Requesting to Grow

The Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company is seeking state funding for renovations to their current building. (File photo)

Amid a push for the closure of some Baltimore County volunteer fire departments, the Pikeville Volunteer Fire Company is trying to grow. The department has requested $500,000 in state funding — more than requested by any other volunteer fire company in the state in fiscal year 2016 — to help it improve its current facilities,… Read More

Wake-Up Call For Russia’s Jews, Nemtsov murder is reminder of their vulnerability

Thousands of demonstrators in Moscow protest the murder of Boris Nemtsov.
(Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)

During the past two years, Dima Zicer has skipped several political rallies opposing the chauvinistic policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin. A Jewish scholar of education from St. Petersburg, Zicer, 55, has limited hope for change in a country that is ranked 148th in the Press Freedom Index and where several of Putin’s critics have… Read More

A Clean Break on Campus Swarthmore Hillel votes to disaffiliate with Hillel International

The Hillel student board at Swarthmore College in 2013-14, when Swarthmore became the site of the nation's first Open Hillel.
(Courtesy Sarah Revesz)

NEW YORK — Swarthmore Hillel’s student board voted to drop its affiliation with Hillel International and change its name, citing Hillel International’s restrictions on Israel issues. Following an extended debate, the 11-member board elected late March 16 in a 7-3 vote to drop the affiliation, effective immediately (one board member was absent). In December 2013,… Read More

50 Years of Vatican II BHC’s Interfaith Institute examines today’s Catholic Church

Rabbi Andrew Busch addresses the room at the 55th annual Interfaith Institute.
(Heather Norris)

Dialogue was the topic Monday at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood’s 55th annual Interfaith Institute. The event, which featured a panel discussion from Rabbi Andrew Busch; Rosann Catalano, a Catholic and senior staff scholar at the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies; Sanaullah Kirmani, Islamic scholar and advisor to Muslim students at Towson University; and… Read More

Parakeet Wins Purim Pet Contest

Ike the Parakeet

Out of 18 submissions, Ike the Parakeet won the Jewish Times Purim Pet Contest. The parakeet, owned by Janet Ziffer of Columbia, was pictured on top of a mini-football with the Green Bay Packers logo, in a mini Green Bay Packers sweatshirt and sporting a cheese head hat. “I wouldn’t have thought in Maryland a… Read More

Jewish Delegate Hopeful Passed Over

A Jewish emergency room physician from Arnold who had applied for consideration for the Maryland House of Delegates was not selected. Ron Elfenbein applied for the post last month to fill a vacant state delegate seat in Anne Arundel County’s 33rd District, which was left open when former Republican Del. Cathy Vitale was invested as… Read More

Life Insurance Bill Withdrawn

Legislation that would have forbidden life insurance providers from increasing rates or limiting coverage based solely on an individual’s future lawful travel plans has been withdrawn. “After discussing several options with members of the Health and Government Operations Committee, I have reluctantly decided that we cannot pass an acceptable bill at this session,” said Del…. Read More

Children ‘Had Faces of Angels’

An Orthodox Jew stands near 
the burial plots for seven children from the Sassoon family before their burial in Jerusalem on March 23. The seven children died early on Saturday when flames ripped through their Brooklyn home in one of New York City’s deadliest fires in years, officials said. Police identified the children who died as Yaakob Sassoon, 5, Sara, 6, Moshe, 8, Yeshua, 10, Rivkah, 11, David, 12, and Eliane, 16. (BAZ RATNER/REUTERS/Newscom)

The Brooklyn father who lost seven of his eight children in a home fire called his kids “a sacrifice” to the community. Gabriel Sassoon sobbed as he tried to recite the names of his late children during a eulogy Sunday at a Jewish funeral home in the heavily Orthodox Borough Park section of Brooklyn, the… Read More

Jewish Times Website Introduces Paid Subscription Access

On April 6, the Baltimore Jewish Times will introduce a paid subscription model to access its digital portfolio, including both the jewishtimes.com website and the publication’s digital magazine. A username — your email address — and password will be required for access. Paid print subscribers will have full website and digital magazine access included as… Read More

Seder on the Circus Train

Matt Loory joined the circus in 2013. (Provided)

Many young children dream of running away to join the circus, but few grow up to spend their days crisscrossing the United States on tour with the Greatest Show on Earth. As head chef and pie car manager of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus blue unit, Matthew Loory spends 48 weeks of… Read More