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

Focus on Middle East at JCPA

There were two Steve Bannons at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs gathering in Washington this week. At one session, the presidential adviser was the man seeking the “deconstruction of the administrative state,” as Bannon put it last week. At a session an hour later, Bannon was a man of the people who “has been… Read More

Sanders Brings Down the House at J Street 'Occupation runs counter to fundamental American values'

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) received a hero’s welcome at the J Street conference in Washington today for a speech that suggested that the way forward for the left is to double down on progressive values. Toward the end of a wide-ranging address that touched on President Donald Trump, the Iraq War and climate change,… Read More

J Street in the Age of Trump

The 3,500 Jews from across North America who descended on Washington last weekend for J Street’s annual policy conference arrived to tell a new president and Congress that the prospect of a two-state solution for the Israelis and Palestinians should not be abandoned. “Political muscle” was the phrase used by J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami… Read More

Owings Mills JCC, Md. Day Schools Receive Non-Credible Bomb Threats

The Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, along with 22 other JCCs and eight Jewish day schools in 16 states, received a bomb threat on Monday, which proved to be “noncredible.” The Owings Mills JCC received the phone threat around 10 a.m., and after consultation and an extensive sweep of the building, it was determined that an… Read More