Mitzvahs Abound in Baltimore

Hundreds of volunteers took part in Jewish Volunteer Connection’s Mitzvah Day on Dec. 25, with some activities the previous evening. With volunteer activities at both the Park Heights and Owings Mills JCCs, participants helped assemble 2,000 winter care packages that other volunteers delivered to various service sites throughout the Baltimore area. There were opportunities to… Read More

You Should Know… Eric Kessler

Eric Kessler, who turned 36 on Dec. 26, began creating art four years ago. That may come as a surprise to many who now seek out the Owings Mills and Pikesville native for custom paintings. A former addict, he was in the midst of a depression and needed something to break from it, so he… Read More

Slowly but Surely, Ellicott City Picks Itself Up

The flood that ripped through historic Ellicott City on the evening of July 30 has been touted as a millennial occurrence. The 6½ inches of rain that drowned Ellicott City’s Main Street wreaked havoc upon many local businesses, and not surprisingly, the community is still recovering. Today, local business owners are slowly getting back on… Read More

Chanukah Parade Lights Up Park Heights

Hundreds of people came out of their homes in Northwest Baltimore to wave and dance on the evening of Dec. 26 as the annual Chanukah parade drove by. For the first time, the parade took place throughout the Park Heights area, starting and ending at Cheder Chabad rather than making its way to downtown’s McKeldin… Read More

Baltimore Man Charged with Child Sexual Abuse

A 35-year-old Baltimore man has been charged with child sexual abuse and multiple counts of rape and sex offenses, according to Baltimore City Police. Joseph Goldman of the 3500 block of Taney Road was arrested at his home on Dec. 19 and was transported to Central Booking, where he was charged with first- and second-degree… Read More

An Uncertain Future As new developments take off in Owings Mills, mall site remains a question mark

Wrecking balls and bulldozers have ripped through the walls, roof and foundation that housed Owings Mills Mall, leaving the once-premier upscale Baltimore shopping center a shadow of its former self. A pile of mostly dust and rubble now, the mall appears to be the last piece of the equation for what is likely to become,… Read More

JCC Association Names New President, CEO

The JCC Association of North America  announced on Dec. 20 that the 100-year-old central agency had named Doron Krakow as its new president and CEO. Krakow has long been a prominent member of the professional Jewish communal scene on a national level and most recently served as head of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s American… Read More

BJC ‘Profoundly Disappointed’ by UN Resolution

The Baltimore Jewish Council released a statement Monday saying it is “profoundly disappointed” by last week’s U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The United States abstained from voting, a departure from its usual policy of vetoing any resolutions seen as too overtly critical of Israel. The BJC… Read More

CJC Talks New Membership Dues Model

Columbia Jewish Congregation leaders took questions Sunday about its new proposed funding model, which would move away from the dues structure to a “sustaining pledge” one. The change, which was approved this past May, will take effect July 1, 2017, the beginning of the 2017-18 fiscal year. The congregation, at least those members present Sunday… Read More

Clarksville Man Charged in Vandalism, Hate Crime

A Clarksville man has been charged with 42 counts of vandalism, including incidents of swastikas in graffiti and a hate crime, after an eight-month investigation by Howard County police led to his arrest on Dec. 14. Taylor Richard Allen, 24, is facing 37 charges of destruction of property, two counts of using a destructive device,… Read More