Trump Nominates Baltimore Native Jamie McCourt as French Ambassador

Jamie McCourt, a Baltimore native whose father founded local appliance and electronics chain Luskin’s, made her case to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday as part of her nomination to serve as U.S. ambassador to France. An entrepreneur and attorney, McCourt surfaced as one of President Donald Trump’s staunchest supporters early in his campaign,… Read More

Baltimore’s ‘Rockin’ Rabbi’ Remembers Meeting Tom Petty in Israel

Thirty years ago, Baltimore resident Avraham Rosenblum found himself standing at the Western Wall explaining to Tom Petty that it was the holiest place in Judaism, and that the foundation stone below the Dome of the Rock is considered the foundation stone of the universe. “That’s a pretty wild rock,” Petty said as he walked… Read More

High Holidays on Chopping Block for Baltimore County Schools

Baltimore County may keep schools open during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in 2018. The school board’s calendar committee, which is tasked with making recommendations to the superintendent, is considering the elimination of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as days off from the 2018-19 school year calendar, according to a letter the Baltimore Jewish Council… Read More

Possible Anchors Surface for Future Mall Development

Although the Owings Mills Mall was demolished last year to make way for much-anticipated redevelopment, there’s no official word yet on what will occupy the 1-million-square-foot space. Kimco Realty Corp., owner of the mall property, is overseeing an estimated $108 million overhaul of what will once again become known as the Owings Mills Town Center…. Read More

Repair the World Repairs a Unique Urban Garden

Volunteers from Repair the World, a Jewish social justice and volunteering program for young adults, dug into urban farming at the Real Food Farm in Baltimore Sunday. As the group of eight weeded, tilled, talked, laughed, swatted mosquitos and sweat under the tented growing area, Real Food Farm’s education coordinator Aliza Sollins worked alongside them,… Read More

Why Obama’s Former Speechwriter Calls Him the Most Jewish President Ever

He was just 24, but speechwriter David Litt had already become President Barack Obama’s go-to guy for anything considered “kishke-related.” In Litt’s parlance, that meant he wrote the president’s speeches aiming to connect with Jewish Americans on a gut level — things like holiday and anniversary commemorations, but not, say, Israel or foreign policy. That… Read More

Petition Launched for Fired U-Md. Professor

Did Melissa Landa lose her job in the University of Maryland’s College of Education because of her support for Israel, opposition to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, and her charges that there is anti-Semitism at her alma mater, Oberlin College? This is what Landa, a 10-year veteran of the department, claims in a… Read More

Howard County Federation Raises More Than $20K for Ugandan Jews

The Howard County Jewish community has raised nearly $21,000 to feed a group of malnourished Jews in Uganda — known as the Abayudaya — more than doubling the initial goal it set a month ago. In partnership, the Howard County Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Federation of Howard County launched the campaign in mid-August… Read More

You Should Know… Meghann Schwartz

Meghann Schwartz, 33, always knew she wanted a career in the Jewish community. The Brookeville resident and mother of four kids, ranging in age from 20 months to 8 years, is associate director of the Jewish Federation of Howard County. With master’s degrees in Jewish communal service and nonprofit management from Baltimore Hebrew University and… Read More

Celebrate Sukkot

If you hear the sound of hammering, it may be from the sukkahs that are being built all over town at synagogues and homes in preparation for the upcoming observation of Sukkot, which this year runs from the evening of Oct. 4 to the evening of Oct. 11. While synagogues across the area are holding… Read More