Neely Snyder Remembered for Dedication, Passion Pearlstone Center program director, mother of three, died in car crash

Neely Snyder

Although her life was cut short, Neely Tal Snyder’s impact was felt in Baltimore’s Jewish community and beyond. The wife, mother of three daughters, advocate and educator died in a car crash Monday morning at the age of 37. “She felt so strongly about the things that were important to her,” said Autumn Sadovnik, a… Read More

Reisterstown Native Refines Her Path Through AVODAH Rottenberg enters dental school with new perspective on her chosen career

Jenn Rottenberg is wrapping up a year of service with AVODAH prior to dental school. (Provided)

When Jenn Rottenberg had to figure out what to do with a year between college and dental school, she found what she was looking for in AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. The Washington, D.C.-based arm of the organization would allow her to spend a year in social action work in the medical field. Her year… Read More

Becoming a Jew … again ‘Shrek 2’ screenwriter brings his story of rediscovery to Baltimore

David Weiss (Provided)

Jews for Judaism, the organization that works to strengthen and preserve Jewish identity through education, will launch its social organization for young Jewish professionals, J-Alliance, on Aug. 11. The event — Why Pray When You Can Party? — features screenwriter David Weiss at the University of Maryland, Baltimore SMC Campus Center. Weiss, whose credits include… Read More

A Garden for the Future Temple Isaiah congregant pushes green initiative


Several years ago Temple Isaiah’s grounds were little more than turf and parking lot, but through the efforts of Betsy Singer and the Sacred Grounds committee that she chairs, the grounds have been transformed both aesthetically and environmentally. Singer, who has been described as a driving force behind the initiative, says her primary motivation is… Read More

Celebration of Life, Four Centenarians


FutureCare Lochearn held a celebration of life on July 31 for four of its special residents: Frances Smeyne, 100; Maxine Gray, 100; Emma Ennis, 100 and Elce Caldwell, 103. The four were joined by about 50 others including fellow residents, friends and family for food, dancing and poetry. As a part of the event, family… Read More

Coming Together LGBT discussion at Enoch Pratt led by change-makers


Yitz Jordan, whose stage name is Y-love, has seen hate, prejudice and racism throughout his life, but when he and several other LGBT activists shared their stories in Baltimore on July 21, the negative wasn’t the focus of their discussion. “Taking a negative and making it a learning experience,” said Jordan, “[People have heard] a… Read More

Believing in Baltimore City students express feelings about unrest with help from renowned musicians

From left: Believe in Music students Caprice Martin, Taniyah Kutcherman, Yamaudi Pinder and Amira Winchester. (J.M. Giordano)

When Baltimore City saw riots and looting following the death of Freddie Gray in April, Believe in Music founder Kenny Liner was scared for his students and spent the night fighting the urge to hop in his car to make sure they all were OK. The Living Classrooms program, which aims to uplift Baltimore’s inner… Read More