City Council Face-Off

When Northwest Baltimore Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector was removed from all but one of her committee assignments last month, the official message from City Council was that Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young wanted to get some fresh blood into the city’s committees. This week, that message changed. “What Rikki did, she crossed a line… Read More

­JT Publisher Acquires Smart Shopper

Mid-Atlantic Media, LLC, which publishes Baltimore Jewish Times, Washington Jewish Week and Baltimore Style Magazine has expanded its media holdings with the acquisition of the Pikesville, Md.-based Smart Shopper, Inc. Smart Shopper, a direct mail response upscale magazine with zoned publications in Baltimore County, Howard County and Anne Arundel County, was sold by Gary Frahm…. Read More

Baltimore Teacher Hub Wins Schusterman Grant

­The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation awarded a substantial challenge grant to the Urban Teacher Center to expand its teacher preparation program.“It is our hope that this grant will be a pathway for leaders in education philanthropy to help young people nationwide get the education they need to learn and grow, regardless of the… Read More

Nous Sommes Charlie Jewish community reacts to Paris attacks

The international community watched in horror last week as armed radicals in Paris massacred a dozen people at a satirical magazine, held hostage a kosher supermarket, killing four of its shoppers, and engaged in a standoff with police. “These madmen, fanatics, have nothing to do with the Muslim religion,” French President Francois Hollande told citizens… Read More

A Place to Call Home As U.S. population ages, the need for senior housing increases and requirements evolve

The often-described “graying of America” or “age quake” has influenced developments in the senior housing market, creating a growing concern for availability as well as a growing business. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging, by the year 2030, 19 percent of the population — 72 million people —… Read More

What to Do?

French Jews are feeling embattled. Arsonists have targeted their synagogues, terrorists have attacked their schools and shops, and with only a few exceptions, French society has not united behind them to stop the assaults and harassment. The solution, according to Israel’s prime minister, is simple: Move to Israel. “To all the Jews of France, all… Read More

Breaking Point

PARIS — When he heard that four Jews had died in an attack on a kosher supermarket near his home, 16-year-old Natan Kalifa was overcome with grief, anger and a feeling of exclusion from French society. He even contemplated staging an act of violence — possibly against Islamists who support the murders — he recalled… Read More

Day School Crunch

When Scheck Community Day School in South Florida opened its new state-of-the-art stadium last fall, people took notice. The 1,070-student school’s stadium is just one of many multimillion-dollar projects underway at day schools across the country aimed at revamping sports complexes. Some hazarded the construction could signal a trend among Jewish private schools to pour… Read More

Acts of Kindness

More than 600 volunteers turned out at the Park Heights JCC on Dec. 25 for Jewish Volunteer Connection’s annual Mitzvah Day celebration. Hands-on projects for charity dominated the event and kept all the participants happily engaged.   Photos by David Stuck  

Power Push

TEL AVIV — Racheli Ibenboim acts as if she’s in a rush, repeatedly checking her phone before hurrying off to her next appointment exactly 30 minutes after the current one begins. The way Ibenboim tells it, she’s not just trying to keep up with a tight schedule but with a rapidly changing world. Two years… Read More