YSK_MichaelHantganjpg

You Should Know… Michael Hantgan

Michael Hantgan, 29, has always felt a pull toward helping his community wherever and however he can. Originally from Owings Mills and currently a resident of Mount Washington, Hantgan has operated for the last year as the YL Chapter president (Young Leadership division for ages 21 to 40) for the Baltimore region of the FIDF… Read More

Josh Kowitz. (Mathew Klickstein)

D’oh Nuts! Local doughnut pop-up opens Hampden brick-and-mortar store

Reisterstown native and resident Josh Kowitz, 34, calls out to one of his employees in the kitchen to use only a little bit of strawberry extract … “and a little bit of pink food coloring.” It’s Thursday, Jan. 12, the first day of business for Kowitz and his Hampden-based doughnut shop, Center Cut Doughnuts. “Add… Read More

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

The Need for Unity

Jewish institutions up and down the Eastern Seaboard are being targeted, with vandalism reported in Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania and our own Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore in Park Heights one of 16 JCCs nationwide to receive a bomb threat last week. Investigators, according to the Jewish Federations of North America’s Secure Community… Read More

MLK

Jewish and Muslim Groups Host MLK Interfaith Event

To Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, the Baltimore Jewish Council, Repair the World and the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore held an interfaith event discussing the civil rights movements and ways to continue that legacy. The group of about 40 participants gathered in stocking feet at the MCCCB, with those older… Read More

Sam Barsky sports a home-made sweater at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. (Provided)

Gone Viral? No Sweat, Just Sweaters

Sam Barsky is easily recognizable by his hand-knit sweaters that depict themes ranging from nature scenery to Jewish holidays to well-known landmarks and tourist destinations. Earlier this month, Barsky reached new levels of fame that put him in the international spotlight. A post on the website Imgur, self-described as “the best place to share and… Read More

Juliya Sheynman (Screenshot Provided)

Suburban Orthodox Hires New Executive Director

Suburban Orthodox Congregation Toras Chaim recently announced the appointment of its new executive director, Juliya Sheynman, who will officially join the congregation on Jan. 25. Born in Minsk, Belarus, Sheynman earned her degree in mass media communications from the University of Washington. She recently completed the Brandeis Jewish Leadership Incubator program at Brandeis University, a… Read More

(Provided)

Could It Be Magic? The Transformative Power of Sleepaway Camp

Renowned child psychologist Michael Thompson, author of “Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow,” has written that there are three reasons that the residential camp experience remains so magical: being away from one’s parents; the relationship between campers and counselors; and inhabiting a camp’s “private world with its own… Read More

Merritt Clubs: Towson. (Merritt Clubs)

A Dip in the Pool

Despite January’s chill, now is a good time to start considering which swim camps and clubs might be best for your child or children. Padonia Park Club, 12006 Jenifer Road, Cockeysville Padonia Park Club CEO Kathy Angstadt reports that her location offers six pools. “Three of which are in our ‘children’s zone,’” Angstadt said. This… Read More

POLL OF THE WEEK

Do you think that incoming President Donald Trump’s historic low approval numbers will negatively affect his ability to govern?