Study Abroad Allows Students to Expand Horizons

Andrew Poverman (Photo provided)

In today’s globally connected world, more and more high school students are getting an opportunity to enjoy all the cultural and academic amenities countries have to offer through various study abroad programs. For many of these students in the Baltimore community, learning another nation’s way of life, customs and traditions is as much of an… Read More

CJE Offering New Opportunities for Young Families

Families participating in the CJE’s Ahava Baby program tour the  Butterbee Farm in Pikesville.

Providing busy, young Jewish parents with meaningful experiences to keep them interested in Jewish life is no easy task, but it is one that local organizations have taken head-on. In 2010, a community survey by The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore identified 10,000 Jewish families around Baltimore that were not engaged with Jewish life… Read More

Nagel Brings Expertise to Beth Shalom

Louis Nagel (Photo provided)

Louis Nagel was born in Philadelphia but has been living in Baltimore since he was 5 years old. Growing up, he attended religious school and worked as a madrich at the Orthodox shul B’nai Jacob. Additionally, he worked as a counselor at Camp Milldale. Nagel, 59, graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with… Read More

Schools, Programs Offer Personalized Special Needs Education

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Education is rarely a one-size-fits-all discipline, especially among the special needs population. Luckily for individuals with disabilities, the Baltimore area has a variety of schools, agencies and programs that offer education, training and other help that can be tailored toward specific needs. One such program is Friendship Circle run by Rabbi Chaya Sufrin out of… Read More

Flashback Ellen Olson

Ellen Olson (provided)

For most of her working life, Ellen Olson’s passion has been to provide young children with a solid educational foundation. A Philadelphia native, Olson, 60, relocated to Baltimore from Richmond, Va., 30 years ago to take over as associate director of the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC’s early childhood program. During that time, thousands of kids… Read More

Homeschooling on the Rise

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All parents want the best education for their children. Sometimes, that means the local public school and other times it’s a private institution or nearby charter school. But, for some families, the best choice comes in homeschooling. More than 27,500 students were homeschooled in Maryland last school year, according to the state Department of Education…. Read More

The Jewel of Mount Washington

Athena Hoffberger (left) and Julie Lilienfeld started Wishbone Reserve in 2014 after the two entrepreneurs met and shared their vision  of opening a consignment store with unique, well-made merchandise. (Daniel Schere)

The vast selection of oriental rugs, vintage dresses, crafts and even a moose’s head that adorn Wishbone Reserve in Mount Washington are enough to give even the casual customer a topic of conversation for the dinner table. But it is co-owners Julie Lilienfeld, 33, and Athena Hoffberger, 37, who turned a conversation three years ago… Read More

Movers and Shapers

Rebecca Alban Hoffberger (Courtesy of the American Visionary Arts Museum)

Baltimore has long been celebrated for its thriving arts scene, but far less commonly honored are those behind the scenes: the directors, curators and coordinators responsible for bringing the art to life. Though not sharing as directly in the glamour and glory of shows as artists or performers, their impact is arguably more immediate in… Read More

Yoga, Flexible In More Ways Than One

Alyson Greenberg (Provided)

For Alyson Greenberg, who suffers from scoliosis, a lateral curvature of the spine, yoga isn’t just a form of exercise, it’s become an alternative to surgery. “I had lower back pain and wanted to do something about it besides medicine. Somebody said, ‘Why don’t you try yoga?’” Greenberg said. After her first class, it wasn’t… Read More