You Should Know… Jake Max

Jake Max had a revelation after graduating from Emory University in 2016 with a bachelor’s in business. While he was applying to banks and consultancies and other institutions, he took a good look at the world. “And I didn’t like what I saw,” he said. “So I figured I am lucky enough that my parents… Read More

You Should Know… Gabe Davidson

Gabe Davidson has an inherent drive for social justice causes. He is always on the move and rarely has time for himself. “I don’t think I’ve ever been able to sit around and do nothing for too long,” Davidson said. “There’s always more to do.” The 24-year-old completed his undergraduate studies at the College of… Read More

You Should Know… Sivan Fagan

To experience the energy, sparkle and drive of Sivan Fagan, all you have to do is strike up a conversation. The 30-year-old who moved to Baltimore from Israel 10 years ago has launched a successful career as a personal trainer and fitness, strength and nutrition coach since graduating from Towson University in 2015 with a… Read More

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

You Should Know… Kelly Toledano

Kelly Toledano is proud of her Jewish heritage. Like many observant tribe members, the 26-year-old Owings Mills resident regularly celebrates Shabbat, keeps kosher and attends synagogue. But growing up in France, Toledano felt she had to hide her religious identity, at least in public circles, because of what she felt was a growing number of… 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