Randi Leshin (Photo by Justin Katz)

You Should Know: Randi Leshin

Randi Leshin, owner of the All About U! salon in Savage, has deep roots in Howard County. The 29-year-old Columbia native went to Graham Webb Academy, a cosmetology school in Arlington, after graduating from Atholton High School. Much of her extended family lives in Howard County. With nine years of experience as a stylist and… Read More

Rabbi Velvel Belinsky testifies at a Baltimore County Board of Appeals hearing. (Marc Shapiro)

Second Round of Chabad Hearings Begins

The battle over a Chabad synagogue proposed to be built in a residential neighborhood in Pikesville has entered a second series of hearings at the Baltimore County Board of Appeals. The decision by an administrative law judge, who heard the case over the course of eight hearings between June and November 2015, was appealed, and… Read More

Editor-in-Chief

True Friends

According to many, the United States, perhaps Israel’s best friend in the world, is justified by virtue of its friendship when it publicly calls the Jewish state to account for its civilian presence and military activities in Judea and Samaria, areas presumed to be a part of a future Palestinian state. Serious reflection, however, will… Read More

Ellen Heller (Provided)

JHU Bestows Highest Honor on Power Couple

When members of John Hopkins University’s class of 2016 walked across the stage at Royal Farms Arena on Wednesday to receive their degrees, there were eight others there receiving honorary doctorates for being leaders and innovators in their fields. Among those eight was a husband and wife who have left long-lasting impacts on the criminal… Read More

David J. Cohen

The Shidduch Detective: On the Trail for Down the Aisle

Though he stands an imposing 6 feet, 4 inches, astonishingly, there is something very unassuming about David J. Cohen’s presence. Perhaps it’s this combination, with his boyish grin and understated manner, that plays to his benefit, because for the past 20 years he’s surreptitiously, yet doggedly, investigated, conducted surveillance and performed background checks for high-profile,… Read More

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Celebrating Israeli Independence

Organizations around the region celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, in a variety of ways. At Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 250 adults and children celebrated by participating in Israeli dancing (top right), engaging in various arts and crafts (center left) and learning about “Aladdin,” the resident camel for the day. In Howard County (center right), Rabbi… Read More

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The Associated: Always There When You Need Us

Throughout this past year, as campaign chairs, we saw firsthand how Associated funds are used to benefit our community. But nothing was as powerful as the words and thank you’s from individuals whose lives we changed. For almost 100 years, The Associated has been part of the fabric of our community, assisting Jewish Baltimore through… Read More

Members of the Tzav Pius team for 13-year-olds sing the team anthem following a practice.
(Ben Sales)

Kids’ Soccer Leagues Aim to Bridge Israel’s Religious Divide

PARDES HANNA, Israel — When Yoel decided, at age 8, to begin observing Shabbat, there was one problem: It meant he couldn’t join most of Israel’s youth soccer teams, which played games on Saturday. Yoel, now 12, has always lived in the increasingly large gray area between Israel’s starkly divided religious and secular Jewish societies…. Read More

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