Young and Full of Hustle Two Baltimore natives prove age is just a number

Haley Raphael and Jesse Mates are making a sweet success of Pops by Haley. For the fashionistas, check out clothing at Leah Pruzansky’s new store, Sheek.

Union Kitchen, a food incubator in Washington, D.C., hums with activity day and night as nearly 50 food companies prep, cook, bake and package their wares. Working diligently in the upstairs bakery layering cake cutouts and frosting is Haley Raphael, the 23-year-old founder of Pops by Haley, a baked-goods company that specializes in push-up cake… Read More

Fitness Appeal Jewish women find strength, confidence on a pole


When Gabi Faye Levin graduated college, she wasn’t satisfied with her dance skills even though she minored in the subject. She did some research on local studios while living at home in Pikesville, and found pole dancing classes at Xpose Fitness. “I was like, ‘Hmm, why have I never considered this? I’m really good at… Read More

Take 2 How Jews juggle the various challenges of second marriages

Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin

Mazal tov! You’re getting married … again. Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin, a certified practitioner in Imago Relationship Therapy and author of “The Marriage Restoration Project: The Five Step Plan to Saving Your Marriage,” notes that around 50 percent of married adults in America get divorced at least once, meaning the likelihood of being a stepparent is… Read More

Looking Good Wedding gown styles for the Jewish bride in 2015

With the spring and summer months being the most popular time of year for weddings, many brides are now beginning to search for their ideal gown. “Today’s modern wedding gowns appear to be trending toward more simplistic and classic silhouettes, while elaborate and luxurious fabrics, laces, and adornments are becoming more significant in the design,”… Read More

Blessed Beginnings Where to say ‘I do’ in Israel


With destination weddings a popular option of late, why not tie the proverbial knot in Israel? It turns out that this tiny country (roughly the size of New Jersey) has it all: natural beauty, scrumptious food and fine wines, affordable facilities to rent and the magical ambiance of starting your life together in the Jewish… Read More

Staying Intellectually Engaged

  Created with flickr slideshow. Since the year 2000, the Pikesville branch of the Baltimore County Library has offered presentations on topics ranging from the Vatican to classical guitar to all things Baltimore. The Pikesville Library Guest Speaker series fills the room with 120 people once a week for several months out of the year,… Read More

Making Memory Communities Home

Cohen-Rosen House was designed as a large elegant home.

The days of dimly lit, faintly antiseptic smelling assisted living memory-care facilities are numbered. Increasingly, memory-care communities are transforming their spaces to meet not only the physical needs of their residents, but also their mental and emotional well-being. A prime example is Peregrine’s Landing at Tudor Heights, nestled within the locus of the primarily Jewish… Read More

Coming to Terms

Rabbi E.B. “Bunny” Freedman
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When confronted with the emotional and medical complexities of death and dying, a caring chaplain can make all the difference. Consequently, hospice is one of the few areas of the American health care system that requires spiritual care be provided, said Dr. Gary Applebaum, national medical director of Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care. Medicare pays… Read More

Daily Money Management


As the baby boomer generation ages, protecting hard-earned savings and investments against fraud and maintaining financial organization into retirement have become prominent issues. “There are approximately 10,000 people turning 65 every day, and that’s continuing for about the next 15 years,” said Hank Greenberg, Maryland director of the American Association of Retired Persons. Baby boomers… Read More

Flashback: Lydia Seidler


Lydia Seidler, 23, of Pikesville is no stranger to summer camp adventures. The assistant manager of Quarry Wine and Spirits has spent summers at White Pine Camp in Ontario, Canada; B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp in Lake Como, Pa.; Camp Betsey Cox in Pittsford, Vt; and three summers at Capital Camps in Waynesboro, Pa. What did… Read More