Four Days after Arrest, More Bomb Threats

Just four days after the FBI arrested St. Louis resident Juan Thompson, 31, in connection with eight bomb threats to Jewish institutions since January, a sixth wave of threats hit the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville and at least 11 other Jewish institutions in six U.S. states and Canada. Thompson reportedly… Read More

Baltimore City Council Preliminarily Approves $15 Minimum Wage

Despite holding both a part-time and full-time job and working at least 55 hours per week, Joshua Graham still struggles to cover his basic living expenses and make ends meet. By day, the 28-year-old West Baltimore resident works for a firm that provides security at the headquarters of T. Rowe Price at 100 E. Pratt… Read More

Disgraced Journalist Arrested for Making Eight Bomb Threats

Law enforcement agencies this morning arrested a disgraced journalist who allegedly made eight threatening phone calls to Jewish institutions in January and February. Juan Thompson, 31, was arrested in Saint Louis, Mo. A Justice Department press release alleges that he made the calls as part of an effort to harass and incriminate a woman with whom… Read More

Arrests Made in Bomb Threats, ADL Says

An arrest has been made in connection with the wave of bomb threats against Jewish institutions, according to the Anti-Defamation League and the Forward. This morning, the Forward identified the man arrested as Juan Thompson and reported that he made threatening calls to Jewish institutions as part of an attempt to harass and incriminate his ex-girlfriend. The… Read More

Beth Tfiloh Teachers ‘Empowered’ by Experience at Budapest Jewish School

After more than a week visiting their partner Jewish day school in Budapest, Hungary, seven Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School teachers came back reinvigorated. Beth Tfiloh and Scheiber Sandor Gimnazium in Budapest are multiyear partner schools through SOS International, an organization that works to bridge Jewish communities in Eastern Europe and the United States through… Read More

Bringing New Life to Arts Education

When it was founded in 1950, Young Audiences, tasked with introducing children to classical music through interactions with professional musicians, was housed in Baltimore’s Peabody Institute. In later years, Young Audiences branched out from classical music into the general arts and became independent, removing itself from Peabody, the first cultural center in a major U.S…. Read More

Pikesville Jewish Congregation Hires New Rabbi

Pikesville Jewish Congregation (PJC), an up-and-coming modern Orthodox shul, is bringing Rabbi Yechiel Shaffer onboard as its lead clergyman. Founded approximately four years ago, the congregation, which began as a group of 40 excited families meeting in basements, has grown to a congregation of 100 families with an established shul on Carla Road. Shaffer, 32,… Read More

You Should Know… Shelley Zimmerman

Shelley Zimmerman made an unexpected career move in November when she decided to join Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer as his chief of staff. Zimmerman, 36, does not consider herself “a political person at all,” having spent the previous 10 years working in sales and marketing after earning a communications degree from Towson University… Read More

Yeshiva Graduates to Celebrate Ordination

On Sunday, March 19, two Baltimoreans will celebrate their rabbinical ordination and graduation from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and the Yeshiva University in New York City with more than 130 musmachim (ordained rabbis) from the classes of 2014 to 2017. “This celebration of RIETS musmachim recognizes both the enormous commitment of Torah… Read More

Exhaustive New Volume Chronicles Chabad Rebbe’s ‘Early Years’

It is a story told in frayed telegrams and creased photographs, in faded script on yellowing notebook pages, in postmarked envelopes and stamped passports. It is the story of the formative years of the late Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, spiritual leader of Chabad-Lubavitch. And it’s a story that, until now, has scarcely been told. While… Read More