Italian-based Coffee Chain Brews Success with Baltimorean

Cladiu Onigoaie has a history of brewing and enjoying high-quality coffee. As a manager, he takes pride  in Filicori Zecchini’s product. (Justin Katz)

Filicori Zecchini opened for business in the Towson Town Center in December, and while the franchise focuses on coffee, the new Maryland location is making waves in the Baltimore Jewish community because of its commitment to keeping kosher. “There’s not a lot of places that are kosher in the area,” said Cladiu Onigoaie, manager at… Read More

Rosenberg, DeMarco Endorse Cohen in 1st District

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Del. Sandy Rosenberg (D-District 41) and health care advocate Vincent DeMarco endorsed Zeke Cohen, a candidate for Baltimore City’s 1st District councilman. Cohen, who runs a youth leadership nonprofit, faces Mark Edelson, Sean Flanagan, Scott Goldman, Ed Marcinko and Mark Parker on April 26 in the Democratic primary for the council seat, which is being… Read More

Matzoh Ball Mashup Whether Floaters or Sinkers, This Menu Item Is Sure to Bring Families Together

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Last week, the JT staff explored some contemporary meanings of the Passover story in its “Four Questions” cover story. This week, we delve into the festive meal, having diligently researched the one menu item that typically sets the tone for the rest of the repast. Family debates may rage over the decision to serve chicken… Read More

Cardin, Ruppersberger Talk Defense, Iran with Netanyahu

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Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger recently met separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss Iran, defense and the U.S.- Israel relationship moving forward. Cardin and three other senators visited Israel, Qatar and Saudi Arabia to gauge the climate in the region and alliances with the United States after the passage… Read More

Mercaz Celebrates New Building

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Hundreds marched and danced down Green Meadow Parkway in the late afternoon on Sunday, singing and dancing around the newly inscribed Torah as a band played and sang celebratory songs. It was the chanukas habayis (housewarming or home dedication) and hachnasas sefer Torah (inauguration of a Torah scroll) for Mercaz Torah U’Tefilla, a Chasidic congregation… Read More

Youthful Baltimorean Brings New Energy to Old Problem

From left: Rebecca Fishkin, Jill Feinberg, David Fishkin and Stephanie Fishkin. (Justin Katz)

Helping others is a value deeply rooted in Jewish tradition, and Stephanie Fishkin has taken it to heart through her community-service project for which she’ll gather backpacks, linens, clothing and other items for those in need. Her efforts and level of hands-on involvement are  exceeding the expectations of the community, especially since the Mount Washington… Read More

Israeli Community Emissaries Reflect on Culture Swap

Yuval Sadon (left) and Matan Adar are surprised by the similarities of the United States and Israel. (Provided)

Israel is, and likely will continue to be, a hot-button issue in American politics, but trying to define an entire country by a few politicians who garner international  attention can be a mistake. That’s where the role of the shlichim, or emissaries, comes in to play. The goal of the community shlichim is to break… Read More

Pieces of Owings Mills Mall Up for Auction

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From vacuums to flagpoles to dressing rooms, remnants of the Owings Mills Mall are up for bidding in an online  auction that runs until April 21. Kimco Realty paid $11.5 million for General Growth Properties’ 50 percent share of the mall earlier this year and also purchased the parcels owned by J.C. Penney and Macy’s… Read More

County Police Arrest Two for Attempted Burglary, Auto Theft

Baltimore County Police  arrested a 17-year-old male and a 19-year-old male, both from Baltimore, in connection with auto theft and attempted burglary in the early morning hours of March 22. Baltimore County Police  responded to the 2300 block of Blackberry Road at 3:15 a.m. for a report of suspicious individuals walking through the neighborhood pulling… Read More

Blumberg Turns Survival into Advocacy

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After a lengthy battle with colon cancer, Edel Blumberg, a “two-and-a-half” time survivor, took ownership of his illness by founding the Semi-Colon Club to raise awareness of the disease and its preventability. Diagnosed with Crohn’s and colitis — both forms of irritable bowel disease that are often precursors to colon cancer — by age 15,… Read More