You Should Know … Laurie Rosen

Laurie Rosen, a Baltimore native and part-time financial loan consultant at her father’s company, HFS Financial, is one of the newest community connectors through the Macks Center for Jewish Education. Rosen is tasked with providing opportunities for members of the community to connect with peers through various Jewish programs and activities “to cultivate and deepen… Read More

Something Old, Something New Jewish Museum of Maryland exhibit tracks evolution of Jewish marriage

A cake topper with a groom wearing a kippah. A chuppah made, in part, with a grandmother’s lace. The gold wedding dress of a divorcee. A lease to a bride’s father for a wedding reception venue at The Alcazar in Baltimore in 1929. These and other items are on display at the newly opened “Just Married!”… Read More

You Should Know… Joseph Zajdel

Joseph Zajdel has been around Baltimore all his life, and he understands there are a lot of needs in the city. Zajdel, 37, grew up in Randallstown, attended Pikesville High School and lives in Stevenson with his wife, Lisa, and son, Bradley. He graduated from Towson University in 2002 with degrees in psychology and business… Read More

You Should Know… Gabriel Pickus

Gabriel Pickus wears many hats: He is a percussionist, a martial artist, a healing touch practitioner, an organizer of Olam Ubuntu and the founder of the Baltimore Wisdom Project. A Chicago native, Pickus lived on a kvutzah in Israel for nine months following high school, during which time he led coexistence outreach in developing Jewish… Read More

You Should Know… Josh Rosenstein

“Farm-to-table” is something of a buzz phrase these days, but Josh Rosenstein is a true believer. Rosenstein, 41, launched Edible Eden, a sustainable business that creates edible landscapes and organic gardens in and around Baltimore to connect people back to their food source, in 2014. Even among his landscapes and gardens, Rosenstein tries to stick… Read More

Gordon Center’s Benesch Returning to Center Stage

Randi Benesch will be leaving her post as senior managing director of arts and culture at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts on June 16. Over the past five years, she and her team at the JCC have further cemented the Gordon as an institution by attracting larger audiences with new arts programming and top-notch… Read More

You Should Know… Sarah Elkins

Sarah Elkins, 32, has a tough job — she’s a public defender in Baltimore, a lawyer appointed to represent people accused of a crime who couldn’t otherwise afford one. A Detroit native, Elkins graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in women’s studies and followed up with law school at Michigan State. After a… Read More

‘Austerlitz’ Questions Holocaust Tourism

To call Sergei Loznitsa’s 2016 film “Austerlitz” self-reflexive would be an understatement. Self-reflexive of filmmaker Loznitsa and his quest for understanding of a painful subject, yes, but also of us, the audience, the observers. The watchers. For “Austerlitz,” above all, is about us. About watching ourselves. Watching ourselves as tourists, hordes of logo-T- shirted and… Read More