PuRiM PalOOza!

The Jewish Federation of Howard County held its 25th annual Purim Palooza on Sunday, March 5 at Reservoir High School in Fulton. The event featured carnival games, arts and crafts, vendors and exhibitors, entertainment by DJ Doug Sandler, airbrush shirts and hats, a PJ Library story room, prizes and food. “Purim Palooza is the only… Read More

Hamantaschen Time JT staff weighs in on local options for the delicious Haman hat-shaped treat

Purim is arguably the most festive holiday of the Jewish year. There are many traditional elements to the holiday — we celebrate salvation from Haman’s plot to eradicate the Jews with costumes, graggers, gift baskets known as mishloach manot and, of course, hamantaschen. But how did this oddly shaped cookie become a staple of the… Read More

Chanukah Parade Lights Up Park Heights

Hundreds of people came out of their homes in Northwest Baltimore to wave and dance on the evening of Dec. 26 as the annual Chanukah parade drove by. For the first time, the parade took place throughout the Park Heights area, starting and ending at Cheder Chabad rather than making its way to downtown’s McKeldin… Read More

The December Dilemma How interfaith families make the holidays meaningful

The December Dilemma is a reality that many interfaith families live out each holiday season. The big question is how to balance Christmas and Chanukah in a family with a parent of each faith. While families try to keep the meaning of Chanukah at the forefront of their celebrations, it can be difficult living in… Read More

Chanukah Is Here!

Chabad Lubavitch Centers of Greater Baltimore is once again partnering with the Mayor’s Office for the annual lighting of the 30-foot Esther Ann Menorah, sponsored by David S. Brown Enterprises. The event will take place as part of the Baltimore Chanukah Festival on Sunday, Dec. 25 at McKeldin Square in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor at 4:30… Read More

Chanukah Concerts Kick Off with Klezmer

While Chanukah’s traditions can sometimes get lost in the chaos of the holiday season, local organizations and congregations are making sure to keep tradition front and center, starting with the music. A number of the various area concerts will feature klezmer bands, known for playing traditional Yiddish and Jewish music derived from Eastern European folk… Read More

Obama Lights the Menorah One More Time

If any word could describe the scene from the East Room of the White House on Dec. 14, the site of the final two Chanukah parties hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, it would be irony. Unless you paid close attention to the fact that there was a silver menorah being… Read More

Size matters: How a ‘largest menorah’ tiff landed two rabbis in Jewish court

NEW YORK (JTA) — Each year in Brooklyn, Chabad Rabbi Shimon Hecht ascends 33 and a half feet to light the tallest menorah in the world. But he’s not allowed to call it that anymore. By decree of a Chabad-Lubavitch rabbinical court, Hecht must cede the title of “World’s Largest Menorah” to another candelabra, this… Read More

Synagogues Celebrate Chanukah

Chanukah can be a particularly hectic time of year. To help you keep your luster during 2016’s Festival of Lights, the JT presents a quick-fix primer of seasonal events and activities to look out for through local congregations. Beth El Congregation Beth El is partnering with Chizuk Amuno Congregation for a Chinese food and movie night… Read More