A Cultural Connection Program gives American teachers valuable interaction with underprivileged Israeli students

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A group of 70 American teachers have returned from a month-long trip to Israel, where they taught English to 2,500 underprivileged Israeli children through the summer educational program, TALMA. “TALMA creates three unique experiences that make this program so special,” said Alon Futterman, the program’s CEO. It is “an opportunity for Israeli children to advance… Read More

Citron Coming to Quarry Lake Local officials break ground on Levine’s newest culinary endeavor

From left: County Councilwoman Vicki Almond, Richie Blue, Tom Obrecht, Dan Benedix, Del. Dana Stein, owner Charles Levine, Del. Dan Morhaim, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Del. Shelley Hettleman break ground for Citron last month.

About 150 people, including several local elected officials, gathered last month at Quarry Lake at Greenspring to break ground for Charles Levine’s first permanent venture in the restaurant industry, Citron, which is scheduled to open next summer. Citron will feature contemporary American cuisine along with a full bar, outdoor patio and deck seating on the… Read More

Pals with Paws in Pikesville Baltimore natives team up to open Valley Dog and Cat Hospital

Dr. Shani Scherr (left) and Dr. Amanda Morgan have joined forces to open Valley Dog and Cat Hospital.

When Dr. Shani Scherr, 36, left her job at Liberty Animal Clinic in Randallstown, and after struggling with her organic chemistry and physics course at Towson University, she had no intention of pursuing veterinary medicine. Despite working at the clinic for several years while attending high school and college, she started researching other career paths…. Read More

Schleifer Announces City Council Run 26-year-old faces Spector, the council’s longest-serving member

Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer
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Cheswolde resident Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer announced his candidacy for Baltimore City’s Fifth District on Wednesday. He challenges Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector, the longest-serving council member at 38 years. Schleifer is a 26-year-old lifelong resident of the city’s Fifth District and is involved in a variety of Jewish and neighborhood organizations. He is the vice president… Read More

POW! BAM! SHABBAT! Beth Shalom, bar mitzvah await ‘super’ visit from DC Comics editor

Eli Kuperman will have his bar mitzvah on Sept. 5, the Saturday morning after the Superhero Shabbat event.

Beth Shalom Congregation is hosting a Superhero Shabbat on Sept. 4, inspired by the theme of Eli Kuperman’s bar mitzvah the next day, which will feature Robert “Bob” Greenberger, former “Star Trek” writer and editor/ publishing executive at DC Comics. “We were thinking about bar mitzvah themes and my first thought was sports, but it’s… Read More

Upscale Experience Intimate bistro setting is perfect for Magdalena chef’s delicious cuisine

The 18-room Ivy Hotel in Baltimore opened earlier this summer, along with its restaurant, Magdalena.

Mark Levy, executive chef of the newly opened restaurant Magdalena, housed in the luxury boutique Ivy Hotel on Biddle Street in midtown, said when he arrived in Baltimore he wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The England native has worked at upscale restaurants in cities such as London and Paris, becoming exposed to various types… Read More

‘Finally Happening’ Baltimore, Rockville lone soldiers make aliyah this month

232 new immigrants arrived in Israel with Nefesh B’Nefesh, including 59 men and women who will volunteer for the IDF. The lone soldiers pause for a photo upon landing. (Provided)

Eliezer Rappoport, Gidon Herschander and Gil Kuttler made aliyah Aug. 17 with 60 others from across the country as incoming lone soldiers, immigrants who serve in the Israel Defense Forces but do not have immediate family in Israel. They are traveling with Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organization that helps people make aliyah by removing the professional,… Read More

Mama’s Mundel Bread Single mother of three realizes her sweet edible dream

Jennifer Dansicker and her daughter, Audrey, prepare to put a batch of mundel bread into the oven at Rosendorff’s Artisan Bakery. (Photo by Daniel Schere)

Traditionally, mundel bread, or mandelbrot, is not always the most popular sweet Jewish delicacy, but imagine one with a fluffy, almost cakelike texture with chocolate chips buried like treasures and a generous coating of cinnamon and sugar. Baking the sweet treat has been always been a hobby for Owings Mills’ Jennifer Dansicker, but last month… Read More