Arrests Made in Bomb Threats, ADL Says

An arrest has been made in connection with the wave of bomb threats against Jewish institutions, according to the Anti-Defamation League and the Forward. This morning, the Forward identified the man arrested as Juan Thompson and reported that he made threatening calls to Jewish institutions as part of an attempt to harass and incriminate his ex-girlfriend. The… Read More

Beth Tfiloh Teachers ‘Empowered’ by Experience at Budapest Jewish School

After more than a week visiting their partner Jewish day school in Budapest, Hungary, seven Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School teachers came back reinvigorated. Beth Tfiloh and Scheiber Sandor Gimnazium in Budapest are multiyear partner schools through SOS International, an organization that works to bridge Jewish communities in Eastern Europe and the United States through… Read More

Bringing New Life to Arts Education

When it was founded in 1950, Young Audiences, tasked with introducing children to classical music through interactions with professional musicians, was housed in Baltimore’s Peabody Institute. In later years, Young Audiences branched out from classical music into the general arts and became independent, removing itself from Peabody, the first cultural center in a major U.S…. Read More

Pikesville Jewish Congregation Hires New Rabbi

Pikesville Jewish Congregation (PJC), an up-and-coming modern Orthodox shul, is bringing Rabbi Yechiel Shaffer onboard as its lead clergyman. Founded approximately four years ago, the congregation, which began as a group of 40 excited families meeting in basements, has grown to a congregation of 100 families with an established shul on Carla Road. Shaffer, 32,… Read More

You Should Know… Shelley Zimmerman

Shelley Zimmerman made an unexpected career move in November when she decided to join Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer as his chief of staff. Zimmerman, 36, does not consider herself “a political person at all,” having spent the previous 10 years working in sales and marketing after earning a communications degree from Towson University… Read More

Yeshiva Graduates to Celebrate Ordination

On Sunday, March 19, two Baltimoreans will celebrate their rabbinical ordination and graduation from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and the Yeshiva University in New York City with more than 130 musmachim (ordained rabbis) from the classes of 2014 to 2017. “This celebration of RIETS musmachim recognizes both the enormous commitment of Torah… Read More

Exhaustive New Volume Chronicles Chabad Rebbe’s ‘Early Years’

It is a story told in frayed telegrams and creased photographs, in faded script on yellowing notebook pages, in postmarked envelopes and stamped passports. It is the story of the formative years of the late Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, spiritual leader of Chabad-Lubavitch. And it’s a story that, until now, has scarcely been told. While… Read More

Hamantaschen Time JT staff weighs in on local options for the delicious Haman hat-shaped treat

Purim is arguably the most festive holiday of the Jewish year. There are many traditional elements to the holiday — we celebrate salvation from Haman’s plot to eradicate the Jews with costumes, graggers, gift baskets known as mishloach manot and, of course, hamantaschen. But how did this oddly shaped cookie become a staple of the… Read More

JBIG Applications Now Open

The second annual Jewish Baltimore Innovation Grants are now accepting applications from up-and-coming leaders and grassroots organizations looking to impact the community. Applications are due March 15 and aim to “foster Jewish identity and build Jewish community,” according to Marjorie Manne, chair of the funding committee — an arm of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation… Read More