You Should Know… Gabriel Stuart-Sikowitz

Gabriel Stuart-Sikowitz has always wanted to make a positive impact in the lives of others, citing tikkun olam as his source of motivation. In Baltimore City, Stuart-Sikowitz, 26, of Federal Hill applies that Jewish principle as chief of staff for Councilwoman Shannon Sneed (D-District 13),who was elected to her seat last November. “I always try… Read More

You Should Know… Alex Trakhtman

Although he confesses to being a workaholic, Alex Trakhtman doesn’t see that as a negative. Quite the contrary, the 31-year-old home builder has been working, happily, since the age of 12 and attributes his work ethic to the entrepreneurial roots fostered by his close-knit Ukrainian family. Born in the Republic of Moldova, close to the… Read More

You Should Know… Taylor Gonzalez

Taylor Gonzalez refuses to be a bystander in life — being in on the action is just too rewarding. “I always want to challenge myself,” Gonzalez said. “The bare minimum is never good enough for me.” The 28-year-old completed her undergraduate studies at Florida State University, where she obtained bachelor’s degrees in religion and international… Read More

You Should Know… Alyssa Geller

The energetic and involved Alyssa Geller, communications  manager at Beth El Congregation, hails from Columbus, Ohio by way of Long Island, where she was born. The 29-year-old is a graduate of  the University of Wisconsin- Madison, where she majored in communications because she wanted to apply her creative side to her work. “I’ve  always been… Read More

You Should Know… Josh Hershkovitz

Josh Hershkovitz, who grew up in Owings Mills and attended McDonogh School, now runs a hip, well- regarded restaurant serving Neapolitan-inspired cuisine at the end of Light Street in South Baltimore. Hershkovitz, 39, majored in sculpture and philosophy at the University of Chicago before adding a master’s in business from the University of Maryland, College… Read More

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

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

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