Film Festival Gears Up for Finale

The Baltimore Jewish Film Festival wraps up on Sunday, April 30, but three highly acclaimed films remain to be screened over the next week. The festival, put on by the Gordon Center for Performing Arts at the JCC of Greater Baltimore, is in its 29th year and is one of the oldest Jewish film festivals… Read More

Israeli-American Teen Arrested in JCC Bomb Threats

When an Israeli-American Jewish teen was arrested in Israel last Thursday in connection with the more than 150 bomb threats on Jewish Community Centers and other Jewish institutions in the U.S. and North America, it sent a shockwave through the Jewish community. It ran counter to the narrative many Jewish groups were pushing — that… Read More

Heads of JCC, Associated Address Bomb Threats in Video

In the wake of another round of bomb threats to Baltimore’s JCCs on Tuesday evening, Barak Hermann, CEO of the JCC of Greater Baltimore, and Marc Terrill, president of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, posted a video to YouTube to reassure the Jewish community. “The threats have been relentless,” Hermann said in the video. “They have… Read More

More Bomb Threats to Local JCCs Wednesday

Late Tuesday night, both the Owings Mills and Park Heights JCCs were the targets of yet another wave of bomb threats, this time via emails that also included shooting threats. The threats also affected JCCs in St. Louis, Omaha, Neb., Atlanta and Boulder, Colo., all of which have been the targets of previous threats as… Read More

You Should Know… Rabbi Dena Shaffer

Rabbi Dena Shaffer might tell you she was the poster child for the Reform movement. The 33-year-old native of Rochester, N.Y., grew up in the movement, attending Jewish summer camp and participating in the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) through her synagogue. Becoming a rabbi was in the cards for Shaffer from a… Read More

Maccabeats, Naturally 7 Come Together for MLK Performance

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and for the third year running the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts is putting on a celebration. This year, the much-loved Maccabeats, a Jewish a cappella group, will be performing with another well-known a cappella group, Naturally 7, for the first time. Last year, the two groups… Read More

Park Heights JCC Briefly Evacuated After Bomb Threat

The Park Heights JCC was briefly evacuated on Monday after a phoned-in bomb threat, which proved to be unfounded. The building was cleared after the phone call came in at 11:45 a.m. and was reopened shortly after 2 p.m., once the threat was found to be unsubstantiated. That same day, bomb threats were called in… Read More

A Gift from a Rabbi to a Raven

For as long as Rabbi Jessy Gross can remember, her dream has been to give the Baltimore Ravens a benediction before one of their home games at M&T Bank Stadium. Gross, senior director of Jewish learning and life at the JCC of Greater Baltimore, used to imagine sitting down with former Ravens great , known… 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