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

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

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

You Should Know … Craig Solomon

Craig Solomon, 40, is a Baltimore businessman with a penchant for philanthropy. Outside his career working in financial systems consulting, Solomon started B-More Engaged, “a young professional’s group that helps eager volunteers find a variety of ways to volunteer in the Baltimore community,” according to the group’s Facebook page. Solomon grew up in Gaithersburg, Md.,… Read More

You Should Know … Dan Snyder

Dan Snyder has figured out the secret to creating his own fashion that is far from being a fad. It took some hard-nosed investigation, a smattering of elbow grease, tireless lucubration and a preternatural capability for problem-solving. But this 32-year-old current Brooklynite originally from Columbia officially opened the doors on his own subtle and austere… Read More

You Should Know … Aaron Kovelman

Baltimore-born Aaron Kovelman, 25, started out playing music, but these days lights up the stage as the lighting designer for The Chainsmokers, who won favorite electronic dance music artist at Sunday’s American Music Awards. Kovelman always wanted to make it big and go on tour. Lighting design came into his life on a whim one… Read More

You Should Know … Jon Herbst

Jon Herbst did not set out to be an NFL agent. As an attorney at the Royston, Mueller, McLean & Reid law firm, the Pikesville native was representing an NFL agent in 2013 when was presented with a proposition to launch an agency. Shortly thereafter, Herbst, now a partner at Friedman & Friedman, formed PFS… Read More

You Should Know … Joshua Greenfeld

Advocating for policies that advance shared U.S. and Israeli interests in the Baltimore Jewish community is an initiative that Joshua Greenfeld has always found appealing. As co-chair and vice president of the J Street Baltimore chapter, Greenfeld, a 29-year-old Pikesville native, works with local congressional delegates to educate them on the importance of achieving a… Read More

You Should Know … Sam Gallant

What a … gallant fellow. It’s an easy joke but emulative of the brand of lowbrow/highbrow badinage one experiences in speaking with Sam Gallant, 38, who can be heard concocting his own unique attempts at wordplay on 89.7 WTMD five hours a day (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), five days a week (Monday through Friday)…. Read More