Yom Kippur: A Community Lens


Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, the Day of Atonement, marks the end of 40 days of penitence and commemorates the day that God forgave the Jewish people for the folly and sin of the Golden Calf. In contemporary Judaism, however, Yom Kippur serves as a day to atone for sins from… Read More

Have a Very Veggie Holiday

Debra Wasserman’s tahini peanut confection

Here’s a tricky one: If a vegan were to garnish his or her “nonmeat meat” product (say, a tofu dog) with nondairy cheese, would the culinary combination prove to be a violation of kosher law? “Our goal is not to go around rules like that,” said Debra Wasserman, who is the co-director and co-founder of… Read More

Judaica Shops Roll with the Times

(Courtesy: giftsbygilda.com)

Tucked away on a quiet street in the basement of a Baltimore residence near Pikesville sits one of the area’s best-kept secrets of Judaica items: Gifts  by Gilda. Known to loyal clients as “The Museum,” Gifts by Gilda, the brainchild of Gilda Naiman, has specialized in the selling of sterling silver items, many of which… Read More

Bay Bank Sponsors High Holiday Israel Bonds

Bay Bank screenshot announcing its partnership with Israel Bonds

Israel Bonds Maryland has been collaborating with Hopkins Federal Savings Bank for a decade, supporting the tradition of equally matching all  Israel bonds investments by the community during the High Holidays. The acquisition of Hopkins Federal Savings Bank by Bay Bank earlier this year left some people uncertain about whether this support would continue. However,… Read More

Messages for the New Year Seven rabbis talk High Holidays and sermons


The High Holidays are a particularly heavy time of the year: a time for reflection, renewal, forgiveness and repentance for individuals, the Baltimore Jewish  community and the Jewish world at large. For rabbis in the Greater Baltimore area, there is no uniform approach to composing sermons for the High Holidays nor uniform topics to cover…. Read More

Community Kibitz: Gefilte Fish


This week the JT popped into three area Jewish eateries to ask customers about what turned out to be a rather ticklish subject: Do you like gefilte fish? Miller’s Deli, 2849 Smith Ave., Pikesville Chatting with the ladies who meet here every week to play mah-jongg. EILEEN GARFIELD (Pikesville): I make it from the can… Read More

High Holiday Services

Below are links to information about High Holiday services at Baltimore- and Howard County-area synagogues. Conservative Adat Chaim bit.ly/2d253hx Beth Am Synagogue bit.ly/2dkJsP7 Beth El Congregation bit.ly/2d2f4d2 Beth Israel Congregation bit.ly/2dkSyzW Beth Shalom Congregation bit.ly/2cUTAQa Chevrei Tzedek bit.ly/2dbnxZE Chizuk Amuno Congregation bit.ly/2cE6hiC Reform Baltimore Hebrew Congregation bit.ly/2dcvMIV Bolton Street Synagogue bit.ly/2duN4l1 Har Sinai Congregation bit.ly/2d2aBJ2… Read More

Sweet! Honey of Job Attracts Local Artist

Kara Brook’s desire to make  her own art supplies has turned into a prosperous honey business that now  includes beauty products. (Provided)

With Rosh Hashanah right around the corner, the Jewish community will undoubtedly be stocking up on some essential staples such as apples and honey. The two sweet snacks represent the “sweet new year” that Jews look forward to, and ancient Jews thought the fruit had healing properties. While honey will be enjoyed at innumerable celebrations,… Read More

One Place Swing-State Voters Won’t See Clinton, Trump This Season: The Rabbi’s Pulpit

Rabbis in swing states say their High Holidays sermons won't address the election head on but will touch on more general civic themes. (Lior Zaltzman)

When Rosh Hashanah came around last year, Rabbi Aaron Gaber wanted to grapple with an issue roiling the country. So he decided to focus his sermon on racism. But several members of Brothers of Israel, a 120-family Conservative synagogue in suburban Philadelphia, weren’t pleased. “Some of the feedback from some of my congregants has caused… Read More