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

Wearing Pink Hats, Women March on D.C.

Above the sea of bodies, signs and pink knitted “p—y hats” jostling for space a block from the Mall on Saturday, 22-year-old Aya Kantorovich stood on a riser holding a sign that read “Jewish women will never stop fighting for human rights.” “I wouldn’t have missed this,” she shouted from her perch. It was almost… Read More

Trump and His Inauguration Signal Major Shifts Ahead

Kenneth Manny, a veteran of the Vietnam War, flew up from Florida the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration because he’d grown exasperated with business as usual in Washington. “It seems like nothing ever gets done in D.C.,” said Manny, who wore a black hat bearing the yellow words “Vietnam Veteran.” “Politicians promise the moon… Read More

Rabbi Marvin Hier on Inauguration, American Democracy

Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance, knows a thing or two about receiving criticism. On Friday, Jan. 20, Hier  became the first rabbi since Ronald Reagan’s presidential inauguration in 1985 to contribute prayer services at the swearing-in ceremonies. One of the six diverse spiritual leaders… 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

Jewish and Muslim Groups Host MLK Interfaith Event

To Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, the Baltimore Jewish Council, Repair the World and the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore held an interfaith event discussing the civil rights movements and ways to continue that legacy. The group of about 40 participants gathered in stocking feet at the MCCCB, with those older… Read More

A House Divided The one place meant to unite the Jewish community is becoming one of its biggest rifts

This week, the country inaugurates its new president. Due partially to a lack of government experience to draw from and partially to Donald Trump’s propensity for holding competing positions on the same issue, it is hard to say how exactly the new president will govern. For the Baltimore Jewish community — and American Jewish population… Read More