From Bowie to Santa Rosa, Winemaker Jeff Cohn Learned His Trade in Baltimore County

Winemaker Jeff Cohn started life in the planned community of Levittown, N.Y. When he was 8, his family moved to another Levitt community, in Bowie, Md. And while he may have grown up in manicured, intentional places where every other house looked the same, his life since then has been full of moving and changing… Read More

‘Chocolate Croissants’ Inspires Through Conversation

“I’ve gained so much more of a meaningful education from the podcasts I listen to than I have from eight years of higher education.” While this might sound like an exaggeration, there is no mistaking the look on Jordan Goodman’s face. He means it. And that’s saying a lot. Goodman, an Owings Mills native, is… Read More

You Should Know… Mike Leavey

Mike Leavey’s life is filled with magic. A fourth-grade math and science teacher at Woodholme Elementary School, Leavey thoroughly enjoys performing magic tricks for his students. He can make objects appear and disappear and uses magic mainstays such as card throwing, plate spinning and juggling to explain scientific concepts. Leavey, 41, always had visions of… Read More

Creative Alliance, B’nai Israel Kick Off New Sacred Music Series

When one thinks of sacred music, cantorial music or gospel might come to mind. But black Moroccans playing Jewish music from Africa? That’s exactly what will kick off a new sacred music series presented by B’nai Israel and Creative Alliance on Saturday, Oct. 21. “Innov Gnawa – Sebitiyin: The Jewish Songs of Gnawa” is the… Read More

Memoir Details Young Author’s Year in Israel

One barely has to read past the first paragraph of “Culture Shock,” a memoir by Pikesville native Elana Rubin, to know that the story will follow an American middle-school-aged girl on her way to live in Israel for 12 months. What might surprise some is how recently the author’s trip took place. The essays in… Read More

Nirenberg Brings Brazilian Flavor to Baltimore

Jazz saxophonist Michel Nirenberg is a proud Brazilian but recognizes his deep Jewish roots. “I have a sense of belonging as a carioca — as someone from Rio [de Janeiro] — and as a Jewish carioca,” he said. Nirenberg’s sense of identity is probably most apparent, musically, in the song “Nirenberg in the Shtetl.” The… Read More

Baltimore’s ‘Rockin’ Rabbi’ Remembers Meeting Tom Petty in Israel

Thirty years ago, Baltimore resident Avraham Rosenblum found himself standing at the Western Wall explaining to Tom Petty that it was the holiest place in Judaism, and that the foundation stone below the Dome of the Rock is considered the foundation stone of the universe. “That’s a pretty wild rock,” Petty said as he walked… Read More

‘Curb’ Returns to New Comedy Era With Same Old Schtick

Four years ago, Susie Essman, known for her role as volatile Susie Greene on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” told Philadelphia’s Jewish Exponent, an affiliated publication of the Baltimore Jewish Times, she “would do another season in a heartbeat.” The HBO smash went on an indefinite hiatus in 2011 after eight seasons, banking on its no-hold-back attitude… Read More

Why Obama’s Former Speechwriter Calls Him the Most Jewish President Ever

He was just 24, but speechwriter David Litt had already become President Barack Obama’s go-to guy for anything considered “kishke-related.” In Litt’s parlance, that meant he wrote the president’s speeches aiming to connect with Jewish Americans on a gut level — things like holiday and anniversary commemorations, but not, say, Israel or foreign policy. That… Read More

You Should Know… Meghann Schwartz

Meghann Schwartz, 33, always knew she wanted a career in the Jewish community. The Brookeville resident and mother of four kids, ranging in age from 20 months to 8 years, is associate director of the Jewish Federation of Howard County. With master’s degrees in Jewish communal service and nonprofit management from Baltimore Hebrew University and… Read More