You Should Know … Mandee Heinl

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Mandee Heinl was always  interested in politics. As a senior at Pikesville High School in 2007, she interned for Del. Jon Cardin after hearing him speak to her Hebrew school class at Temple Oheb Shalom. Eventually, the 26-year-old would go on to graduate from the University of Baltimore with a master’s degree in public administration… Read More

Gordon Center Season Features Collaborations, Programs for All

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A world-class venue calls for a world-class lineup, and the 2016-17 season at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts does not disappoint. This season’s mix of dance, music, spoken word, film and family programming from local, regional, national and  international performers means there’s something for everyone at the Owings Mills venue. “We’re continuing to listen… Read More

Children’s Author Expands Beyond Jewish Focus

Bracha Goetz’s newest book, “I Want To Be Famous,” is a young boy’s story of self-discovery. (Daniel Nozick)

Bracha Goetz, a local author of more than 30 children’s books, many Jewish-themed, is best known for her ability to simplify profound ideas in order to help children achieve better understanding. Originally, Goetz wrote her books without explicitly Jewish themes but added them when Judaica Press decided to publish her work. This month will see… Read More

You Should Know … Joseph Levin-Manning

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Joseph Levin-Manning, 26, is not your average Jewish boy. Adopted into a non-Jewish family at a young age, he did not even know that he had Jewish roots until he  decided to investigate. As a “gay Jewish man of color,” Levin-Manning got into community engagement and service because he was in a unique position to… Read More

Gene Wilder ‘One of the Truly Great Talents of Our Time’

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Gene Wilder, whose likeness became synonymous with the energetic and mysterious chocolatier Willy Wonka, died on Monday in his Stamford, Conn., home of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, according to a widely reported statement from Wilder’s nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman. He was 83. Beyond the movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Wilder… Read More

You Should Know … Jennifer Naiman

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A well-known member of the local Jewish community,  Jennifer Naiman, 26, is using her role as an educator to eradicate common assumptions about dyslexia and alternative methods of teaching. Though she was not raised particularly observant, Naiman was inspired to join the modern Orthodox movement by her tenure as a student at Beth Tfiloh Dahan… Read More

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

You Should Know …
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