Berg Honored by AAF

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Jody Berg, owner and CEO of Baltimore marketing agency Media Works, Ltd., has been named a recipient of the American Advertising Federation of Baltimore’s prestigious Silver Medal Award. The Silver Medal Award program was established in 1959 to recognize men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in… Read More

Beth El Congregation Creates Opportunity for All Kinds of Learners

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It’s hard to be all things to all people, but educators and clergy at Beth El Congregation are making a valiant effort. Over the past two years, the congregation has added classes for students with language-based learning differences such as dyslexia, b’nai mitzvah training for children on the autism spectrum and “sensory friendly” Shabbat services… Read More

Vehicles For Change Makes Huge Difference for Those in Need

Martin Schwartz is quick to point out that “over 70 percent of the people get better jobs with [use of] their new cars.” (Tracey Brown Photography)

Martin Schwartz, Baltimore native and president of Vehicles for Change, has high hopes for his growing business that helps ex-offenders and those less fortunate. Schwartz’s nonprofit is a virtual anti-poverty program on wheels. Its team  repairs and cleans high-quality donated cars and sells them for as little as $750 to eligible low-income families. They also… Read More

Jewish, Arab-Israeli Students Have Cross-Cultural Exchange

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Arafat Osman, a biology teacher at Arab Israeli high school Al Bian School in the Galilee, believes in coexistence. “Arabs and Jews in the  Israeli state can have a better life with coexistence, he said. “Not everyone believes in it.” That vision, coupled with like-minded neighboring Jewish Misgav School, was the backdrop for a 10-day… Read More

Italian-based Coffee Chain Brews Success with Baltimorean

Cladiu Onigoaie has a history of brewing and enjoying high-quality coffee. As a manager, he takes pride  in Filicori Zecchini’s product. (Justin Katz)

Filicori Zecchini opened for business in the Towson Town Center in December, and while the franchise focuses on coffee, the new Maryland location is making waves in the Baltimore Jewish community because of its commitment to keeping kosher. “There’s not a lot of places that are kosher in the area,” said Cladiu Onigoaie, manager at… Read More

Rosenberg, DeMarco Endorse Cohen in 1st District

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Del. Sandy Rosenberg (D-District 41) and health care advocate Vincent DeMarco endorsed Zeke Cohen, a candidate for Baltimore City’s 1st District councilman. Cohen, who runs a youth leadership nonprofit, faces Mark Edelson, Sean Flanagan, Scott Goldman, Ed Marcinko and Mark Parker on April 26 in the Democratic primary for the council seat, which is being… Read More

Matzoh Ball Mashup Whether Floaters or Sinkers, This Menu Item Is Sure to Bring Families Together

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Last week, the JT staff explored some contemporary meanings of the Passover story in its “Four Questions” cover story. This week, we delve into the festive meal, having diligently researched the one menu item that typically sets the tone for the rest of the repast. Family debates may rage over the decision to serve chicken… Read More

Cardin, Ruppersberger Talk Defense, Iran with Netanyahu

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Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger recently met separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss Iran, defense and the U.S.- Israel relationship moving forward. Cardin and three other senators visited Israel, Qatar and Saudi Arabia to gauge the climate in the region and alliances with the United States after the passage… Read More

Mercaz Celebrates New Building

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Hundreds marched and danced down Green Meadow Parkway in the late afternoon on Sunday, singing and dancing around the newly inscribed Torah as a band played and sang celebratory songs. It was the chanukas habayis (housewarming or home dedication) and hachnasas sefer Torah (inauguration of a Torah scroll) for Mercaz Torah U’Tefilla, a Chasidic congregation… Read More

Youthful Baltimorean Brings New Energy to Old Problem

From left: Rebecca Fishkin, Jill Feinberg, David Fishkin and Stephanie Fishkin. (Justin Katz)

Helping others is a value deeply rooted in Jewish tradition, and Stephanie Fishkin has taken it to heart through her community-service project for which she’ll gather backpacks, linens, clothing and other items for those in need. Her efforts and level of hands-on involvement are  exceeding the expectations of the community, especially since the Mount Washington… Read More