Minimum Wage Showdown: City Decries State Effort to Limit Powers

The debate over whether local jurisdictions should have the power to raise the minimum wage has taken center stage at the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis. Baltimore City Council members on Jan. 26 slammed Democratic state lawmakers at a news conference over a bill that would prevent the city and other jurisdictions from enacting their… Read More

End-of-Life Option Act Draws Jewish Debate

Betty Kupinsky had always been in control of her life. At least, until an aggressive form of lymphoma had spread throughout her body, leaving her bedridden and waiting for nature to take its course. It eventually did, but only after six weeks of emotional distress and much suffering. At the age of 90, Kupinsky had… Read More

Q&A with Attorney General Brian Frosh ‘People can feel safe if they’re going to the JCC’

On Thursday Jan. 19, the editorial team of Washington Jewish Week, a sister publication of the Baltimore Jewish Times, welcomed Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh (D) to its Rockville office for a roundtable interview on a variety of subjects, including recent the recent bomb threats made against JCCs along the East Coast and anticipated conflicts… Read More

Hopkins, Towson Rank Among Nation’s Best for Jewish Students

During a time when anti-Semitic incidents are rising across college campuses at unprecedented levels, two Baltimore-area universities have become models for promoting Jewish culture and life. In its first survey of the 15 best college campuses for students in the United States and Canada, The Algemeiner ranked Johns Hopkins and Towson universities No. 10 and… Read More

BGE Surprises Krieger Schechter with Contest Grand Prize

“Do not, do not, do not touch” — this catchy refrain from BGE’s Wires Down Video Challenge not only helps to educate about electrical safety, but describes the untouchable nature of Krieger Schechter Day School students, who were informed on Jan. 18 that they had won the contest’s grand prize for the second year in… Read More

Hebrews on the High Seas Tales of Jewish mapmakers, pirates, privateers and islanders

History and tradition are rife with tales of seafaring Jews, from the story of Jonah and his travails at sea to the tribe of Dan, known for their nautical nature. Members of the tribe have had a significant impact on shaping the modern world as a result of their involvement with maps and shipping. To… Read More

Gone Viral? No Sweat, Just Sweaters

Sam Barsky is easily recognizable by his hand-knit sweaters that depict themes ranging from nature scenery to Jewish holidays to well-known landmarks and tourist destinations. Earlier this month, Barsky, 42, reached new levels of fame that put him in the international spotlight. A post on the website Imgur, self-described as “the best place to share… Read More

Suburban Orthodox Hires New Executive Director

Suburban Orthodox Congregation Toras Chaim recently announced the appointment of its new executive director, Juliya Sheynman, who will officially join the congregation on Jan. 25. Born in Minsk, Belarus, Sheynman earned her degree in mass media communications from the University of Washington. She recently completed the Brandeis Jewish Leadership Incubator program at Brandeis University, a… Read More

JCCs in Baltimore and Beyond Evacuated for Second Time in Two Weeks JCC was also evacuated Jan. 9; other facilities report threats across country

The Park Heights JCC, along with JCCs across the country, has now been the target of two bomb threats this month after the most recent threat Jan. 18, which follows a previous threat on Jan. 9. The second round of bomb threats affected 27 JCCs in 17 states. The Park Heights JCC received the phone… Read More

D’oh Nuts! Local doughnut pop-up opens Hampden brick-and-mortar store

Reisterstown native and resident Josh Kowitz, 34, calls out to one of his employees in the kitchen to use only a little bit of strawberry extract … “and a little bit of pink food coloring.” It’s Thursday, Jan. 12, the first day of business for Kowitz and his Hampden-based doughnut shop, Center Cut Doughnuts. “Add… Read More