Chanukah Parade Lights Up Park Heights

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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

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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!

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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

Charm City Klezmer  performs at Creative Alliance on Dec. 29. (File Photo)

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

ELIJAH AND SHIRA WIESEL, GRANDCHILDREN OF THE LATE ELIE WIESEL, LIGHT THE MENORAH AT THE WHITE HOUSE CHANUKAH PARTY ON DEC. 14, AS PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA LOOK ON. OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTO BY CHUCK KENNEDY

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

The World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah being lighted by then-New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg with Rabbi Shmuel M. Butman, Director of the Lubavitch Youth Organization, in 2013. (PR Newswire)

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

Great Buys for the Jewish Music Lover in Your Life

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Leonard Cohen, “You Want It Darker” Canadian Jewish singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen — best known for his songs “Suzanne,” “Bird on a Wire” and “Hallelujah” — has just released his 14th studio album. Cohen, who died in November at age 82, and his vocal style has changed as he’s aged, but it’s still a powerful instrument…. Read More

Sukkot Around Town

Charm City Tribe’s mobile sukkah draws a crowd at Union Craft Brewing.

The JT stopped by community events as well as one family’s sukkah during the course of the holiday. Here’s how some in Baltimore  celebrated Sukkot. Sukkot and Beer Charm City Tribe’s mobile sukkah stopped by Union Craft Brewing on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 20. Visitors crowded around the sukkah that had been on tour… Read More