As a transplant from the Midwest, preparing the 100th anniversary issue of the JT has been a crash course in the history of Jewish Baltimore. The JT staff and I went through stacks of archives — bound books of old issues, no Googling — and spoke to longtime Baltimoreans to determine what to include to capture the arc of both the JT and the Jewish community.
We came up with a few novelties for this issue that we hope you will enjoy:
The Seen in this issue features Jewish celebrities from eras past with personal connections to Baltimore. (Side note: How did I not know the Warner Brothers were Jewish?)
In the Voices section, instead of opinions on the issues of today, there are opinions on some of the major issues of the day over the past 100 years. These opinion pieces from the JT archives offer a moving, honest, and in some cases maybe even unflattering reflection of the views of the Baltimore Jewish community over time. They show us how much the world has changed — and in some ways, how much it hasn’t — but certainly that there is a lot for which to give thanks: our safety, our freedom, our community, and so much more.
The cover story is a timeline voyaging through the history of Jewish Baltimore, thanks to the records of the Jewish Museum of Maryland, input from local experts, and research by our staff. There are a few more treats ahead, but I will let you be surprised, delighted, and entertained by what you’ll find.
Thank you, dear readers, for 100 years. I hope you enjoy this special issue. Shabbat Shalom. JT