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

Menorah Lighting Ushers in Chanukah for City Officials

City Hall got into the Chanukah spirit on Wednesday as Baltimore officials gathered for the third annual lighting of the City Hall menorah. While hundreds are expected to turn out for the lighting of the 30-foot Esther Ann Menorah at McKeldin Square in the Inner Harbor on Sunday, the pre-Chanukah ceremony at City Hall provided… Read More

Trump’s Israel Envoy Pick Shakes Up American Jewish Status Quo

WASHINGTON (JTA) -– Nearly six years ago, when President Barack Obama was set to elevate one of his top emissaries to the Jewish community to the Israel ambassadorship, Dan Shapiro asked for – and got – the endorsement of one of Obama’s fiercest pro-Israel critics. “Dan has always spoken to us, patiently and carefully explaining… Read More

Winands Road Synagogue Set to Close

“As with all good things in life, nothing of value can or should remain stagnant, including institutions” began the statement emailed from the desk of Rabbi Sholom Salfer to his congregants at Winands Road Synagogue Center — Randallstown’s last operating synagogue — on Thursday, Nov. 17. With an original charter that dates back to 1895,… Read More