The Ethics of Combating Terrorism

Warfare has changed dramatically in recent decades. On the Israeli frontlines, terrorism and guerrilla warfare persist, forcing Israel Defense Forces soldiers to make life-or-death decisions in the field. IDF Reserve Brig. Gen. Bentzi Gruber spoke to the Jewish National Fund’s Lawyers for Israel Society in Baltimore on Jan. 24, where he talked about ethics in… Read More

More Than Junk … It’s Scrap! Local Jewish families ‘turned dross into gold’ and helped build 20th-century Baltimore

Everything is eventually scrap,” began Marvin Pinkert, executive director of the Jewish Museum of Maryland since June 2012. “All materials are eventually no longer useful in their original form,” he continued. “The business itself started off as ‘junk’ before being known as ‘scrap.’ Today’s ‘recycling’ is really the same model of our being able to… Read More

Muslim Ban Inspires Protests in Maryland

Protests erupted nationwide in the wake of an executive order from President Donald Trump that bars citizens from seven majority Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days and suspends the admission of refugees for 120 days. Airports around the country, including Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, were… Read More

Seasons Next Season?

While contractors are working inside the future home of Seasons kosher market to install electrical and plumbing systems, officials remain tight-lipped on an opening date for the store, which has been in the works for about three years. A series of delays combined with little public information from Seasons has left the community in the… Read More

This is What a JCC Bomb Threat Sounds Like

(JTA) — On Tuesday, for the third time this month, a string of Jewish community centers across the country received bomb threats. Many of the 17 JCCs that received the calls evacuated their facilities and contacted law enforcement, which is investigating the threats. Baltimore- and Washington-area JCCs did not receive threats this time. JTA has… Read More

Minimum Wage Showdown: City Decries State Effort to Limit Powers

The debate over whether local jurisdictions should have the power to raise the minimum wage has taken center stage at the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis. Baltimore City Council members on Jan. 26 slammed Democratic state lawmakers at a news conference over a bill that would prevent the city and other jurisdictions from enacting their… Read More

End-of-Life Option Act Draws Jewish Debate

Betty Kupinsky had always been in control of her life. At least, until an aggressive form of lymphoma had spread throughout her body, leaving her bedridden and waiting for nature to take its course. It eventually did, but only after six weeks of emotional distress and much suffering. At the age of 90, Kupinsky had… Read More

At Least 17 Bomb Threats Called in to JCCs Nationwide in Third Wave of Harassment

(JTA) — At least 17 Jewish community centers across the United States were targeted with bomb threats in the third wave of such mass disruption this month. Paul Goldenberg, the director of Secure Community Network — an affiliate of the Jewish Federations of North America that advises Jewish groups and institutions on security — said the threats were called… Read More

Q&A with Attorney General Brian Frosh ‘People can feel safe if they’re going to the JCC’

On Thursday Jan. 19, the editorial team of Washington Jewish Week, a sister publication of the Baltimore Jewish Times, welcomed Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh (D) to its Rockville office for a roundtable interview on a variety of subjects, including recent the recent bomb threats made against JCCs along the East Coast and anticipated conflicts… Read More

New Vegan Birthright Trip Takes Flight in August

  For the first time in its nearly two-decade long history of sending young Jewish adults to Israel for a free 10-day immersive cultural experience, Birthright  Israel: Mayanot will be offering a trip specializing in the vegan diet and lifestyle. The announcement was made by Mayanot’s partner in this endeavor, Jewish Veg, earlier this month…. Read More