Weinberg Foundation Sends $500,000 to Florida Hurricane Relief Efforts

Organizations in Florida’s Monroe, Miami-Dade, Duval, Collier, Palm Beach and Broward counties are set to receive grant aid totaling $500,000 from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The five agencies, Senior Resources Alliance, Feeding South Florida, Feeding Northeast Florida, Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County and Jewish Community Services of South Florida, were identified… Read More

‘We Ride’ For The Lonsmen, it’s all about camaraderie and the roads less traveled

If you happen to be passing through The Shops at Quarry Lake in Pikesville at twilight on a warm Thursday evening, in between the bustle of cars and families you might catch the whiff of cigar smoke mingled with onion rings and pizza and find a group chatting and joking outside Pizza Blitz. Along the… Read More

Baltimore Native Reflects on Vegas Tragedy

Las Vegas resident Harvey Blankfeld described the last week’s incidents as “strange.” “You never imagine something like this happening where you live,” Blankfeld said. “We know the venues. We’re watching on national news our city and the Strip showing just a horrific situation. This tragedy was just awful.” Blankfeld, 57, a Baltimore native who lived in… Read More

Trump Nominates Baltimore Native Jamie McCourt as French Ambassador

Jamie McCourt, a Baltimore native whose father founded local appliance and electronics chain Luskin’s, made her case to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday as part of her nomination to serve as U.S. ambassador to France. An entrepreneur and attorney, McCourt surfaced as one of President Donald Trump’s staunchest supporters early in his campaign,… Read More

Baltimore’s ‘Rockin’ Rabbi’ Remembers Meeting Tom Petty in Israel

Thirty years ago, Baltimore resident Avraham Rosenblum found himself standing at the Western Wall explaining to Tom Petty that it was the holiest place in Judaism, and that the foundation stone below the Dome of the Rock is considered the foundation stone of the universe. “That’s a pretty wild rock,” Petty said as he walked… Read More

High Holidays on Chopping Block for Baltimore County Schools

Baltimore County may keep schools open during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in 2018. The school board’s calendar committee, which is tasked with making recommendations to the superintendent, is considering the elimination of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as days off from the 2018-19 school year calendar, according to a letter the Baltimore Jewish Council… Read More

Possible Anchors Surface for Future Mall Development

Although the Owings Mills Mall was demolished last year to make way for much-anticipated redevelopment, there’s no official word yet on what will occupy the 1-million-square-foot space. Kimco Realty Corp., owner of the mall property, is overseeing an estimated $108 million overhaul of what will once again become known as the Owings Mills Town Center…. Read More

Repair the World Repairs a Unique Urban Garden

Volunteers from Repair the World, a Jewish social justice and volunteering program for young adults, dug into urban farming at the Real Food Farm in Baltimore Sunday. As the group of eight weeded, tilled, talked, laughed, swatted mosquitos and sweat under the tented growing area, Real Food Farm’s education coordinator Aliza Sollins worked alongside them,… Read More

Why Obama’s Former Speechwriter Calls Him the Most Jewish President Ever

He was just 24, but speechwriter David Litt had already become President Barack Obama’s go-to guy for anything considered “kishke-related.” In Litt’s parlance, that meant he wrote the president’s speeches aiming to connect with Jewish Americans on a gut level — things like holiday and anniversary commemorations, but not, say, Israel or foreign policy. That… Read More

Petition Launched for Fired U-Md. Professor

Did Melissa Landa lose her job in the University of Maryland’s College of Education because of her support for Israel, opposition to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, and her charges that there is anti-Semitism at her alma mater, Oberlin College? This is what Landa, a 10-year veteran of the department, claims in a… Read More