Real People, Real Politicians

Each year, Maryland’s General Assembly meets for a short 90 days during which legislators have to hash out a budget and wrestle with a variety of issues. In just the past few years, the legislature has tackled minimum wage, assisted suicide, police reform, bail reform and the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel, among… Read More

An Open Tent

While I was covering the JCC Biennial in Baltimore last year, I heard a story that I felt was truly emblematic of what community means. Looking to capture the contributions of Baltimore’s Jewish leaders at the Biennial, I sat in on a session in which JCC of Greater Baltimore CEO Barak Hermann and Rabbi Jessy… Read More

Culinary Evolution

In recent years, Baltimore has become a not-so-secret culinary destination. Neighborhoods such as Remington, Hampden, Fells Point and Canton have become foodie hot spots with restaurants spanning international flavors. In 2015, Zagat named Baltimore the United States’ No. 2 food city. So it’s only natural that the kosher food scene would mirror what’s happening in… Read More

Pillars of Community

As our Jewish institutions age, so do its members, and with that comes the task of finding the next generation of philanthropists, volunteers and organizers. Fortunately, some community stalwarts foster change even as they celebrate many decades of service. As you’ll read in this week’s JT, members of the Covenant Guild have been engaging in… Read More

Sorrow and Triumph

The world just commemorated Yom HaShoah on April 23 and 24, the holiday that memorializes the Holocaust and remembers its victims, Jewish and non-Jewish. In Baltimore, the community paid tribute to Elie Wiesel. In Howard County, the community explored artifacts from the time period and held a memorial service. These poignant events were wfurther expounded… Read More

Sweet Sorrow

It’s never easy to say goodbye. It’s even harder when you know you’ll still be around from time to time. But as difficult as it is, it is time for me to bid farewell to all of you, dear readers, who welcomed me into their homes and kept coming back week to week to the… Read More

Blazing Trails

Every now and then, I have an experience that truly puts me in the shoes of others. The roundtable discussion Justin Silberman and I took part in for this week’s cover story about five young women in the political arena was just that kind of experience. While I was completely aware that women face different… Read More

Uplifting the Oppressed

Anyone engaged in the Baltimore Jewish community knows how abundant its resources are. Those looking to further connect with their Judaism, explore it through the lens of a particular discipline or get help with a litany of issues don’t have to look far. So it’s only appropriate that CHANA, an Associated agency that responds to… Read More

The Lessons of Passover

Every year on Passover, we chronicle our triumphant liberation from Egypt and renew our pledge to welcome the stranger, as we were strangers in Egypt. But the lessons of Passover are more profound beyond what’s on the pages of the haggadah. As area rabbis told the JT for this week’s cover story, there is an… Read More

A Conundrum of Wages

Last week, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh announced her decision to veto a bill that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. While the City Council practically had a veto-proof majority, one councilperson told the JT they would not go against the mayor but instead would uphold the veto, essentially killing the bill…. Read More