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

Blazing Trails

Every now and then, I have an experience that truly puts me in the shoes of others. The roundtable discussion Justin Silberman and I took part in for this week’s cover story about five young women in the political arena was just that kind of experience. While I was completely aware that women face different… Read More

Film Festival Gears Up for Finale

The Baltimore Jewish Film Festival wraps up on Sunday, April 30, but three highly acclaimed films remain to be screened over the next week. The festival, put on by the Gordon Center for Performing Arts at the JCC of Greater Baltimore, is in its 29th year and is one of the oldest Jewish film festivals… Read More

Maryland General Assembly Legislative Wrap-Up Highs, lows for Jewish lawmakers

The most recent Maryland General Assembly session was an eventful one for Jewish lawmakers and lobbyists in which many priorities were funded and top policy initiatives both passed and failed. Lawmakers voted to pass a bill to ban the controversial natural gas extraction technique known as fracking, or hydraulic fracturing. They also approved legislation that… Read More

You Should Know… Brocha Baum-Margolese

Brocha Baum-Margolese, 35, is the founder of Darchei Noam Montessori, Baltimore’s only Jewish Montessori school. Baum-Margolese, a married mother of six, grew up in Detroit. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska and is working on her Ph.D. online when she is not occupied with running her school, which is… Read More

At the 4Front of Engaging Jewish Teens

The Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC’s teen engagement effort, originally called the Center for Teen Engagement, recently rebranded to 4Front, a name officials feel better embodies its purpose and goals. “Our name, 4Front, comes from two areas,” said Rabbi Dena Shaffer, director of the organization. “We see ourselves on the cutting edge, or forefront, of engaging… Read More

Uplifting the Oppressed

Anyone engaged in the Baltimore Jewish community knows how abundant its resources are. Those looking to further connect with their Judaism, explore it through the lens of a particular discipline or get help with a litany of issues don’t have to look far. So it’s only appropriate that CHANA, an Associated agency that responds to… Read More

Social Justice Seder Addresses Police Accountability

Jews United for Justice (JUFJ), a grassroots organization that pursues justice and equality through a Jewish lens, uses the story of Passover to focus on a key Baltimore issue — police accountability The organization’s social justice seder, held April 2 at Bolton Street Synagogue, included a revised haggadah for the theme and was attended by… Read More

You Should Know… Melissa Halpern

For the last year and a half, Melissa Halpern has enjoyed her time as director of communications, marketing and social media at Chizuk Amuno Congregation, asserting herself as a key cog in its operation. In her position, Halpern, 32, handles all the brand promotion for the synagogue and its associated educational facilities — the Rosenbloom… Read More

Erasing the Stigma Beth Tfiloh hosts event to spark dialogue about addiction

Shame. Fear. Denial. Silence. Familiar territory in the life of someone struggling with addiction, as well as for family and friends. In an effort to reduce that stigma and encourage open dialogue, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Pikesville recently held an addiction education program, “Not in MY Family: Substance Abuse in the Jewish Community.”… Read More