From Westminster to LA: a ‘Flock’ on the Move

It didn’t take long for Brian Levin to get his creative juices flowing through his passion for writing and producing and his penchant for entertaining audiences. When Levin, now 36, was a kid, he would put on comedy sketches with his cousins and friends in his Westminster, Md., neighborhood. For his family and friends, those… Read More

Jewish Film Series Turns 25

The Columbia Jewish Congregation will be calling “Action!” on another season of four engaging and thought-provoking films starting Saturday, Jan. 14. 2017 marks the 25th Columbia Jewish Congregation’s Film Series. Each film, handpicked by the CJC’s dedicated selection committee, deals explicitly with the Jewish experience. The screenings take place once a month, with the final… Read More

You Should Know… Rabbi Dena Shaffer

Rabbi Dena Shaffer might tell you she was the poster child for the Reform movement. The 33-year-old native of Rochester, N.Y., grew up in the movement, attending Jewish summer camp and participating in the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) through her synagogue. Becoming a rabbi was in the cards for Shaffer from a… Read More

Maccabeats, Naturally 7 Come Together for MLK Performance

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and for the third year running the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts is putting on a celebration. This year, the much-loved Maccabeats, a Jewish a cappella group, will be performing with another well-known a cappella group, Naturally 7, for the first time. Last year, the two groups… Read More

You Should Know… Josh Sherman

Josh Sherman, 25, is a native son here in Charm City. He grew up with his Conservative Jewish family in the Guildford/Oakenshaw area of Baltimore, where they were part of Chizuk Amuno Congregation. He attended Krieger Schechter Day School through eighth grade, followed by Baltimore City College for high school. Though he left town for… Read More

Jewish Filmmakers Go for the Gold Praise for this year’s Golden Globe nominees … and some snubs

2016 was a bountiful year when it came to cinematic output by those a part of or exploring themes integral to the Jewish community. With the Golden Globe Award ceremony — which many still believe to be an early glimpse into Academy Award possibilities — taking place Sunday, it’s time to spotlight which films were nominated… Read More

Oh, Brothers! Musicians hit the right chord with city music gear store

As a longtime musician residing in the Baltimore area, 35-year-old Ian Goldstein always had one rather critical problem: the shocking lack of stores that sell musical gear. The obvious solution? Goldstein, along with his brother Brian, decided to establish a music store of his own. Brothers Music officially opened June 13, 2015 at 2112 N…. Read More

An die Musik to Host Singer-Songwriter Series

An die Musik, known for its local concerts featuring jazz and classical musicians, is adding another type of musician to its 2017 lineup — the singer-songwriter. On the first Saturday of every month in 2017 the music venue will feature a local singer-songwriter act in a series called Folkal Point. The series kicks off Jan…. Read More

An Inherited Taste A Mother’s Recipes Serve Regi’s Well

Restaurateur Alan Morstein has a secret weapon in his gastronomic arsenal: his mother Saundra’s long-cherished recipes. Native Baltimorean Morstein and his wife, Sande, have owned Regi’s American Bistro for the past 15 years of its four-decade existence. “My actual role is part-time host, part-time bartender, part-time very good cook … part-time just about everything else,”… Read More

You Should Know… Eric Kessler

Eric Kessler, who turned 36 on Dec. 26, began creating art four years ago. That may come as a surprise to many who now seek out the Owings Mills and Pikesville native for custom paintings. A former addict, he was in the midst of a depression and needed something to break from it, so he… Read More