Deiner — Jacobs


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Judy Deiner of Pikesville and Robin and Howard Jacobs of Owings Mills are thrilled to announce the engagement of their children, Emily Jordyn Deiner and Andrew Richard Jacobs. Emily is also the daughter of the late Steven Deiner.

Emily graduated from Towson University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and teaches in Baltimore County’s public schools. Andrew graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and is a quality-assurance manager for McCormick & Company, Inc.

An August wedding is planned.

Cohen — Appelbaum

022715_Cohen-Applebaum-milestoneAmy and Gary Cohen of Pikesville and Marlene and Howard Appelbaum of Delray Beach, Fla., are thrilled to
announce the engagement of their children, Lacey Samantha Cohen and Jason Michael Appelbaum.

Lacey earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in speech language pathology from Loyola University Maryland. She is now a speech therapist with WellStar Health System in Atlanta.

Jason is a graduate of the University of Maryland and received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is completing his internal medicine residency at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Lacey is the granddaughter of the late Lila and Jay Newman and the late Naomi and Raymond Cohen. Jason is the grandson of the late Rosalie and Myer Leace and the late Norma and Sam Appelbaum.

A March wedding is planned.

Bernheim — Schuler

022715_Bernheim-Schuler-milestoneSandy and Howard Bernheim of Owings Mills are excited to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica, to Ari Schuler of Rockville, son of Shawn Perry-Turner of Albuquerque, N.M., Tim Turner of Ligonier, Pa., and Barry and Tracy Schuler of Napa, Calif.

Jessica received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She is the assistant director of athletics communications at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Ari received his bachelor’s degree from American University’s Kogod School of Business and his master’s degree in biodefense from George Mason University.

Jessica is the granddaughter of Sylvia and Samuel Stone and the late Bertha and Max Bernheim. Ari is the grandson of Sondra Schuler, the late William and Ruth Schuler and the late Ann Brody Malat and Abbot and Jean Harle.

A June wedding is planned.

Forever Sweet

Rachel &  Shaun Elhai First Date:  September 2009 Wedding Date:  Oct. 12, 2014 Venue:  Turf Valley Country Club Residence:  Pikesville Favorite Activity:  Dog park with 2-year-old Zoe

Rachel &
Shaun Elhai
First Date:
September 2009
Wedding Date:
Oct. 12, 2014
Turf Valley Country Club
Favorite Activity:
Dog park with 2-year-old Zoe

On April 13, 2013, Shaun Elhai and Rachel Golberg went shopping for an engagement ring. They gazed at the beautiful diamonds, and Rachel found one she liked. Shaun left a deposit to guarantee the ring was theirs.

That evening, they headed out to dinner to celebrate. They had purchased their first house together, and Shaun, a real estate agent as well as an accountant for the Social Security Administration, had completed a sale. After, they cabbed to Little Italy for dessert. The line stretched down the side of the building. Rachel
suggested they head elsewhere.

A few minutes later, they were seated. It was the same table they occupied on their first date in September 2009. Just as they did that night, they ordered coffee and a cannoli to share.

Shaun saw the waiter come around the corner and took a deep breath. He dropped to one knee as Rachel read the words painted in chocolate on the cannoli plate: “Will you …”

Shaun, 29, finished with, “make me the happiest man in the world.”

The packed house of about 80 applauded, and Rachel’s father, Laurence Golberg, appeared after photographing the special moment from the second floor.

Shaun “left” his credit card at the Capital Grille, and they returned to the restaurant to find 30 family members and friends, including their parents, Laurence and Molli Golberg and Lois and Irvin Elhai.

It was a special night for the couple, who had met at a mutual friend’s apartment in August 2009 and felt an instant connection. Rachel fell for Shaun and his friendly, outgoing demeanor that night. Shaun remembers her natural beauty and easygoing and caring disposition, fitting for her job as a pediatric nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Within three months, they had professed their love and continued doing everything together, whether going to movies, restaurants or concerts.

They moved in together in November 2011 and a little over a year later, adopted Zoe, a Shar-Pei Lab mix.
A week later, Rachel fell ill and was hospitalized. Shaun stayed with her in the hospital and nursed her as she recovered.

“As a nurse, it was hard to allow someone else to take care of me,” said Rachel, 28. “I was afraid he wasn’t going to love me because I was sick.”

Rachel was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis two years later, and together they participate in the MS Walk each April in the hope that the funds raised will help provide for a cure.

