You Should Know … Ellie Brown

Ellie Brown (photo by Marc Shapiro)

By morning, she’s playing with and teaching toddlers at the Downtown Baltimore JCC, and by night, she’s hosting Charm City Tribe happy hours and events. “Downtown” Ellie Brown, as her JCC co-workers appropriately call her, helps keep the city’s Jewish community connected as the JCC’s downtown program manager. The 26-year-old Westchester, Pa., native’s Judaism took… Read More

Celebrating Shavuot … and More

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Shavuot is a two-day holiday that celebrates the giving of the Torah. Dairy foods are often eaten because when receiving the Torah, the Jewish people could not cook meat in pots that had not yet been kashered. Honey and fresh fruits are served because learning the Torah is equated with much sweetness. It is said… Read More

You Should Know … Dan Samuels

Dan Samuels (Photo by Adam Barry)

Since 2006, Dan Samuels has been working behind the scenes and on stage to enrich the Baltimore music scene. The 28-year-old Bucks County, Pa., native provides the drums for local bands Brooks Long and the Mad Dog No Good, J Pope and Funk Friday and the Bumper Jacksons. Samuels also works as an organizer for… Read More

You Should Know … Shlomo Bolts

Shlomo Bolts (Photo by David Stuck)

For nearly a decade, Shlomo Bolts, 27, has been an activist for human rights and against war atrocities as well as a proponent of Jewish-Arab dialogue. Born in New Jersey and raised Orthodox Jewish in Miami, he attended Jewish day school. He became involved in Middle East issues at Columbia University, where he majored in… Read More

Start Your Summer with Yummy, Healthy Foods

(David Stuck)

Memorial Day weekend truly announces the beginning of everything summer. Juicy redberries and blueberries march out in time for our patriotic red, white and blue summer holidays. Of all the berries looking for attention, those blackberries call out to me the most.  They are simple, dark and juicy, and you can eat them, cook or… Read More

You Should Know … Eric McCormick

Eric McCormick (Provided)

Columbia resident Eric McCormick runs Critter’s Inflatable, which makes life jackets for our four-legged friends. His dad started the company eight years ago after getting a patent and turned the business over to his son last year. McCormick, 35, grew up in Bowie and Severna Park, attended Temple Solel in Bowie and became involved in… Read More

Kids’ Soccer Leagues Aim to Bridge Israel’s Religious Divide

Members of the Tzav Pius team for 13-year-olds sing the team anthem following a practice.
(Ben Sales)

PARDES HANNA, Israel — When Yoel decided, at age 8, to begin observing Shabbat, there was one problem: It meant he couldn’t join most of Israel’s youth soccer teams, which played games on Saturday. Yoel, now 12, has always lived in the increasingly large gray area between Israel’s starkly divided religious and secular Jewish societies…. Read More

You Should Know: Randi Leshin

Randi Leshin (Photo by Justin Katz)

Randi Leshin, owner of the All About U! salon in Savage, has deep roots in Howard County. The 29-year-old Columbia native went to Graham Webb Academy, a cosmetology school in Arlington, after graduating from Atholton High School. Much of her extended family lives in Howard County. With nine years of experience as a stylist and… Read More

You Should Know: Ross Lewin

Ross Lewin (Photo courtesy of Ross Lewin)

Ross Lewin uses photography to pursue both his professional and personal ambitions. The 27-year-old Columbia native abandoned a marketing career to follow his passion behind the camera. As a photographer, Lewin shoots portraits as well as sports teams. And he founded Cameras for Cancer, a non-profit that channels funds to research and pays cancer patients’… Read More

The Holocaust’s Youngest Survivors

Holocaust survivors (from left) Eva Clarke, Mark Olsky and Hana Berger Moran were on hand during the annual Days of Remembrance ceremony held in the U.S. Capitol on May 5. (Photo by Daniel Schere)

Hana Berger Moran, Mark Olsky and Eva Clarke, all 71, have more in common than just their age. They were all born in or on their way to Nazi concentration camps, making them among the youngest survivors of the Holocaust. The three are also subjects of the book “Born Survivors,” by British writer Wendy Holden…. Read More