Red Goji Brings New Kosher Asian Cuisine

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Baltimore lost a staple restaurant in the kosher community after Umami closed its doors amid confusion and contradictory announcements last year. Now, a new Asian kitchen has stepped up to fill the void. Red Goji opened quietly, less a year ago. Initially, it was owned by two Japanese men and served Asian food that was… Read More

Speaker Series Kicks Off with Social Security Commissioner

Carolyn Colvin, the SSA’s acting commissioner, brought to North Oaks the importance of saving. (REUTERS/Larry Downing via newscom)

North Oaks Senior Living Community kicked off its new speaker series, the North Oaks Institute, on June 30 with an appearance by Social Security Administration acting commissioner Carolyn Colvin. The series is “aimed to educate the community about issues facing the older population. … The North Oaks Institute will periodically feature industry experts who can… Read More

County, LifeBridge Unveil ‘Live Near Your Work’ Incentives

Baltimore County and LifeBridge Health have announced a Live Near Your Work program for LifeBridge employees who buy homes near Northwest Hospital in Randallstown. The incentives range from $1,000 to $5,000 to help  employees with down payments and closing costs. “By providing buyer incentives in communities near Northwest Hospital, we are encouraging LifeBridge employees to… Read More

Blavatt Elected President of Chizuk Amuno

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Chizuk Amuno Congregation elected Jason Blavatt as its new president at its annual meeting on June 14. Blavatt wrapped up a term as first vice president of the 1,200-family Conservative congregation. “Jason Blavatt’s values and temperament reflect his caring toward people and his sensitivity to doing what’s right and proper,” Rabbi Ron Shulman said in… Read More

Former Cop’s Roots Run Deep City Police Jewish Community Liasion Moving On

Ken Dickstein (Photo by Adam Barry)

For the past seven years, Baltimore’s Jewish communities have been looked after by Kenneth “Heshy” Dickstein, the Yiddish- and Hebrew-fluent son of a local rabbi. Since August of 2009, the former Officer Dickstein, who retired on June 17, has served as the Baltimore Police Department’s citywide Jewish community liaison, fostering communication between the community and… Read More

Baltimore Remembers Wiesel as Eloquent, Thoughtful, Righteous Mensch

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Elie Wiesel, the iconic Holocaust survivor, activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, died of natural causes on Saturday, July 2 at the age of 87. While he was a figure of international prominence, there is hardly a Jewish community around the world that didn’t feel his impact, and Baltimore is no different. “It was like… Read More

State Congressmen Rally for Gun Control

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Maryland’s Democratic Congressmen gathered in Baltimore on Wednesday, June 29 to underscore the need for gun control two weeks after a mass shooting in an Orlando, Fla., nightclub killed 49 people and less than a week after Congressional Democrats staged a sit-in in attempt to force a gun control vote. Congressmen Chris Van Hollen, Elijah… Read More

UPDATE: Suspect in Barricade Situation in Police Custody

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After a nearly eight-hour barricade that closed sections of Reisterstown Road in the northern part of the city, Baltimore Police arrested a man who refused to come outside when sheriffs tried to serve him a warrant, according to police spokesman T.J. Smith. Shots were fired from the house, located in the 6900 block of Reisterstown… Read More

Howard County Federation Director Resigns

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Michelle Ostroff has resigned from her position as executive director of the Jewish Federation of Howard County, according to an email distributed to the community last week. Ostroff will officially step down at the end of July. “This decision was made so that I can spend more time with my family, as the demands of… Read More