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

You Should Know … Daniel Hoch

Daniel Hoch is a dentist based out of Harford County. When he’s not plying his day job, however, he’s honing his intellect through weekly study of Torah, Talmud and Judaism. Hoch is a first-generation American — his mother was a Holocaust survivor from Germany, and his father survived the ghetto in Budapest before coming to… Read More

You Should Know … Alex Barron

Alex Barron, 34, hails from northern New Jersey (although, somewhat surprisingly, his town did not include many fellow Jews), but Maryland has been his home for the past 11 years — first in Montgomery County and now in the Baltimore area. Barron is an English teacher at the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, teaching mainly… Read More

You Should Know… Skylar Marcoux

Skylar Marcoux, 25, is a Howard County native who, after stints in South Carolina and Massachusetts for school, came back to her home state to work for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults as coordinator for the Cancer to 5K program. The organization supports young people whose lives have been affected by cancer, and… Read More

You Should Know… Chana Solomon

Chana Solomon, 24, grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., but has come to call Baltimore home in the past couple years since moving here with her husband, Eli. Solomon and her husband are co-directors of an organization called Friendship Circle that pairs high school student volunteers with children and young people with disabilities. The “buddies,” as… Read More

You Should Know… Kelley Spigel

After years of working for other law firms, family law attorney Kelley Spigel decided to start her own firm. Just two weeks ago, after four years of working at the law offices of Garland C. Hall, Spigel stepped out on her own. Spigel, 30, attended Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School and earned her bachelor’s degree… Read More