Jewish Maryland to Join in Shabbat Across America

(istockphoto.com/TheCrimsonMonkey)

The celebration of Shabbat is one of, if not the most important ritual observances in Judaism, and on March 4, thousands of synagogues across North America will welcome their respective communities to join together to celebrate and learn about the Jewish tradition during Shabbat Across America and Canada. “Shabbat Across America and Canada allows Jews… Read More

Recourse for renters Proposal to reform Baltimore rent court system makes its way through legislature

District Court of Maryland (David Stuck)

An effort by several Baltimore-based civil rights organizations to improve conditions in the city’s rent court system has made its way into Maryland’s public discourse, attracting support from like-minded groups and opposition from a network of land- lords along with the city’s  administration. The movement, known as the 7,000 Families Campaign, began in 2014 when… Read More

Loaves of Love Shared with Howard County Seniors

Lisa Welch (fourth from left) hosted a group of BBYO parents at her home to bake challah for the Jewish Federation of Howard County’s new community service initiative, Loaves of Love. (Justin Katz)

When it comes to homemade food, freshly baked challah has always held a special place in the Jewish tradition, and several Howard County parents are giving back to the community with the braided delight. “A lot of people have good memories of challah and Shabbat. I think if you went to a Sunday school and… Read More

Seasons Won’t Open Until After Passover

(Melissa Gerr)

A new kosher market being built in Pikesville will open its doors later than initially planned. Seasons, a New York-based kosher grocer, will open at 1628 Reisterstown Road, a 15,000-square-foot space that formerly housed an Office Depot. General manager Zachary Richards said the store won’t open until after Passover but would not give an opening… Read More

Royal Farms Reopens in the Heart of Pikesville

(Melissa Gerr)

The Royal Farms convenience store at the corner of Smith  Avenue and Old Pimlico Road, which was closed for remodeling for more than a year, opened on Feb. 24. The store previously had not offered some of the chain’s  notable favorites such as its “World Famous Royal Fried Chicken” but will now serve that along… Read More

Subminimum Wage Bill Sparks Discussion

Donte Harris at Miller’s Minuteman Press (Provided)

A new bill before the Maryland General Assembly would phase out the practice of paying some people with disabilities a subminimum wage for jobs they perform in sheltered workshops. The bill has sparked a passionate response, particularly from disability advocates, who call it a civil rights issue. The first hearing for the bill was Feb…. Read More

Betsy Gardner Announces City Council Bid

Betsy Gardner (David Stuck)

Elizabeth “Betsy” Gardner kicked off her campaign for the Baltimore City Council’s 5th District seat on Sunday, Feb. 21. She is one of seven candidates seeking to fill the seat that will be left vacant when longtime councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector retires. She faces Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer, an Orthodox Jewish small business owner and community… Read More

A Leap Year of Faith

Lila Levine, born on Feb. 29, 2012, will celebrate her first real birthday on Monday. (Dahlia Levine)

When Alexandria, Va., resident Allison Dinsmore celebrates her 11th birthday on Monday, she will do so along with some 200,000 Americans whose birthday falls only once every four years. She says she makes do. “I miss kind of having the one actual day most years, but it gives me something to talk about,” she says…. Read More

Changes in Franklin Music Program Spark Concern, Some Hope

Due to stagnant and declining enrollment, Franklin High School is restructuring its music offerings. (istockphoto.com/monkeybusinessimages)

As Franklin High School’s administration grapples with how to best utilize a finite staff in a school with a diversity of interests, the school’s music community faces an uncertain future as it fights to keep certain classes from the chopping block. Initially, jazz band, symphonic band — an honors-level band — lower level piano and… Read More