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

Unapologetically Jewish

The community was rocked by yet another round of bomb threats on March 14. Two days later, a swastika was found on a sign outside of the Jewish Museum of Maryland and B’nai Israel on Lloyd Street in Jonestown. As you’ll read in this week’s JT, Jewish Baltimore didn’t hide in fear or ignore the… Read More

The Task of Memory

From a young age, any child receiving a Jewish education is taught the history and lessons of the Holocaust. For those who don’t have survivors in their bloodlines, visits to the Holocaust Museum in Washington or talks from local survivors make the horror even more tangible. While I consider myself lucky that none of my… Read More

The BDS Hubbub

Freedom of speech. It’s a right so engrained in our psyche as Americans that we react viscerally to most attempts to curtail it. But all speech is not free. As Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. observed in 1919: You can’t falsely yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater. As a society, while we jealously… Read More

A Sweet Appreciation

Depending on your frame of reference, any number of recent happenings are proof positive that we live in a topsy-turvy world. From the practically unfathomable victory of President Donald Trump to last weekend’s Academy Awards mix-up to a spate of JCC bomb threats and Jewish cemetery desecrations, one thing is for sure: Whatever world we… Read More

Tilling the Educational Soil

A Talmudic story relates the power of forward-thinking combined with self-sacrifice: Choni HaMa’agal was walking down the road and saw a man planting a carob tree. “How long does it take for the tree to bear fruit?” he asked the man. The man replied that it would take 70 years. “Are you certain that you… Read More

An Inspiring Sacrifice

Typically, the idealism of youth is denigrated. Twenty-somethings charging headfirst into a picket line are more often seen as symbols of an anarchic bent in millennial thinking as opposed to evidence of principled individuals taking a stand. But in at least one area, we as a Jewish community can agree that the fear-nothing-and-take-no-prisoners approach unique… Read More

Speak for Yourself

If you’ve ever been to Israel, you’ve probably noticed the propensity of Israelis to adorn their cars, their bus stops — even their street signs — with all manner of bumper stickers. Seen as a reflection of the diversity of those who call the Jewish state home, these political — and even apolitical — statements… Read More

‘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