Jmore Staff


Hippodrome Theatre announces 2019/20 Broadway season

Ben Levi Ross as Evan Hansen and the company of the first North American tour of “Dear Evan Hansen” Photo by Matthew Murphy. 2018.

By Amanda Krotki

Tony Award-winners “Dear Evan Hansen” and “The Band’s Visit” are both on the 2019/20 Hippodrome Theatre season schedule, along with several classic crowd-pleasers. Ron Legler, president of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, announced the lineup for the 2019/20 Hippodrome Broadway Series on Jan. 17.

Cohen’s Clothiers to shut its doors after 115 years

Photo via Cohen’s Clothiers website

By Simone Ellin

For generations of Baltimore area bar mitzvah boys and their families, buying a suit for their special occasion at Cohen’s Clothiers has been part of that rite of passage.

But on Jan. 12, the family-owned Cockeysville retailer announced on its website and Facebook page it will close its doors after 115 years in business.

Hebrew Orphan Asylum to be repurposed as health care facility

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

By Alan Feiler

West Baltimore’s Hebrew Orphan Asylum building will be repurposed into a modern health care facility, announced the nonprofit preservation group Baltimore Heritage on Dec. 20.

Gilbert Sandler, the Bard of Jewish Baltimore, dies at 95

Gilbert Sandler and his iconic hat (sans bow tie), circa 1995. (Jmore file photo)

Gilbert Sandler — author, history columnist, folklorist, radio personality, advertising exec, journalist, city life advocate, raconteur, bon vivant and the great chronicler of Jewish Baltimore — passed away Dec. 19 after a lengthy illness.

He was 95 and would have turned 96 in early February.

Hazmat teams summoned to Beth El after ‘suspicious package’ may have caused several to become ill

Hazmat teams and other emergency personnel are currently investigating a suspicious package at Beth El Congregation. Photo by Solomon Swerling, Jmore.

By Simone Ellin

Baltimore County Fire Department officials announced that Hazardous Materials teams and emergency medical service personnel were dispatched to Beth El Congregation at 8101 Park Heights Ave. in Pikesville today, Dec. 17, at approximately 12:45 p.m.

Security to be Enhanced for Baltimore’s Jewish Community

Cantor Ben Ellerin, of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, plays guitar during a gathering hosted by the synagogue in support of people impacted by the fatal shootings at Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh. (Photo by Steve Ruark)

By Simone Ellin

As Baltimore Jewry joined other communities around the nation and world in mourning the tragic murders of 11 worshipers at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue on Oct. 27, Jmore spoke with Howard Libit, executive director of the Baltimore Jewish Council, about security measures being taken in our own Jewish community.