Cohen Drives Conversation on MTA’s Bus Cut to Students

Sitting front and center in the Frederick Douglass High School auditorium, Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen spoke passionately about the need to make the bus system more accessible for public school students. In his first legislative oversight hearing as the council’s Education and Youth Committee chairman on Jan. 5, Cohen welcomed students, parents and residents… Read More

Board of Appeals Rules against Proposed Chabad Synagogue

The Baltimore County Board of Appeals ruled Jan. 4 that a Chabad Lubavitch synagogue proposed for the 8400 block of Stevenson Road did not meet certain Baltimore County zoning requirements. Board members Maureen Murphy, Jason Garber and James West said the plan for the synagogue did not comply to the extent possible with RTA (residential… Read More

Local Jewish Organizations Engage Young Jews Through Social Causes

Under the direction of Madeline Suggs, the Baltimore Jewish Council has revamped its programming in recent years to appeal to more millennials. Suggs, 26, director of public affairs at the BJC, said she spent the past summer meeting with young up-and-upcoming leaders in the community simply asking how the BJC could better engage them. What… Read More

Park Heights JCC Briefly Evacuated After Bomb Threat

The Park Heights JCC was briefly evacuated on Monday after a phoned-in bomb threat, which proved to be unfounded. The building was cleared after the phone call came in at 11:45 a.m. and was reopened shortly after 2 p.m., once the threat was found to be unsubstantiated. That same day, bomb threats were called in… Read More

Board of Appeals Rules Against Proposed Chabad Synagogue

The Baltimore County Board of Appeals ruled Jan. 4 that a Chabad Lubavitch synagogue proposed for the 8400 block of Stevenson Road did not meet certain Baltimore County zoning requirements. Board members Maureen Murphy, Jason Garber and James West said the plan for the synagogue did not comply to the extent possible with RTA (residential… Read More

A Gift from a Rabbi to a Raven

For as long as Rabbi Jessy Gross can remember, her dream has been to give the Baltimore Ravens a benediction before one of their home games at M&T Bank Stadium. Gross, senior director of Jewish learning and life at the JCC of Greater Baltimore, used to imagine sitting down with former Ravens great , known… Read More

BSA Rolls Out Film Program

The Baltimore School for the Arts will launch its first-ever film and visual storytelling program, thanks to a $3 million gift from area philanthropists Mark and Patricia Joseph that the school received last month. The renown creative institute, which counts among its esteemed former students hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur and actress Jada Pinkett Smith, will… Read More

CJC Earns Grant for End-of-Life Lectures

A few years after beginning discussions through adult education sessions of how to effectively address end-of-life issues, Columbia Jewish Congregation will continue to push that conversation forward. CJC, an egalitarian congregation affiliated with the Reconstructionist movement that meets at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center in Columbia, was awarded a $5,000 grant through the Horizon Foundation… Read More

Another Successful BrewHaHa

Union Craft Brewing once again hosted Charm City Tribe’s Chanukah BrewHaHa on Wednesday, Dec. 28. The event, which centered around a candle lighting that took place at approximately 9 p.m., brought in hundreds of attendees and representatives from nearly 15 area Jewish  organizations vying to celebrate a sense of community for both Jews and gentiles… Read More

Renewing Baltimore New City Council members talk hopes, priorities

When Zeke Cohen and Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer decided to run for the 1st and 5th District seats on the Baltimore City Council this past election, they saw it as a calling. Never mind that, if successful, it would be the first time two Jewish councilmembers served simultaneously since 1987. Cohen and Schleifer felt the majority… Read More