Rabbi Steven Schwartz of Beth El Congregation officiated their ceremony at Turf Valley Country Club on Oct. 12, 2014. Two hundred guests witnessed their traditional touches including wrapping themselves in the bar mitzvah tallis from Kenneth Golberg, Rachel’s zaydie. They also draped their own b’nai mitzvoth tallis on the chuppah and used Rachel’s grandfather’s ring for the ceremony. Rachel said she knew Shaun was her beshert long before her illness, but that “sealed the deal.”

“No matter what bump we hit in our journey, we keep going,” she said. “We are going to do it together.”

JCS Program for Young Adults with Disabilities

The Jewish Community Services Career Center is hosting a workshop, Helping Young Adults with Special Needs Transition from School to Work, on Feb. 19 (snow date is Feb. 26) from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Jewish Community Services, 5750 Park Heights Ave.

The workshop will help parents and their young adult children with disabilities begin to plan and prepare for transitioning to a career. Topics will include setting goals;
exploring post-school possibilities; learning how to enhance social, work and
living skills; and identifying accessible supports. Participants will also get information on community resources and hear advice from experienced professionals and parents.

The program is free and open to the public. Preregistration is required. To
register, contact Amaris Maxwell at 410-843-7353 or

The JCS Career Center is dedicated to helping individuals of all ages and abilities find and maintain employment. Jewish Community Services is a comprehensive, nonprofit human services agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

SDAT Now Has Twitter Account

Tweeting is usually for the birds, but now it’s also for the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT). The agency is already on Facebook, but in the interest of reaching more Marylanders, SDAT now provides valuable information from the agency on Twitter.

“The more ways we have to reach out to Marylanders, the better off we all are,” said acting agency director Owen Charles. The agency’s Twitter feed provides Marylanders information, updates, links and the occasional miscellaneous Maryland tweet.

The Twitter account will provide links to information from SDAT as well as other state and federal agencies.

“It should also help differentiate us from other agencies and local government finance offices as well as the Maryland comptroller’s office,” said Charles.
Follow the agency on Twitter @MD_SDAT.


020615_milestones_EismanMatt and Renee (nee Sharrow) Eisman of Gaithersburg happily announce the birth of their son, Jordan Bradley, on Oct. 12, 2014.

Jordan is named in loving memory of his paternal great-grandfather, Jack Lazowick, and his maternal great-grandfather, Bernard Sharrow. Loving grandparents are Marty and Shelley Sharrow of Owings Mills, Gene and Charlene Eisman of Bethesda and Norm and Dale Amy Caruthers of Las Vegas, Nev.

Weinberg — Kirby

020615_milestone-Weinberg-KirbyNancy Spritz and Jeffrey Weinberg of Baltimore announce with great pleasure the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Weinberg, to Brian Kirby, son of Ellen and John Kirby of Perry Hall.

Melissa is the granddaughter of the late Dorothy and Sigmund Spritz and the late Peggy and Sidney Weinberg and Sylvia Weinberg. Brian is the grandson of the late Mary and Joseph Kirby and the late Evelyn and Thomas Houston.

Melissa graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute and earned a master’s in psychology from Towson University in December 2014. Brian is a researcher at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and will earn a Ph.D. in physics in May 2015.

A June 2015 wedding is planned.

Smith — Bloomberg

013015_miles_smithDr. Samuel and Robin Smith of Baltimore and Linda Harris Smith of Boca Raton, Fla., are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter Maya to Drew Bloomberg, son of Wendy Zimmerman of Glen Rock, N.J., and Robert Bloomberg of Delray Beach, Fla..

Maya is the granddaughter of Rhona Smith and the late Mack Smith and the late Irwin and Lucille Harris. Drew is the grandson of Marilyn Zimmerman and the late Irvin Zimmerman and the late Leon and Esther Bloomberg.

Maya and Drew met at the University of Miami, where Maya earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing and Drew earned a Bachelor of Science from the business school. Also earning a Master of Science in nursing, Maya works as an advanced registered nurse practitioner at the University of Miami’s Sylvester Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care. Drew is director of investment grade products for the Republic Metals Corporation. The couple resides in Miami.

A November 2015 wedding is planned in Baltimore.

Schwartz — Kimlat

013015_Miles-SchwartzJudy Schwartz of Orlando, Fla., is happy to announce the engagement of her daughter, Amy, to Kostya Kimlat, son of Boris Kimlat and Irina Khazina, also of Orlando.

Amy, a Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School graduate, is marketing director at the JCC of Greater Orlando. Kostya is a professional magician, keynote speaker and author of an upcoming book, “Think Like a Magician.”

Amy is the daughter of the late Harry Schwartz and the granddaughter of Charlotte Schwartz of Baltimore, the late Paul Schwartz and the late Estelle and Henry Carp. Kostya is the grandson of the late Inna Shatsman.

A January 2016 wedding is planned.