An ‘Awkward’ Start

Megan &  Andy Harkavy First Date:  Aug. 15, 2013 at a Ravens’  preseason game Wedding Date:  May 31, 2015 Venue:  Beth Tfiloh Congregation Residence:  Cincinnati Favorite Activity:  Traveling and sharing adventures

Megan &
Andy Harkavy
First Date:
Aug. 15, 2013 at a Ravens’ preseason game
Wedding Date:
May 31, 2015
Beth Tfiloh Congregation
Favorite Activity:
Traveling and sharing adventures

During dinner with friends in the summer of 2013, Andy Harkavy discussed his desire to find a nice Jewish girl.

He shared his criteria — down to earth, family oriented, social and interested in sports. Though Andy might not have realized it, by night’s end, all three of his friends knew: Megan Goldsmith was the one.

Megan and Andy first met at the University of Georgia Hillel in 2005, where Megan served a fellowship during Andy’s senior year. The pair became fast friends, enjoying football games and other activities. Megan helped Andy apply for a fellowship the following year at Ohio State University.

Their paths crossed again in 2008 at Baltimore Hebrew University in the Jewish Communal Service master’s program. After graduation, Megan worked for the Jewish Volunteer Connection, and two years later, Andy graduated and moved to North Carolina to work for a synagogue. They remained in touch, seeing each other at different events across the country.

So after his August 2013 return, Andy invited Megan to see her Ravens play his Atlanta Falcons in a preseason game. They shared a pregame meal at Mother’s in Federal Hill.

“It was a little awkward,” admitted Megan, 31, now director of Jewish Student Life for Hillel at Miami University of Ohio. “We were friends for so long, the pressure of it being a first date made it awkward.”

During the game, both were glued to their cellphones, posting on social media and chatting with friends. The next night, Andy joined Megan for Shabbat dinner with Lynne and Richard Goldsmith, just as he had many times in the past.

The next week, they tried again at an Orioles game. It went much better, as both rooted for the same team. After Andy walked Megan back to her apartment, they shared their first kiss.

In early November, Andy echoed a sentiment that Megan had already shared with their friends.

“I love us; I love you,” Andy said to her.

By January, they were ring shopping. But while Megan attended an out-of-town conference, Andy, 31 and regional director for NFTY Ohio Valley, secured her grandmother’s diamond and designed a ring.

Susan and Bob Harkavy visited the couple in Baltimore in February 2014. Bob told Andy they were interested seeing the view from atop Federal Hill. On the way, Andy encouraged Megan to take selfies, one of her favorite activities.

When she looked up after a quick selfie shot, he was down on one knee, singing “Grow Old with You.” Later, they joined his and her parents as well as friends and celebrated throughout the evening.

Andy updated his Facebook status to reflect the big news and generated about 1,000 “likes.”
“People said they knew it all along,” acknowledged Megan. “It just took us eight years.”

In true social media fashion, the couple created a hashtag for their wedding, aptly named #megandy531, in honor of their May 31, 2015 nuptials at Beth Tfiloh Congregation. Rabbi Andrew Busch of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation officiated before about 180 friends and family members from all over the country.

And just as Megan is the perfect match for Andy’s “list of criteria,” Andy fits the bill for her.

“He’s the type of person I always wanted to be with,” she said. “Andy had it all.”


092515_birthLinda (nee Rubin) and Josh King happily announce the birth of their son, Brody Ashton, on Jan. 18, 2015.

Brody is named in loving memory of his paternal great-grandfather, Bernard Polakoff.  His Hebrew name, Beryl, is in memory of his great-grandfather, Barney Rubin.

Proud big sister and big brothers are Lily Nicole, Zachary Austin and Chase Alexander. Loving grandparents are Renee and Burton King of Owings Mills and Maria and Joel Rubin of Ocean View, Del.  Proud great-grandparents are Shirley Polakoff of Owings Mills and Lillian Mantzouris of Ocean City, Md.


