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BY Melissa Gerr
October 6, 2014

A year ago I changed professions and joined the Baltimore Jewish Times. Anticipation and aftermath of such a leap can conjure terrifying thoughts or much worse — experiences to match. But I was fortunate where I landed, at a gateway to a community that consistently presents me with moments of inspiration, humility and delight. As a CONTINUE »

BY Melissa Gerr
March 6, 2014

In the short time I’ve been writing for JT I have met some truly remarkable people in Baltimore’s Jewish community. Jake Levin, who passed away March 1 at the age of 98, was one of them. I met Jake last October, and like other people I have had the good fortune to profile, I was CONTINUE »

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BY Simone Ellin
January 16, 2014

When I first heard that Loehmann’s was closing, I refused to believe it. After all, I reasoned, hadn’t Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s and countless other stores survived bankruptcy? Surely my favorite shopping spot would triumph over its financial woes so that future generations of women could benefit from the retail therapy that had helped me through CONTINUE »

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BY Marc Shapiro
January 2, 2014

Something quite astounding happened at a recent gig with Humanoise, the Baltimore-based band in which I play lead guitar. We were at Frazier’s on the Avenue in Hampden, set to go on a little after 11 p.m. When a group of people in green shirts on a pub crawl asked us if they could sing CONTINUE »

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BY Melissa Gerr
December 26, 2013

In October, then Editor-in-Chief Maayan Jaffe solicited cover story ideas from the JT staff. I suggested a 24-hour look at Baltimore, reminiscent of my first photo assignment at a newspaper in Minneapolis many years ago — but with a special Jewish focus on the city. When we met to discuss the strategy of how we CONTINUE »