Lighten Up

Karen James of JCS says light and stress-relieving therapies are keys in helping to fend off SAD.
David Stuck

Thanksgiving and Chanukah have just passed, the days are still short, and it often seems as if the sun is on sabbatical. That can make even the cheeriest person slow down and want to sleep a little more. But for some people, the lack of sunlight during fall and winter can lead to feeling seriously… Read More

Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow

Professor Ernst Borinski, a refugee from 
Germany,  taught social sciences at Tougaloo College (Miss.) for 36 years. 
Courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

National Museum of American Jewish History CEO Ivy Barsky said it’s not often that there is a Holocaust story with a happy ending. But that is exactly what will be on display for the next six months at the Philadelphia museum’s latest exhibit, “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars At Black Colleges.” The… Read More

A Poet, And He Knows It

Dr. Morris Roseman always has enjoyed observing events and recording his thoughts about them through poetry. 
Photo by Justin Tsucalas

Over the course of his 93 years, Dr. Morris Roseman has observed situations and gone through experiences that sparked him to sum up what he’s seen or felt via poetry. However, it was only three years ago that Roseman, a retired clinical psychologist, decided that compiling his vast array of poems would make for one… Read More

The Prince


Educators and clergy at Beth El Congregation are gearing up for a visit from a very special guest. In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the synagogue will host the Prince of Kosher Gospel, Joshua Nelson, and his five-piece band for a concert on Saturday, Jan. 19.  Nelson, an African-American and a Jew, has… Read More

Everyman Goes West

A fresh, new Everyman Theatre, says Vincent M. Lancisi, has added to the vibrancy of the city’s Westside neighborhood.

On the day after he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Catholic University in 1988, Vincent M. Lancisi moved to Baltimore to start Everyman Theatre. “I knew I wanted to start a small regional theater with a company of actors who lived in the community. I feel that actors shouldn’t have to go… Read More

Just In’ Time for Winter

Justin Berk and son Brandon developed an app that teaches kids about the weather.
 Photo Provided

Justin Berk has gained a considerable following during his more than a decade as a meteorologist in the Baltimore region. That following has grown in recent years, as Berk quickly learned how to reach out to an ever-expanding audience via social media. It was the desire to explore social- media opportunities more that eventually led… Read More

Step Back

Jacobs, Meredith_BW

I remember writing my essay for Haverford College on New Year’s Day. I don’t remember writing the essays for the other schools, but I remember, very clearly, sitting on my bedroom floor with my back pressed against the footboard of my bed and writing about New Year’s. I don’t remember exactly what I wrote, but… Read More

Got Culture?

Randi Benesch is stepping up the arts and culture experience at the JCC.

Randi Benesch’s enthusiasm is contagious. The JCC’s new managing director of arts and culture has big plans for strengthening and expanding the institution’s presence as a leading venue for the area. With a resume that includes experience as a performer, arts administrator, program director and development professional, combined with a love for the Jewish community… Read More

Ahavas Yisrael

Rivka Malka Perlman 
will speak at this year’s Ahavas Yisrael event.
Photo David Stuck

What does it mean to love a fellow Jew? What does it mean to love oneself? These are questions that close to 500 women will learn to answer later this month at the third annual Ahavas Yisrael Chabura Project event. It will take place Jan. 13 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and focus on “Ahavas… Read More

Entering The Fold

SherriJoyce King (center) and Hussein Amin have raised daughters Sara (right) and Maggie to respect 
both their Jewish and their Muslim heritages.

Alix Coughlin has stressed the importance of a Jewish upbringing to her three young boys. Her two older children attend a Jewish preschool, the family attends services at Beth El Congregation and celebrates the Jewish holidays with her parents and extended family. Coughlin maintains a strong Jewish connection for her family, in spite of being… Read More