082815_mile_birth_zajdelJoseph and Lisa Zajdel (nee Weisman) are excited to announce the birth of their son, Bradley Samuel, on June 9, 2015.

Bradley’s Hebrew name is Baruch Shalom. He is named in loving memory of his maternal grandmother, Barbara Weisman, and his paternal great-uncle, Samuel Prager. Proud grandparents are Alan and Tessa Weisman of Rockville, Md., and Jacob and Eva Zajdel of Owings Mills.


082115_mile_krafchinJeremy and Stacey Krafchin (nee Rudolph) and big brother Jake are excited to announce the birth of Zachary Sy on March 7, 2015 at Virtua Voorhees Hospital in Voorhees, N.J.  He weighed 10 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 22 inches.

Zachary was given the middle name Sy in honor of his late maternal great-grandmother, Sylvia
Gabe.  His Hebrew name, Sabatai Zahav, is in loving memory of his great-grandfather, Samuel Behar, and his great-grandmother, Goldie Krafchin. Proud grandparents are Robbin Rudolph and Alex Rudolph of Baltimore and Ira and Denise Krafchin of Clarks Summit, Pa.


082115_mile_eloverJason and Michelle Elover (nee Pelta) are happy to announce the birth of their son, Logan Chase, on June 4, 2015. Proud grandparents are Carol and Stuart Elover and Judy and Mayer Pelta.


082115_mile_podbereskyArielle Sydney Podberesky, daughter of Dr. Daniel and Lesley Podberesky of Orlando, Fla., formerly of Randallstown and Rockville, Md., respectively, will become a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 29 at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Orlando. Arielle is a seventh-grader at Lake Highland Preparatory School.

Sharing in the family’s simcha are Arielle’s brother, Jonah, grandparents Samuel and Rosita Podberesky of Annapolis and Ron and Sandy Krellen of Greensboro, N.C., as well as family and friends from around the country and from Costa Rica.


082115_mile_cohenRicardo Luis Cohen, son of Cliff and Paula Cohen, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 25 at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Va. His brother, Martim, and sister, Sofia, will celebrate with him.

His maternal grandparents, Mateus and Aida de Brito, and other family will attend from Portugal; paternal grandmother Anita Cohen and other family from Virginia, Maryland and New York will also attend.

For his Mitzvah project and in honor of his beloved and recently departed paternal grandfather, Lionel Cohen, Ricardo is raising money for CurePSP to help raise awareness in order to diagnose, treat and eventually cure this rare, neurodegenerative brain disease.


The unveiling for GERTRUDE SUROSKY, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother will take place on Sunday, August 23 at Mikro Kodesh Cemetery 6700 Bowleys Lane at 11.30 a.m.  Friends and family are invited to attend.


073115_miles_celebration_HabermanA beloved resident at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital celebrated a milestone 103rd birthday, more than a century in the making.

Elizabeth was born in 1912, the same year the Titanic sank, Arizona and New Mexico became states, Oreo cookies first appeared on store shelves, the average annual income was $1,033, and a loaf of bread cost five cents.


073115_miles_birth__meisterJoohee and Gabriel Meister are delighted to announce the arrival of their daughter,

Artemis Iseul Meister, 9 pounds, 6 ounces, on Feb. 24, 2015. Artemis’s Hebrew name, Sora Etta, is in
memory of Gabriel’s paternal grandmother, Shirley Meister, and paternal great-grandmother, Bessie Etta Horshoff.

Joining in this simcha are Florence and Elie Cohen; Rita Beth and Sidney Friedman; Estelle Meister, Linda Seidel, Glenn Meister and Leslie Simon; Hojae Maeng and Keum Nyeo Park; Daniel Maeng and Jimin Lee; Jennifer Maeng and Brian Shim; Abby and Gregory Smith; Jill and Bret Rowan; and Artemis’s big brother, Orion Haneul (Zalman Jaacov) Meister.