Local Activists Host Day of #JewishResistance

President Elect Donald Trump has not yet taken office, but he is already stirring discontent — and activist action — among a subset of the local Jewish community. A group of five friends and organizers, all involved in both local activist groups and the Jewish community, felt they could use an outlet for their concerns… Read More

Baltimore Native Hosts Dakota Pipeline Solidarity Event in Jerusalem

The months-long protest over the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline led by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota, termed #NoDAPL, has resonated with people all across the country and, as it turns out, even overseas. On Thursday, Dec. 15, Baltimore native and current Jerusalem resident Leah Raher is holding an event in… Read More

Protecting Medics in Judea, Samaria

A group of Baltimore philanthropists who raised money to provide bulletproof vests to front-line medics in Israel recently returned from a visit during which they presented these vests to medics in Judea and Samaria. Irwin Azman, a driving force behind the fundraising effort, explained that the vests they distributed to medics were not those they… Read More

Phoenix Jewish News Joins Mid-Atlantic Media

Phoenix Jewish News, the Jewish community newspaper of Greater Phoenix and Northern Arizona, has signed a management agreement with Mid-Atlantic Media, based in Baltimore. Mid-Atlantic Media, which has similar affiliations with The Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh and the Jewish Exponent of Philadelphia, took over the newspaper’s day-to-day operations with the Jewish News on Dec. 1…. Read More

A Thanksgiving Blessing

Rabbi Etan Mintz, who has shepherded the downtown Baltimore congregation B’Nai Israel for the past four-and-a-half years, welcomed a new addition to his growing family over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Mintz, 38, and his 33-year-old wife Tammy — who earned her doctorate in child psychology from the University of Virginia — have been married for… Read More

The ‘Dean’ Says Goodbye Rikki Spector retires from City Council after nearly 40 years

Often called “feisty” by friends and foes alike, longtime Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector, 80, spoke of plans for another 40 years the day after being knocked to the ground in an attempted carjacking that left her with a black eye last Friday. “I go into the biblical mode of 120 years,” Spector said…. Read More

Spector: ‘Give them the car? Are you nuts?’

Rikki Spector was pulling her cellphone out of her pocket around 10:15 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 when two teenage boys dressed in school uniforms and wearing book bags raced toward her Buick. They then proceeded to pull the door open, Spector said, and threw her out of the car onto the concrete floor. “They… Read More

Chabad Lubavitch Makes It 50 with South Dakota

In a vast banquet hall at the Brooklyn Marine Terminal Pier 8 in New York, more than 5,000 Chabad Lubavitch emissaries, lay leaders and supporters gathered on Nov. 27 for the culminating event of the five-day International Conference of Chabad Lubavitch Emissaries. The conference came as the Chabad community marks 75 years since the late… Read More

Anti-Semitism Abroad Not Yet at 1930s Level But ‘Bleak’ Nonetheless

Jewish journalists met with members of the Obama administration on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the State Department for a briefing on worldwide anti-Semitism as well as U.S. efforts to secure reparations to Holocaust survivors. The meeting was arranged by the American Jewish Press Association, which held its annual conference in Washington, D.C., last month. During… Read More

Spector Talks Carjacking, Assault

Baltimore police have arrested a second teenager involved in the attempted carjacking of Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector last Friday, police said. A 13-year-old boy was taken into custody at a family member’s home around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning and has been charged as a juvenile with attempted robbery and first- and second-degree assault…. Read More