You Should Know … Joseph Levin-Manning


Joseph Levin-Manning, 26, is not your average Jewish boy. Adopted into a non-Jewish family at a young age, he did not even know that he had Jewish roots until he  decided to investigate. As a “gay Jewish man of color,” Levin-Manning got into community engagement and service because he was in a unique position to… Read More

Gene Wilder ‘One of the Truly Great Talents of Our Time’


Gene Wilder, whose likeness became synonymous with the energetic and mysterious chocolatier Willy Wonka, died on Monday in his Stamford, Conn., home of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, according to a widely reported statement from Wilder’s nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman. He was 83. Beyond the movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Wilder… Read More

You Should Know … Jennifer Naiman


A well-known member of the local Jewish community,  Jennifer Naiman, 26, is using her role as an educator to eradicate common assumptions about dyslexia and alternative methods of teaching. Though she was not raised particularly observant, Naiman was inspired to join the modern Orthodox movement by her tenure as a student at Beth Tfiloh Dahan… Read More

You Should Know … Jason Gershowitz


Baltimorean Jason Gershowitz started a business based on the idea that cold-brewing coffee makes the depth of flavor far more accessible. Coffee Counselor treats coffee almost like wine — there are different origins, different beans and different blends. By using the same process to cold-brew beans of different origins, a broad range of flavors is… Read More

You Should Know … Justin Levy

Justin Levy (Photo by Daniel Nozick)

Justin Levy, 31, is a well-known name in the music scene around Towson. From high school through his post-graduate career, he has been teaching percussion and piano throughout the local community. He was playing drums by age 10, and by age 14, he had picked up the piano and was performing with live bands. By… Read More

You Should Know …
Erik ‘Egg’ Berlin


Chef Erik “Egg” Berlin has been making his mark on the world of cooking, eschewing a restaurant-oriented career in favor of teaching the culinary fundamentals. After graduating from culinary school at Anne Arundel Community College and receiving a degree in hospitality and business management from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Chef Egg served various… Read More

You Should Know … Rachel Nusbaum


Rachel Nusbaum calls herself an “internal journalist.” As a communications specialist for HIAS — formerly known as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society — the Long Island native writes blog posts and works with the media. Nusbaum, 29, writes frequently about on HIAS’s work protecting and advocating for refugees around the globe. We caught up with… Read More

Meet the Orthodox ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Training To Be a Rabbi

Akiva Neuman, an Orthodox Jew who is studying to be a rabbi, competes in the Philadelphia qualifying round of “American Ninja Warrior.” (Ninja Warrior: Mitchell Leff/NBC; Family: Emuni Z.)

Like his fellow competitors on “American Ninja Warrior,” 25-year-old Akiva Neuman pushed himself to his physical limits — climbing, jumping and running through an intense obstacle course — in the hopes of making it to the national finals in Las Vegas. But unlike the dozens of athletes who competed with him at the Philadelphia qualifiers,… Read More

You Should Know …
David Narrow


At 26, David Narrow is already the CEO of his own biomedical engineering company, Sonavex, Inc., which is creating massive waves in the world of medicine with unique applications of ultrasound technology. Originally from Owings Mills, Narrow grew up as a member of Temple Emanuel in Reisterstown, even working as a madrich in the religious… Read More

You Should Know …
Madeline Suggs


Madeline Suggs, 25, serves as the director of public affairs for the Baltimore Jewish Council, where she has been for the past two years. During that time she has facilitated a number of interfaith and interracial events with the Jewish community, a hallmark achievement for which she received the honor of being named one of… Read More