Sipping & Swirling with CITYPEEK

Baltimore’s CITYPEEK now features a new wine education club called Sip & Swirl, which spotlights social get-togethers organized online. CITYPEEK is an online source for hospitality, food, wine and social-media trends. Sip & Swirl grew from CITYPEEK founder and CEO Patti Neumann’s desire to share her own enthusiasm for wines and spirits.

Missionaries Descend On Baltimore … Again

They’re back. No, not the cicadas — although, for many, the obnoxious cyclical insect may be just as aggravating. For the second consecutive spring, missionaries dispatched and trained by Israel Restoration Ministries (IRM) are blanketing the Baltimore-metro area with DVDs and booklets aimed at persuading Jews to accept Jesus as their lord and savior.

Empty Chairs: Why Some Schools Close While Others Open


Students across Baltimore are finishing up their academic year, eager for a little fun and sun after 10 months of classroom learning. For many, it’s a time of celebration. For others, reflection. And while most of Baltimore’s schools will spend the summer cleaning house and preparing for another year, some will be shuttering their windows… Read More

Award-Winning Couple Shares Secrets To Success


Dear Reader: Before we go further, here’s some background. This article was supposed to be a profile on Joshua Friedman, an impressive young man whose story — the abridged version — is below. The son of a cantor and an audiologist, Friedman, who moved to Silver Spring at 13 and attended Yeshiva of Greater Washington,… Read More

MIDC Cyber Security Forum Offers Chance For Israeli Companies To Meet Investors, Build Partnerships

“We’re always looking for innovative partners,” said Ed Jaehne, chief strategy officer for KeyW Corporation. It’s for that reason that Jaehne — and about 100 other local entrepreneurs and investors — showed up on May 29 to the Maryland/Israel Development Center’s Cyber Security Forum. The event, which took place in the Health Sciences Building at… Read More

In The Air

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The message of Passover, 
Rabbi Sarah Schechter is quick to point out, is freedom.

As Sarah Schechter watched the twin towers fall in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, she immediately decided to join the military. The fact that she was already married and attending rabbinical school didn’t change her mind one bit. “I realized how important our military is to protect us, to keep us safe, to keep… Read More

‘Inline’ For A Challenge

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On July 31, Sheldon “Shlomo” Caplan will participate in the fourth annual Bike4Chai — on inline skates.

Departing from Asbury Park, N.J., on July 31, Pikesville resident Sheldon “Shlomo” Caplan will be one of approximately 300 people taking part in Bike4Chai, a two-day bike ride that raises funds for Chai Lifeline, a nationwide organization that provides care services for terminally ill children. Like his cohorts, Caplan will experience the grind of a… Read More

Now Trending Among Jewish Professionals

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DFI’s leadership summit talked “Playlist Judaism.”

Playlist Judaism. That was the title of Dr. Kerry Olitzky’s presentation to approximately 125 Jewish communal professionals and lay leaders gathered for the Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development at the Weinberg Center’s  Professional Leadership Summit at Temple Oheb Shalom on May 21. But there were no iPods, klezmer bands or song leaders on… Read More

Citizenship. Community. Economics.

Students and staff from Bais Yaakov School For Girls spent a day at BizTown, where the girls were challenged to learn skills that at first may seem irrelevant to sixth-graders but may be very relevant within the next five years.

How can a Bank of America office, a CareFirst office, a Toyota Financial Services office and the Baltimore Business Journal fit into a 10,000-square-foot facility? Answer: BizTown. A program of the nonprofit Junior Achievement of Central Maryland’s Owings Mills headquarters, BizTown grants students the opportunity to learn real-life lessons outside the classroom. It is also… Read More

Dialogue Is Understanding

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Rabbi David Rosen says interfaith dialogue is more crucial than ever. 
He will speak at Beth El as part of the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies 25th anniversary celebration on June 5.

Wow! What a resume! Rabbi David Rosen is international director of interreligious affairs of the American Jewish Committee and its Heilbrunn Institute for International Interreligious Understanding, a past chairman of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, a former chief rabbi of Ireland, a papal knight and a Commander of the British Empire. And now,… Read More