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

Chicken Soup for the Gold

A happy group of Cook-Off participants (Provided)

The Jewish Museum of Maryland served up something piping hot and tasty on Sunday, Oct. 9. In association with its immersive “Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America” exhibit exploring the intersection of medicine and Jewish tradition/culture that began in March and runs until January, the museum held the first-ever Great Chicken Soup Cook-Off… Read More

Common Ground

Editorial Director

Sukkot is my favorite holiday, and let me tell you, it couldn’t come at a better time. That’s odd for an admitted political junkie to say, I know, but after the revelations late last week in the presidential race — for those in the know, they were the vilest to date — I’ll be enjoying… Read More

Hogan, Back from Israel, Sees Promise for Partnerships

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said one result of his trip is a five-year extension of the collaboration between the University of Maryland, Baltimore and Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (Daniel Schere)

A state trade mission to a foreign country rarely results in an iconic image. But Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan achieved just that during a weeklong visit to Israel last month. A photo of Hogan, a green kippa on his head, eyes closed in prayer at the Western Wall, made the rounds on social media and… Read More

A Failure of Leadership Parshat Haazinu

This is one of the shorter sections of the Torah, and it is made up almost entirely of a breathtaking and chastening poem. The term “awesome” tends to be overused today, but this poem is truly awesome.  Unfortunately, the power of the Hebrew rhythm and poetic style is lost in the English translation, but we… Read More