Just In’ Time for Winter

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

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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.
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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

Whole Child Education

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Imagine a classroom transformed into a work of art. Now picture a hallway, several classrooms and stairwells. Vivid colors. Deep and intricate Torah concepts. Engaging design. You won’t have to go far to discover the fanciful. You’ll just have to travel up Smith Avenue to Bais Yaakov of Baltimore’s High School Exhibit Week. This year’s… Read More

Up For Sale

Will Reich, 73, owner of the Pikes Diner, is looking to retire from the business and is searching for a buyer for the landmark building on Reisterstown Road. According to Steven L. Cornblatt, principal of Trout Daniel & Associates, who is handling the sale, Reich is looking for either a buyer for the business or… Read More