You Should Know … Amy Bree Becker


“I think I’ve always been interested in political engagement and young people in particular,” said Amy Bree Becker, 38, in reference to her indomitable passion for the intersection between politics and popular culture. Often focusing her incisive analysis on how comedy — specifically that in the realm of satire via cinema and such television shows… Read More

The Challenges for Greek Jews Coming to Baltimore Post-Holocaust

Baltimore’s Greek Jewish community is a tight-knit one. Bottom row, from left: Louis Yohanas, Marla Yohanas, Soulamith Yohanas, Josephine Velelli Becker, Tilda Koulias Trattner, Esther Koulias Rauseo, Connie Velelli, Rachel Velelli Glaser, Jeannette Carasso Katzen and Lonnie Katzen. Top row, from left: Isaac Yohahas, Marcia Salis, Joe Salis, Steve Rauseo, Victor Velelli and Rick Glaser. (Provided)

In the immediate post-World War II years, the United States saw a massive influx of refugees from war-torn European nations. While typically the Jewish community looks to the European theater when addressing WWII, fewer are aware of the chaotic conditions in Greece at the time. When the Greco-Italian War started in 1940, beginning the Balkan… Read More

Good for Democracy

Editorial Director

With practically all the attention surrounding the 2016 elections going to the two presidential candidates and their contest’s seemingly improbable race to the bottom, you’d be forgiven for thinking that theirs was the only matchup that mattered. But the JT hasn’t forgotten that while the race to the White House is unquestionably important, there are… Read More

Local Survivor, Doctor Spread Awareness of Breast Cancer Genes

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When a routine mammogram revealed she had early- stage breast cancer three years ago, Nisa Felps wondered about treatment. The Baltimore resident opted to have a bilateral mastectomy to remove both her breasts to rid herself of the cancer after consulting with a breast surgeon. “After I came through it, I felt this overwhelming sense… Read More

A Bipartisan Battle Contested District 1 race could mean first Republican city councilman in more than 70 years


On an overcast October morning on East Bank Street in Southeast Baltimore, Zeke Cohen and U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, clad in suits, were preparing to canvas as Election Day draws closer. Cohen, 30, a Canton resident, has enlisted the muscle of prominent Democratic politicians with strong Baltimore ties such as Cardin in his pursuit to… Read More

Howard County Names Interim Sheriff


Don Knott, a lieutenant in the Howard County Sherriff’s Office, was named interim sheriff on Monday following the resignation of Sheriff James Fitzgerald, whose alleged anti-Semitic, racist and misogynistic remarks were detailed in a September report, county spokesman Andy Barth said. Knott has more than 43 years of experience in state law enforcement. Fitzgerald, a… Read More

Persistence of Vision Hometown hero Jason Michael Berman overcomes with ‘The Birth of a Nation’

Jason Michael Berman (Photo provided)

Malcolm Gladwell dedicates a rather lengthy portion of his New York Times bestselling 2013 book, “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants” — detailing how great adversity often leads to even greater success — to the irrepressibly contrarian notion that certain learning differences, such as dyslexia, may actually make for a more… Read More


Muriel and Arthur Shefrin (Provided)

Muriel and Arthur Shefrin celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Oct. 6. They have two daughters and two grandsons and have lived in Baltimore County for 46 years after moving from New York.

Shekarchi — Foreman

Shekarchi — Foreman

With great joy, Will Foreman and Beanie Dubrov announce the marriage of their daughter, Lisa Dubrov Foreman, to Thomas William Shekarchi, son of Michelle and John Shekarchi. Lisa’s attendants included her dog, Ivy, Robyn Dubrov Foreman Sagatov, Carleigh Benton, Nicki Bylsma, Akhila Iruku, Gwen Kidera, Somya Swama and Kelsey Young, Jessi, Amanda, and Julia Shekarchi…. Read More

You Should Know … David BenMoshe


When David BenMoshe was sentenced to a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence in 2010 for selling guns and drugs to an undercover police officer multiple times, he knew his life was a mess. Now 29, the Frederick native has rebuilt his life — part of which included finding Judaism while in prison — since being released from… Read More