You Should Know… Hanah Tanenholtz

The desire to “experience something different” encouraged Hanah Tanenholtz to leave her comfort zone and settle halfway around the world for the summer. “I knew it would be life changing,” she said. The Howard County native was one of 24 young adults to participate in Baltimore Onward Israel, an eight-week summer internship program based in… Read More

Israeli Dancing Captures Essence of Jewish State

Echoing through Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School’s sleek-tiled hallway on Wednesday nights around 9 o’clock is an eclectic mixture of music. Notes of samba, the sounds of Greek bouzoukis, Arabic and Hebrew singing and Russian melodies carom down the hall, mingling together to give rhythm to, of all things, Israeli dance. The nine dancers of… Read More

You Should Know… Gabriel Stuart-Sikowitz

Gabriel Stuart-Sikowitz has always wanted to make a positive impact in the lives of others, citing tikkun olam as his source of motivation. In Baltimore City, Stuart-Sikowitz, 26, of Federal Hill applies that Jewish principle as chief of staff for Councilwoman Shannon Sneed (D-District 13),who was elected to her seat last November. “I always try… Read More

You Should Know… Alex Trakhtman

Although he confesses to being a workaholic, Alex Trakhtman doesn’t see that as a negative. Quite the contrary, the 31-year-old home builder has been working, happily, since the age of 12 and attributes his work ethic to the entrepreneurial roots fostered by his close-knit Ukrainian family. Born in the Republic of Moldova, close to the… Read More

Atara Foods: Restoring Glory to Hindquarter Meat

Yaakov Levi is fixated on working his way to the top of the food chain in Charm City. The Israeli native, who was introduced to the glatt-kosher meat industry by his father, quickly became an integral part of the family business at 8 years old. From a humble beginning, where he worked in the slaughterhouse… Read More

Larry David and Bernie Sanders are Cousins, Naturally

If you thought Sen. Bernie Sanders and Larry David were twins, or at least brothers, you’re not far off. Turns out they’re cousins. David, the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star, revealed he was “a third cousin or something” with the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate during a press tour to promote the new season of his irreverently… Read More

You Should Know… Taylor Gonzalez

Taylor Gonzalez refuses to be a bystander in life — being in on the action is just too rewarding. “I always want to challenge myself,” Gonzalez said. “The bare minimum is never good enough for me.” The 28-year-old completed her undergraduate studies at Florida State University, where she obtained bachelor’s degrees in religion and international… Read More

You Should Know… Alyssa Geller

The energetic and involved Alyssa Geller, communications  manager at Beth El Congregation, hails from Columbus, Ohio by way of Long Island, where she was born. The 29-year-old is a graduate of  the University of Wisconsin- Madison, where she majored in communications because she wanted to apply her creative side to her work. “I’ve  always been… Read More

‘Constructive Fictions’ Takes on Freundel Scandal

A modern-day morality play, set in Washington’s Jewish community is sure to ruffle some feathers and get people talking again about the notorious “Peeping Tom” rabbi, Barry Freundel, who is serving a six-and-a-half year sentence for secretly filming 52 women in the bathroom of a ritual bath. “Constructive Fictions,” a world premiere by local playwright… Read More