Menorah Lighting Ushers in Chanukah for City Officials

City Hall got into the Chanukah spirit on Wednesday as Baltimore officials gathered for the third annual lighting of the City Hall menorah. While hundreds are expected to turn out for the lighting of the 30-foot Esther Ann Menorah at McKeldin Square in the Inner Harbor on Sunday, the pre-Chanukah ceremony at City Hall provided… Read More

Which Is the Greater Chanukah Miracle?

As we prepare for the festival of Chanukah, it behooves us to revisit the significance of the lights of the chanukiah, as well as the Al Hanissim and Hallel praises that mark our eight-day celebration. Based on the text of the prayer of Al Hanissim (literally, “for the miracles”), which appears in the thanksgiving blessing… Read More

All I Want for Christmas Is … Chinese Food and a Movie

Chinese food and a movie on Christmas: It’s become a cherished Jewish tradition across the nation, and Baltimore is certainly no exception. Sonny Lee, owner of Sonny Lee’s Hunan Taste, estimates that being strategically located in Reisterstown, he has amassed a following of customers over the past 15 years that is “90 to 95 percent… 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

Passing Along the Importance of Tzedakah

Every year, as the Chanukah season approaches, I reflect on the importance of passing down one’s traditions. When our family gathers to light the menorah and say the Chanukah prayers, I am reminded of what we share with our children — the history, values and traditions that define who we are. This is so important… 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

Meaningful Giving

Lately my mind has been awash with thoughts pushing and pulling in all directions, motivated by my love of family (immediate and communal), my connection to Israel and the Jewish people and the needs of my new business. The connectedness of those things most important to me adds meaning to my life and inspires me… Read More

Latkes With A Side Of The Lord

University of Maryland, College Park students received unexpected Chanukah presents this year in the form of free latkes and sufganyot outside of the student union. But these treats came with a side order of Jesus. The table, erected last week, was being run by Chosen People Ministries, a group of messianic Jews and gentiles that… Read More

Chanukah in Odessa

By: Marina Moldavanskaya, Baltimore-Odessa Partnership Coordinator Jewish people all around the world celebrate the bright holiday of Chanukah, and the Odessa Jewish community was no exception. The first day of Chanukah was marked by a big celebration in Odessa. Crowds gathered in the two synagogues – Chabad and Litvak –  while the traditional Chanukah candles… Read More