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

Great Buys for the Jewish Music Lover in Your Life

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

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

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

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

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

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