Online Options Course offerings can meet students where they are, academically or geographically


Online classroom technology provides a robust computer-based educational experience and instructor interaction that for some learners can make the difference between access to knowledge and not having access at all. At the start of its fourth year of academic course offerings, Bonim B’Yachad, an online Israeli-based education company that delivers religious and academic content to… Read More

Under Pressure Organization challenges narrow version of success


As students prepare for their first day back to school after summer break with newly bought clothes and fresh supplies, many will return to campus with a weight on their shoulders. “Everybody wants their kid to be successful, but I’d argue pushing your child too hard ensures the opposite of what you’re hoping for,” said… Read More

Single and Childless Demographics have shifted as more Jewishwomen pursue things other than having a family

Melanie Notkin (Ana Schechter)

In recent decades, the number of women of child-bearing ages who are childless has gone up significantly. In 1976, 35 percent of American women of fertility age, 15 to 34, were childless. In 2012, that number jumped to about 46 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you break the 2012… Read More

Kathy Fried

Kathy Fried was born and raised in Baltimore with an education from the University of Pennsylvania. She knows what it’s like to start at the bottom and work up the corporate ladder. She is now a managing partner for the Lindler Fried Group, a marketing and communications firm based in Baltimore, with two decades of… Read More

Midlife Health Clinics allow for whole health approach to women’s care


Younger women typically rely on their gynecologist as their only physician, says Dr. Katharine Taber, director of the Women’s Wellness Center at Northwest Hospital, “but at midlife that really changes.” A single doctor can’t realistically provide all of the specialized services needed for midlife health, she explains, but women’s clinics have a network of expertise… Read More

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