Jewish Festival Comes to the Quarry Event features community organizations, synagogues, vendors, music, food and more

The Baltimore American Jewish Festival will be held on Sunday, June 7, at Quarry Lake at Greenspring. (Provided)

This Sunday, Quarry Lake at Greenspring will likely be packed for the Baltimore American Jewish Festival. The festival, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., features live Jewish music, kosher food, author signings, a kids area and around 100 vendors that include artisans, synagogues, schools, Jewish and community service agencies. Jay Harris, who runs… Read More

JT Honored with Rockower Awards

The Baltimore Jewish Times won several honors in the 2015 Rockower Awards competition held by the American Jewish Press Association. The JT’s editor-in-chief, Joshua Runyan, who also serves as editorial director of publisher Mid-Atlantic Media, won first place in single commentary for “Life-or-Death Struggle,” an installment of his popular “Opening Thoughts” column discussing the Jewish… Read More

‘State’ of Confusion Will Vatican’s Palestine reference impact Jewish-Catholic ties?

Pope Francis greets Palestinian 
Authority President Mahmoud 
Abbas as the pope leaves St. Peter’s 
Square at the end of a canonization 
ceremony in Vatican City last month.

WASHINGTON — When considering the Vatican’s creep toward recognition of Palestinian statehood, think “Israel-Vatican” and not “Jewish-Catholic,” say Jewish officials involved in dialogue with the church. A May 13 announcement on an agreement regarding the functioning of the church in areas under Palestinian control raised eyebrows in its reference to the “State of Palestine.” The… Read More

The Cost of a Dignified Burial Jewish funeral expenses can be steep, but must they be?

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The emotional cost of burying a loved one can be overwhelming. But when a price tag upward of $8,000 for Jewish funeral expenses — the regional average, according to National Funeral Directors Association statistics — is added to that cost, the suffering can be exacerbated. “People go into debt for funerals. They take out loans…. Read More

Medal of Honor President awards medal posthumously to Jewish WWI serviceman

President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor posthumously to Sgt. William Shemin as daughters Ida Shemin and Elsie Shemin-Roth proudly accept the honor. (Suzanne Pollak)

Three sisters looked on with a mixture of pride and tears, as their great-grandfather, Sgt. William Shemin, was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously by President Barack Obama. “It’s unbelievable. It’s so exciting,” said Alice Philips-Roth of Missouri. Her sisters, Julie and Emily, said they didn’t know which was better — to watch as their… Read More

JT Honored with Rockower Awards

The Baltimore Jewish Times won several honors in the 2015 Rockower Awards competition held by the American Jewish Press Association. The JT’s editor-in-chief, Joshua Runyan, who also serves as editorial director of publisher Mid-Atlantic Media, won first place in single commentary for “Life-or-Death Struggle,” an installment of his popular “Opening Thoughts” column discussing the Jewish… Read More