‘My Shtetl Baltimore’ A Historical Window into Growth of Orthodox Community

In the opening of his just-released memoir, “My Shtetl Baltimore: Stories and Recollections By a Native Son,” Eli W. Schlossberg defends his use of the word shtetl in his title — a word that conjures images of Eastern European Jewish villages, where little boys in knickers and forelocks played among close-set whitewashed cottages. “Do real… Read More

Manhattan’s Only Vineyard Is Run by This 89-Year-Old Iraqi Jew

NEW YORK — Latif Jiji looks over this year’s crop at Chateau Latif with an expression of satisfaction. If you’ve never heard of Chateau Latif, you’re not alone. In fact, your favorite sommelier probably hasn’t heard of it, either. It’s not from the south of France, nor is it from Napa Valley. Rather, it’s terroir… Read More

You Should Know… Rayut Berkowitz

For Rayut Berkowitz, the decision to leave her native Pikesville for  a nine-month stint in Israel didn’t spur any creeping doubts, even as she boarded the Tel Aviv-bound plane on Monday. “This is something I’ve wanted to do since the end of middle school,” she said. “I have a feeling that this will be a year… Read More

Hamilton’s Vision Inspires Ellen Katz’s Musical Edu-tainment

Ellen Katz cuts quite the dashing figure in her slim-fitting breeches, waist coat, frock, cravat and knee-high boots. But you won’t see her sporting her 18th-century attire at the Quarry Café, down the hill from her home in The Bluffs at Quarry Lake. No, Katz is saving that look for her first-ever “The Best of… Read More

A Look at the Jewish Justices at the Highest Court

“Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: From Brandeis to Kagan”  by David Dalin, Waltham, Mass.: Brandeis University Press, 2017. 384 pages. $35. Who was the first president with the courage to nominate a Jew for a Supreme Court vacancy? And who was the potential nominee? Well-educated Jewish Americans would reply that it was President Woodrow… Read More

You Should Know… Shevy Rosendorff Ashman

Shevy Rosendorff Ashman couldn’t wait any longer to follow her dream, even if that meant taking a calculated gamble. Laid off from her 9-to-5 job of more than 10 years in the summer of 2015, the divorced mother of two decided to earn her real estate license. “It was either living on the street or… Read More

Wunderkind Producer Records Girls’ ‘Step’ to College

Most Jewish children these days are taught the principle of healing the world. Amanda Lipitz was inculcated at a young age at the dining-room table. “My mom started a domestic violence program in Baltimore for Jewish women because she knew that they weren’t going to the safe house because it wasn’t kosher,” the New York-based… Read More

You Should Know… Zach Silverberg

Life after football can be overwhelming to some, especially to the pros who can get used to rock-star-like celebrity. Zach Silverberg, 25, of Reisterstown understands this but seems to be adjusting well after a one-year stint in the German Football League 2. Once a top talent at Franklin High School, Silverberg played collegiately at Coastal… Read More

Glick’s Picks for Summer Reading includes Books of Jewish Interest

The Baltimore County Public Schools website has been offering summer reading recommendations all summer in a column called “Glick’s Picks” from BCPS’s coordinator of library media Fran Glick. While “Glick’s Picks” is a diverse collection touching on a wide range of subjects and points of view, there are two selections that may be of particular… Read More