Community Kibbitz: At the Polls

With such a fractious election season, one consensus the American public can agree upon is that at last, it’s over. The JT stopped by area polling stations on Election Day in order to survey how locals cast their ballot and what issues were important to them. Here’s what they had to say: North Oaks Retirement… Read More

Summit Park Celebrates 50 Years

Summit Park Elementary School students, faculty and alumni will celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary this week. Thursday, Nov. 10 featured an anniversary event for students, who reflected on how school life has changed over the past five decades and talked about the future of both the school and community. Each grade decorated sections of the… Read More

You Should Know … Joshua Greenfeld

Advocating for policies that advance shared U.S. and Israeli interests in the Baltimore Jewish community is an initiative that Joshua Greenfeld has always found appealing. As co-chair and vice president of the J Street Baltimore chapter, Greenfeld, a 29-year-old Pikesville native, works with local congressional delegates to educate them on the importance of achieving a… Read More

A Rockin’ Jew Brew Inside Baltimore’s new coffee shop/record store

Forty-nine-year-old Baltimorean David Koslowski’s wife Shirlé Hale-Koslowski wasn’t the least bit surprised when, two years ago, the couple discovered that Koslowski is Jewish. “When we found out,” Hale-Koslowski confided in the JT with a large, cherry-lipped smirk, “I said, ‘It makes sense, because all my other boyfriends were Jewish!’” Koslowski and his wife have been… Read More

Fleeing Anti-Semitism in France, an African Jewish Family Makes Aliyah

As a Jewish family originally from the Ivory Coast, Amy and George Camara and their four children felt somewhat immune to the rising anti-Semitic thuggery in France. The Camaras, relieved to leave their war-torn African country, settled in the northern French city of Lille in 2012. Because they fit no one’s Jewish stereotype, they said… Read More

It’s Trump Van Hollen Wins Senate Race

After a bitter race for the White House between two of the most unpopular candidates in recent times,  Republican Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. The New York businessman was called by the networks as the winner having captured Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes at 2:30 a.m., giving him 276 electoral… Read More

At JCC and Krieger Schechter, Students Also Vote

As the election drew closer and educators thought about how much information their younger students must be getting bombarded with, local Jewish schools took the opportunity to educate children from pre-school to elementary about the voting process and the presidential election. “A couple months ago, I was very concerned about all the negativity that has… Read More

Pugh, Cohen Carry Baltimore Vote

Catherine Pugh had been preparing for this moment her entire life. “Y’all look excited!” a beaming Pugh, 66, said to a loud procession of cheers from the audience, packed in the expansive Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown-Inner Harbor ballroom Tuesday. At 10:25 p.m. on election night, Congressman Elijah Cummings — who won his reelection bid —… Read More

Van Hollen Wins Maryland Senate Race

Chris Van Hollen will be Maryland’s next senator, replacing retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) who will retire in January after five terms. Van Hollen, who represents the state’s 8th congressional district, defeated Republican challenger Kathy Szeliga, 55, the minority whip in the state Senate Tuesday night. When the race was called shortly after the polls… Read More

Nation Votes, Heaves Sigh After Bitter Election

The polling station at Leisure World’s clubhouse in Silver Spring Tuesday morning was quiet, when resident Rafael Mevorach, 70, left after casting his ballot. Asked about the election season that was ending, he summed up his thoughts with three words: “Oh my God!” Mevorach said he supports Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential race. Leisure… Read More