Howard County Federation Director Resigns

Michelle Ostroff (File photo)

Michelle Ostroff has resigned from her position as executive director of the Jewish Federation of Howard County, according to an email distributed to the community last week. Ostroff will officially step down at the end of July. “This decision was made so that I can spend more time with my family, as the demands of… Read More

You Should Know …
Alex VanNess


For more than a decade, Alex VanNess has been a proponent of positive dialogue about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Born and raised in Detroit, he ended up in Washington D.C., to practice political science at a lobbying firm. After working for a couple of congressmen, VanNess became the director of Middle East Peace and Security Policy… Read More

Incoming Arts Chair Prepares to Make Her Mark

Shelley Morhaim. (Photo provided)

Pikesville resident Shelley Morhaim is poised to make an impact on Maryland artists as the incoming chair of the Maryland State Arts Council, the organization that supports and promotes the arts across the state. Morhaim was appointed to the council by former governor Martin O’Malley in 2013 and re-appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan earlier this… Read More

A Shining Light

Editorial Director

This has certainly been a summer of transition for Jewish Baltimore, with departures of top officials at community institutions and area nonprofits. Earlier this month, the JT profiled Art Abramson, who stepped down in May after almost 26 years leading the Baltimore Jewish Council as its executive director. Two weeks later, we featured a cover… Read More

Associated Announces New Board, Celebrates Fundraising

Associated president Marc Terrill with Associated Women campaign chair Nina Rosenzwog (left) and Associated campaign chair Nancy Kohn Rabin. (Photos provided)

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore announced its new board and celebrated reaching its campaign goal at its annual meeting on June 22 at Beth Tfiloh Congregation. The organization reached its annual campaign goal of $30.6 million, and thanks to government funds, contributions from foundations and gifts for specific projects, The Associated raised $47… Read More

Modernizing Mental Health Dr. Steven Sharfstein reflects on his legacy at Sheppard Pratt


After a 30-year term at Sheppard Pratt, including 25 years as CEO, Dr. Steven Sharfstein retired on June 30, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and growth. Under Sharfstein’s watch, the Sheppard Pratt Health System maintained quality patient care as the organization underwent exponential growth, expanding its geographic footprint and treatment offerings and shifting to… Read More

Seasons’ Reasons: ‘It’ll Be Worth the Wait’


Summer has just arrived, but Seasons remains unchanged. The long-awaited New York-based kosher market has been preparing to open a store in Pikesville since as early as 2014, but it has not given an opening date. Seasons currently operates four stores in New York and one in Lakewood, N.J., and also plans to open stores… Read More

Groups Push for BWI-Israel Flights


There are roughly 350,000 Jews living within the Greater Washington and Baltimore regions, and within that number are many business leaders, politicians and diplomats who travel to Israel multiple times per year. With this in mind, Jewish community leaders have taken steps to bring a nonstop flight from Baltimore-Washington International Airport to Ben-Gurion International Airport… Read More

You Should Know … Ben Sigelman

Ben Sigelman (Photo by Melissa Gerr)

To Pikesville native Ben Sigelman, 25, a soccer ball isn’t just a piece of sports equipment to kick around on a field, it’s representative of the personal development — physical, intellectual and creative — that’s possible for a young person to attain and integrate into all areas of his or her life. Sigelman is deeply… Read More

Studying Abroad May Be Rewarding, But Is It Cheaper?


With the cost of college tuition rising faster than the rate of inflation, Shlomo Lifshitz says he knows the solution: study abroad. Specifically, study using the services of Lifshitz’s Lirom Global Education, founded to encourage study in Israel. “More and more people cannot afford to pay the cost of tuition, which I think is ridiculous,”… Read More