A Heart-to-Hut Celebration At home, in front of apartment buildings, on pickup trucks — Baltimore celebrates Sukkot


Sukkot is always a drastic transition,  shifting from one of the most solemn days of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur, to one of the most joyous of celebrations. In Baltimore, families will eat and sleep in their sukkahs — temporary, hand-built abodes. Many will host Shabbat dinners, and others, through local  organizations, will have the… Read More

Howard County Sheriff to Resign amid Racist, Anti-Semitic Remarks


Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald, who recently came under fire for alleged racist and anti-Semitic statements, will resign from office after numerous calls for him to step down. Fitzgerald was expected to sign an agreement Tuesday stating that his last day in office would be Oct. 15, according to Howard County Council Administrator Jessica Feldmark…. Read More

Biden Reflects on Nature of Politics and Greatness of Peres ‘That’s what Shimon did, he touched your heart’


Vice President Joe Biden is known for saying what’s on his mind. Sometimes, this works against him, but other times this penchant results in resounding philosophical nuggets. Biden offered one of these Thursday at a Jewish community-sponsored memorial for Shimon Peres, and in the process paid tribute to the former Israeli prime minister and president… Read More

Baltimore’s Jewish Community Remembers Peres

Shimon Peres, pictured at the president’s residence in Jerusalem in 2013. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

With the passing of one of Israel’s last surviving founding fathers on Wednesday, Sept. 28, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shimon Peres, many in the local Jewish community have been left speechless. Considering the wide-spanning reach of Peres’ triumphant legacy, there’s conversely much to be said about the life of this statesman, mentor and friend to so… Read More

Why Uzbekistan’s Jews Already Miss the Iron Fist of Their Late Ruler

Yossif Tilayev is caretaker of the 19th-century Bukharian synagogue in Samarkand, where there is a Jewish population of 200. (Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA)

BUKHARA, Uzbekistan — Driving through this dusty desert city of many ornate and ancient mosques, Shirin Yakubov recalls the ruthlessness of her country’s recently deceased president of 25 years. “He killed all of them, every last one,” she says of Islam  Karimov’s role in the 2005 police massacre of hundreds of suspected Islamists in the… Read More

HoCo Federation Celebrates with Jew Year’s Eve

Attendees enjoyed mingling at the Jewish Federation of Howard County’s Jew Year’s Eve celebration on Sept. 29. (Ross Lewin of LewinCreativeGroup.com)

The Jewish Federation of Howard County kicked off Rosh Hashanah with its Jew Year’s Eve celebration on Sept. 29, a night that brought young adults in the area together to schmooze and help celebrate the holiday. The second annual event, a somewhat formal pre-High Holidays party, included food and an open bar with drinks such… Read More

Guitars of Pikesville Closes Doors, Opens Community

Longtime customer Rick Sambuco (left) jams with Guitars of Pikesville owner Joshua Polak. Photo by Daniel Nozick

Guitars of Pikesville has been a staple institution for musicians in the area since its  inception almost 11 years ago. The store is essentially a one-man show, with all of the services that it provides being performed by the owner, Joshua Polak, who has run the store since it first opened. The doors of Guitars… Read More

CHAI Unveils First Affordable Housing Project

Officials from CHAI and The Associated, as well as Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector (second from left), celebrate the opening of CHAI’s first affordable housing project for families. (Courtesy of Baltimore Jewish Council)

Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. (CHAI), an agency  of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, unveiled its newly minted  16-unit Fallstaff Apartment building on Thursday, Sept. 29. The project is the first affordable housing initiative CHAI has ever completed for families in its 33-year history, consisting of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Mitch Posner, CHAI’s… Read More

Easterwood Boys Club to Celebrate 61st Affair

The Easterwood Boys Club will celebrate its 61st annual affair with a luncheon at the Olive Branch in Pikesville on Oct. 19. Former Baltimore Colts standout Tom Matte is slated to host the festivities, which several dozen people are expected to attend. It will include food, drinks and reminiscing in the restaurant’s private party room…. Read More

The Backbone of MPT CEO Larry Unger continues to move the station into the future


Tight budgets, increased competition and mass technological and cultural shifts in the way viewers demand content and broadcasters try to deliver it — this is what Larry Unger confronts on a daily basis. As CEO and president of Maryland Public Television, Unger, 68, juggles fundraising, technological updates, public appearances and ensuring diverse programming at the… Read More