Sports Boosters Continue To Hit Home Runs For Local Kids

For all that Ron Levine does for local youths throughout the year, he doesn’t ask for anything in return. As executive director of Sports Boosters of Maryland, Levine is a man very much involved in local sports and the betterment of area communities. According to Levine, 67, of Pikesville, the work is just his way… Read More

Looking for a Cause? Here Are Four That Matter

Sharp-Dressed Man ZZ Top and “Duck Dynasty” fans alike should recognize this eponym, thought up as the name for a Baltimore charitable organization by founder Christopher Schafer in 2011. The Fells Point menswear designer (and fan of the bearded rock band) realized he had a recurring dilemma: He was frequently given gently used men’s suits… Read More

Working to Help Baltimore’s Homeless Population

While there are dozens of homeless shelters in Baltimore City, the mission to end homelessness is far from over. According to The Journey Home, Baltimore City’s official plan to make homelessness “rare and brief,” there were nearly 2,800 people experiencing homelessness in the city, according to a 2014 study, which represents more than a third… Read More

Chabad of Owings Mills Brings Meaning to Mid-Life Bat Mitzvahs

“I didn’t do it when I was 12, so why not now in my 50s,” Giselle Pincever said of the 10-part bat mitzvah study course she will be embarking on in November with at least nine other women at Chabad of Owings Mills. The course, the second of its kind for adults, had its impetus… Read More

Celebrating a Bar Mitzvah’s Golden Anniversary

When Alan Fink glanced at the calendar earlier this year and saw that the 50th anniversary of his bar mitzvah was fast approaching, he knew it was time to start preparing. For most of the last 40 years, Fink, 63, of Baltimore had marked the occasion with modest get-togethers. He liked to keep things simple… Read More

Area Venues Provide Perfect Spaces

When there is family coming from across the country, possibly from around the world, to attend a bar or bat mitzvah, taking a look at the backyard and thinking, “We’re going to need more space!” is not an uncommon occurrence. Luckily for the Baltimore-area Jewish community, there are many options for exciting, stylish and hospitable… Read More

Creating the Theme: ‘The Goal Is Fun’

For Heidi Hiller, owner and creative director at Innovative Party Planners in Owings Mills, creating a theme is all about the bar mitzvah boy or bat mitzvah girl. “I personally want every single kid’s party to reflect them as much as possible,” she said. And she tries to go deeper with the themes. If a… Read More

Don’t Forget about the Groom!

Weddings, at least those traditional ones of one man and one woman, are often seen as the bride’s day. But there are two people entering this partnership, and not only can grooms be more involved in planning, but there are now services that cater to them and their groomsmen (and groomswomen, as the case may… Read More