For Better or Worse

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Zoning disputes are never easy, frequently pitting the interests of developers against residents, homeowners against environmentalists and municipalities against business owners. As you’ve read in past issues of the JT, they can even pit religious factions against each other, neighbors against neighbors. This week, we examine two surrounding important pieces of real estate in our… Read More

Salute to Sinai

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It’s not in every city where the local “Jewish” hospital remains a crucial component of the Jewish community. But Baltimore, as we all know so well, is not like most cities. As you’ll read in this week’s JT, Sinai Hospital turns 150, a milestone celebration of a history that saw a facility rise from the… Read More

The Link That Binds

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The periodic table, that catalogue of the physical world’s building blocks, arranged to reveal the hidden connections between seemingly unrelated matter. It’s both the bane — or wonder — of high school chemistry and the instrument through which many observable phenomena can be explained. This bedrock of science is at the same time a work… Read More

BDS: Faltering?

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Days before the start of its convention in Cleveland next week, the Republican Party made headlines, especially in the Jewish world, when a subcommittee formally proposed platform language that identifies the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel as inherently anti-Semitic. The proposed addendum does other things, including de-emphasizing a two-state solution to the… Read More

Senseless Tragedy

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At the time that 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel was senselessly stabbed to death last week as she slept in her Kiryat Arba home, my own 13-year-old daughter was enjoying a sleepaway camp popular among Baltimore girls. Maybe that’s why I, a former oleh who hasn’t lived in Israel since 2011, seem to be more affected… Read More

A Shining Light

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This has certainly been a summer of transition for Jewish Baltimore, with departures of top officials at community institutions and area nonprofits. Earlier this month, the JT profiled Art Abramson, who stepped down in May after almost 26 years leading the Baltimore Jewish Council as its executive director. Two weeks later, we featured a cover… Read More

A Real Concern

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Could a massacre similar to the gunning down last week of 49 patrons of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., happen here in Baltimore? No matter how much we might wish for the better, the answer is frighteningly yes, God forbid. The fact is, the terrorism corollary of “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”… Read More

An American Interest

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Check your Facebook page or your Twitter feed and you’d be forgiven for thinking that the fate of Israel and of the wider Jewish world hinges on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election this November. The messages, while discordant — presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump (or presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton or longshot candidate… Read More

Hello Jewish Times


This is Marc Shapiro. You probably already know me, having seen my byline in the paper or having met me out in the community. I’ve been at the Baltimore Jewish Times for almost three years, coming in as a staff writer and working as senior reporter for the past year and a half. I’m happy… Read More

Voice of Reason

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It’s hard enough sometimes for individual human beings to be consistent with their speech, making it seem as if some of us really are of two minds. Extend that reality to an entire community and it would seem as if it would be nearly impossible for all of us to speak with one voice. For… Read More