltimore Vote

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Catherine Pugh had been preparing for this moment her entire life. “Y’all look excited!” a beaming Pugh, 66, said to a loud procession of cheers from the audience, packed in the expansive Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown-Inner Harbor ballroom Tuesday. At 10:25 p.m. on election night, Congressman Elijah Cummings — who won his reelection bid —… Read More

The 2017-18 School Calendar Debate

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Baltimore County Public School officials are currently involved with deciding the calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. Three calendars have been proposed. A noteworthy aspect of the potential schedule change is that one of the three proposed calendars suggests that school will be in session on Rosh Hashanah, which falls on Spet. 21 and 22… Read More

An Unorthodox Jewish View

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At 42, Brooklyn-born Shulem Deen could fill a book with his tumultuous tale of having grown up within the insular world of the Skverer Chasidic sect before, as he terms it, being cast out and cut off from everything he knew. Deen has done just that with his memoir, “All Who Go Do Not Return,”… Read More