The Shidduch Detective: On the Trail for Down the Aisle

David J. Cohen

Though he stands an imposing 6 feet, 4 inches, astonishingly, there is something very unassuming about David J. Cohen’s presence. Perhaps it’s this combination, with his boyish grin and understated manner, that plays to his benefit, because for the past 20 years he’s surreptitiously, yet doggedly, investigated, conducted surveillance and performed background checks for high-profile,… Read More

Celebrating Israeli Independence


Organizations around the region celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, in a variety of ways. At Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 250 adults and children celebrated by participating in Israeli dancing (top right), engaging in various arts and crafts (center left) and learning about “Aladdin,” the resident camel for the day. In Howard County (center right), Rabbi… Read More

Second Round of Chabad Hearings Begins

Rabbi Velvel Belinsky testifies at a Baltimore County Board of Appeals hearing. (Marc Shapiro)

The battle over a Chabad synagogue proposed to be built in a residential neighborhood in Pikesville has entered a second series of hearings at the Baltimore County Board of Appeals. The decision by an administrative law judge, who heard the case over the course of eight hearings between June and November 2015, was appealed, and… Read More

JHU Bestows Highest Honor on Power Couple

Ellen Heller (Provided)

When members of John Hopkins University’s class of 2016 walked across the stage at Royal Farms Arena on Wednesday to receive their degrees, there were eight others there receiving honorary doctorates for being leaders and innovators in their fields. Among those eight was a husband and wife who have left long-lasting impacts on the criminal… Read More

Envisioning the Future JCC Biennial celebrates history, looks ahead


More than 500 representatives of Jewish Community Centers from around the world convened in Baltimore this week for the JCCs of North America Biennial. The officials gathered to share their unique successes, discuss their concerns and look at how the continually evolving Jewish community poses challenges and opportunities for JCCs. The event also served as… Read More

White House Names Weissman as Jewish Liaison


Being a White House liaison to the Jewish community can be a tough, thankless job. But Chanan Weissman, who was appointed to the position last week for the remainder of President Barack Obama’s time in office, is more than prepared, say many of his closest colleagues. Weissman, 32, is the first modern Orthodox Jew to… Read More

Center Aims to Bring Human Trafficking Out of the Shadows

Opening the SAFE Center in College Park are, from left, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), State Treasurer Nancy Kopp, founder and director Susan Esserman, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and UMd.-Baltimore President Jay Perman. (Photo by Daniel Schere)

It was a night ride with law enforcement about two years ago that opened Susan Esserman’s eyes to an invisible crisis in Prince George’s County, one she wants to be much more known: human trafficking. Esserman, a Washington trade lawyer who previously served as the deputy U.S. trade ambassador during President Bill Clinton’s administration, had… Read More

Bolstering Baltimore’s Film Industry

Members of the inaugural class of the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film and Media Studies took part in a four-day screenplay lab in which industry experts gave feedback on projects. Among those pictured are participants Harrison Demchick (far right) and Zack Schlosberg (back row, second from right) and fund director Roberto Busó-García (back row, third from left). (Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund)

A new fund named after a pioneering film producer will connect budding filmmakers with resources and experts in an attempt to grow Baltimore’s film industry. The Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film and Media Studies, recently launched at Johns Hopkins University, creates an incubator for filmmakers to connect with industry veterans, executives, artists and entrepreneurs to… Read More

Ohr Chadash Certified Green

Randi Orshan, director of teaching and learning at Ohr Chadash Academy, speaks about the school’s green efforts at an event where the Pearlstone Center honored the school. (Provided)

Ohr Chadash Academy, an Orthodox Jewish day school for students in preschool through eighth grade, was recently certified a Green School through the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE). The school will be honored alongside other new Green Schools on May 13. Ohr Chadash was honored by the Pearlstone Center as its Green… Read More