BHC Brotherhood Celebrates 98th Year

HaZamir Baltimore (Photo provided)

More than 250 people filled Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Sunday night to hear HaZamir Baltimore sing a set of Jewish songs. Performing for the first time this season, HaZamir Baltimore, one of 31 international Jewish high school-affiliated choirs across the United States and  Israel, headlined the opening dinner of the BHC Brotherhood’s 98th year. Sidney Bravmann,… Read More

Former Employee Gifts $2M to Loyola

Mary Hyman (photo provided

Loyola University Maryland on Sept. 14 announced a $2 million gift plan from a former employee to create endowed scholarships in education and the sciences for undergraduate and graduate students. The gift was bequeathed by Mary Hyman, who retired in August after 26 years as coordinator of science education programs and the Institute for Child… Read More

You Should Know … Gal Massalton

Gal Massalton

Gal Massalton is an Israeli native who is working in Baltimore as the  Israel shlichah (emissary) for the Baltimore Zionist District (BZD). Originally from Rehovot, Massalton, 32, took a gap year  before joining the army to volunteer locally with the Israeli scouts. She served in the Israel Defense Forces as a captain for seven years,… Read More

Baltimore Jazz Alliance Bops into First-Ever Festival

Baltimore  native Clarence Ward III  will be performing. (Dubscience Photography courtesy of Baltimore Jazz Alliance)

Those who fear there’s been a dismal downbeat in the Baltimore jazz scene have something to swing about. The Baltimore Jazz Alliance is tuning up for its family-friendly and free jazz festival, which takes the stage on Oct. 1 at Druid Hill Park. The BJA Jazz Festival is ostensibly the first local musical showcase focusing… Read More

Alternative Worship Chavurot provide another means of Jewish connection


Synagogues in greater Baltimore and all over the world will be packed with crowds for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in the coming weeks. For some, the High Holy Days kick off another Jewish year in which Shabbat will be observed, holidays will be celebrated, and life will flow according to the Jewish calendar…. Read More

Pikesville High Is Now a Cut Above


At 9:37 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, the 1-foot-tall, stage-length purple ribbon representing the team color of Pikesville High School was cut by ceremonially gigantic scissors (also purple rimmed), commemorating the completion of the school’s two-year, $50 million  series of renovations. What followed was an immediate groundswell of thundering applause from the 300 audience members… Read More

Wegmans Opens at Foundry Row

(David Stuck)

The opening of the much-anticipated Wegmans at Foundry Row on Reisterstown Road was officially realized on Sunday, Sept. 18. This year, Wegmans was ranked as the No. 1 supermarket in the nation, a favorite of consumers in the northeast region of the United States. The new Owings Mills Wegmans offers a vast assortment of kosher… Read More

Jews in Jazz

The Baltimore Jazz Alliance will hold its first-ever BJA Jazz Festival on Oct. 1 at Druid Hill Park from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Baltimore Jewish Times recently spoke with longtime BJA member Bob Jacobson who created the Jazz For Kids program in 2006 to help make the musical genre more accessible to young… Read More

Donkey Redemption Is Rare Ritual in Judaism

The Beirig family’s donkey was adorned with a serape and jewelry on its walk to the podium. (Lori Samlin Miller)

CHERRY HILL, N.J. — The Torah is specific when it  describes what a Jew should do about his first fruits, his first harvest and his firstborn male children. Is it any wonder that it is equally precise about what to do about a firstborn donkey? Such was the subject of a rare mitzvah performed last… Read More

Filmmaker Hopes to Shed Light on ‘Birth Fathers’

Ian Hochberg (Daniel Nozick)

Ian Hochberg has an interesting story to share. It’s about his experience as a “birth father,” which he will be relating to the world in the form of a documentary by that name. He was in relationship with a Catholic woman for exactly a year. Just as their relationship began to close, it was discovered… Read More