Board of Appeals Rules Against Proposed Chabad Synagogue

Rabbi Velvel Belinsky testifies at a Baltimore County Board of Appeals hearing. (Marc Shapiro)

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Just Like That, Steve’s Deli Closes Its Doors

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The Greater Baltimore Jewish community lost a mainstay last week with the abrupt closing of Steve’s Deli, leaving Owings Mills with just one Jewish deli. Steve’s Deli officially locked its doors and covered two of them with brown paper on Dec. 27, according to several neighboring business owners and their employees. Workers received a text message… Read More

Sinai Hospice Unit Dedicates Kosher Kitchen

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On Dec. 20, the hospice unit at Sinai Hospital dedicated its new kosher kitchen to the late Laure Gutman, a local nurse, longtime volunteer and passionate advocate for end-of-life care. Sinai only opened its inpatient hospice unit a little more than one year ago, and it is managed by Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, a… Read More

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

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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