Influential Optimist Local businessman Charles Baum was a problem solver, devoted family man

Charles Baum (Provided)

Charles Baum, a prominent businessman in Baltimore’s Jewish community, passed away Oct. 24 at the age of 73. Baum, who had served as the president of the Associated Jewish Charities of Baltimore, a sister organization of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. Marc Terrill, president of The Associated,… Read More

Gordon Center Turns 20 Performing arts center continues to grow as it enters its third decade


When the $4 million facility opened, it was of the highest caliber. No detail was overlooked in the creation of the Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts, from its masonry block design, lightweight concrete roof, ceiling panels and acoustic curtains — all of which contribute to the venue’s acoustic superiority — to its… Read More

The Great Challah Bake


Approximately 4,000 women gathered at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium on Thursday, Oct. 22 for the Great Challah Bake. The event was part of the Baltimore Shabbat Project, which partnered with the international Shabbos Project that was celebrated in more than 465 cities last year. Each participant prepared two oven-ready loaves of challah from… Read More

Editorial Lands Carroll Commissioner in Hot Water Advocacy groups call for Rothschild to be repudiated

Rabbi Charles Feinberg (left) talks with Carroll County resident James Reter prior to the press conference. (Justin Katz)

The Council for American  Islamic Relations, joined by Jewish Voice for Peace, has called for Carroll County commissioners to repudiate the comments that Commissioner Richard Rothschild made in an  editorial published in the Carroll County Times. Speaking at a press conference in front of the Carroll County Office Building in Westminster on Oct. 22, the… Read More

Netanyahu: ‘Stop spreading lies’ Current grand mufti denies presence of Jewish temples at Jerusalem holy site


Countering historical evidence and a publication released decades ago by a precursor to his office, the grand mufti of Jerusalem denied the historical presence of Jewish temples atop a contested holy site, which has been a flashpoint in the ongoing violence wracking the Jewish state. Speaking in Arabic to Israel’s Channel 2, Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad… Read More

‘Abbas: Worse than Arafat’ Fighting back against anti-Israel aggressors

Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, sees 
little hope for peace.

Israel is under attack, not just from the ongoing “stabbing intifada,” but from enemies who seek the delegitimization of the Jewish state through the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, and sometimes from its friends. This was the message shared by participants and echoed forcefully by Israeli politicians at the second annual Israeli-American Council Conference… Read More

Keeping Judaism at the Forefront Sobeloff Jewish Law Society gives attorneys, judges a chance to network

Judge Karen Chaya Friedman speaks at the judicial reception of the Simon E. 
Sobeloff Jewish Law Society on Oct. 8.

On Thursday, Oct. 8, hundreds of lawyers and judges gathered at Temple Oheb Shalom. It wasn’t for any type of formal programming that the legal professionals gathered; it was purely to schmooze. It was the Simon E. Sobeloff Jewish Law Society Baltimore Chapter’s annual judicial reception. Other than a brief address from Judge Karen Chaya… Read More