‘Everything Is Scrap’

Here at the JT, we’ve tackled many stories exploring various aspects of our history. I’m not referring to the history of Baltimore’s premier Jewish publication, but rather to the history of the Jewish people, with a particular emphasis on how that history intersects with Charm City and its environs. In that spirit came last week’s… Read More

Embracing the Jewish Pirate

I’ve been to several Purim parties where more than one guest, capitalizing off of the black beard that is common to many an Orthodox man, has worn colonial getup and an eye patch to attend as the dreaded pirate Schwartzbord. The premise is tacitly hilarious, for who, excepting maybe Mel Brooks, would think of a… Read More

The Need for Unity

Jewish institutions up and down the Eastern Seaboard are being targeted, with vandalism reported in Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania and our own Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore in Park Heights one of 16 JCCs nationwide to receive a bomb threat last week. Investigators, according to the Jewish Federations of North America’s Secure Community… Read More

The Jewish Future

A few weeks back, the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly made headlines for officially disaffiliating retired Philadelphia-area Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom for presiding over an interfaith marriage and indicating that, should the opportunity arise, he had every intention to do so in the future. The affair reignited the long-simmering debate in the Jewish community as to how… Read More

A Brighter Baltimore

Poverty. Jobs. Crime. Health care. These are not merely national concerns, nor are they strictly Maryland problems. They are Baltimore’s challenges. That much is clear in a city and region that has long struggled to make up for the loss of manufacturing decades ago, all while the core of residents who didn’t leave ages in… Read More

Getting It Right

Rising like a Phoenix out of the ashes on the west side of Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills, the $140 million Foundry Row project has transformed what once was industrial land into a premier retail and gastronomic center. Anchored by Wegmans, the development, which celebrated its grand opening last month, seems to have sparked some… Read More

Lighting the Season

One of the neat things about living in Israel was that for most of the country, Dec. 25 was just another day. Aside from the news coverage surrounding festivities in the Christian parts of Jerusalem’s Old City, we all went about our business. If it was Chanukah, we put our menorahs in our windows or… Read More

A ‘Big’ Celebration

Growing up as an only child, for some of the time raised by a single mother, I long harbored a fantasy of what life would be like with a sibling. That’s why today — especially in the midst of the chaos of a house with eight children — I can take a deep breath and… Read More

Model for Us All

In an era where it is commonplace to distrust government, the notion of the professional legislator is far from positive. Congress enjoys near-historic low approval levels, while the president-elect speaks openly about imposing, though the president has no power to do so, term limits on Capitol Hill. Rare, it seems, is that politician who cares… Read More

A Jewish Place

I’ve never been to Vermont, but after reading correspondent Liz Spikol’s tale of Jewish life in the Green Mountain State, I’ve added a trip there to my bucket list. Liz, who spent almost a week in the state, begins her story with a quote from Susan Leff, executive director of Jewish Communities of Vermont, a… Read More