You Should Know … Jason Gershowitz

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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

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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

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Erik ‘Egg’ Berlin

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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

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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

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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

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Madeline Suggs

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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

Summertime and the Livin’ is Kosher

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Ah … summertime is officially here. And so is reading outdoors in the shade. And what is my favorite read? Cooking magazines, of course! I get many, but my favorite is Joy of Kosher by Jamie Geller.  Other magazines present a challenge to turn nonkosher recipes into kosher ones, but this is summertime, and I… Read More

You Should Know …
Alex VanNess

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For more than a decade, Alex VanNess has been a proponent of positive dialogue about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Born and raised in Detroit, he ended up in Washington D.C., to practice political science at a lobbying firm. After working for a couple of congressmen, VanNess became the director of Middle East Peace and Security Policy… Read More

You Should Know … Ben Sigelman

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To Pikesville native Ben Sigelman, 25, a soccer ball isn’t just a piece of sports equipment to kick around on a field, it’s representative of the personal development — physical, intellectual and creative — that’s possible for a young person to attain and integrate into all areas of his or her life. Sigelman is deeply… Read More