You Should Know …
Madeline Suggs

Madeline Suggs, 25, serves as the director of public affairs for the Baltimore Jewish Council, where she has been for the past two years. During that time she has facilitated a number of interfaith and interracial events with the Jewish community, a hallmark achievement for which she received the honor of being named one of… Read More

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Alex VanNess

For more than a decade, Alex VanNess has been a proponent of positive dialogue about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Born and raised in Detroit, he ended up in Washington D.C., to practice political science at a lobbying firm. After working for a couple of congressmen, VanNess became the director of Middle East Peace and Security Policy… Read More

You Should Know … Ben Sigelman

To Pikesville native Ben Sigelman, 25, a soccer ball isn’t just a piece of sports equipment to kick around on a field, it’s representative of the personal development — physical, intellectual and creative — that’s possible for a young person to attain and integrate into all areas of his or her life. Sigelman is deeply… Read More

You Should Know … Ellie Brown

By morning, she’s playing with and teaching toddlers at the Downtown Baltimore JCC, and by night, she’s hosting Charm City Tribe happy hours and events. “Downtown” Ellie Brown, as her JCC co-workers appropriately call her, helps keep the city’s Jewish community connected as the JCC’s downtown program manager. The 26-year-old Westchester, Pa., native’s Judaism took… Read More

You Should Know … Dan Samuels

Since 2006, Dan Samuels has been working behind the scenes and on stage to enrich the Baltimore music scene. The 28-year-old Bucks County, Pa., native provides the drums for local bands Brooks Long and the Mad Dog No Good, J Pope and Funk Friday and the Bumper Jacksons. Samuels also works as an organizer for… Read More

You Should Know … Shlomo Bolts

For nearly a decade, Shlomo Bolts, 27, has been an activist for human rights and against war atrocities as well as a proponent of Jewish-Arab dialogue. Born in New Jersey and raised Orthodox Jewish in Miami, he attended Jewish day school. He became involved in Middle East issues at Columbia University, where he majored in… Read More

You Should Know … Eric McCormick

Columbia resident Eric McCormick runs Critter’s Inflatable, which makes life jackets for our four-legged friends. His dad started the company eight years ago after getting a patent and turned the business over to his son last year. McCormick, 35, grew up in Bowie and Severna Park, attended Temple Solel in Bowie and became involved in… Read More

You Should Know: Randi Leshin

Randi Leshin, owner of the All About U! salon in Savage, has deep roots in Howard County. The 29-year-old Columbia native went to Graham Webb Academy, a cosmetology school in Arlington, after graduating from Atholton High School. Much of her extended family lives in Howard County. With nine years of experience as a stylist and… Read More

You Should Know: Ross Lewin

Ross Lewin uses photography to pursue both his professional and personal ambitions. The 27-year-old Columbia native abandoned a marketing career to follow his passion behind the camera. As a photographer, Lewin shoots portraits as well as sports teams. And he founded Cameras for Cancer, a non-profit that channels funds to research and pays cancer patients’… Read More

You Should Know: David Greisman

David Greisman, 34, is following a boxing writer’s dream. While the Columbia native continues his day job in media and communications, he is steadfastly honing his craft as a boxing writer. When you were growing up, did you want to be a sports writer? I liked all of the local teams, and I watched the… Read More