Two Firms Join to Form Foundry19

2fold Collective, a design and brand consulting firm, and Foxtrot Media, Inc., a Web development and website hosting firm, have joined forces to form Foundry19.

2fold Collective, founded in 2012 by Bryna Colley and Rebecca Biello, is a Baltimore-based creative firm that specializes in seamlessly integrating with internal marketing efforts, delivering ongoing creative support when and where companies need it most. Its growing reputation for unique digital design and writing for the Web led them to seek a Web development partner that could execute their designs with superior accuracy.

Foxtrot Media, Inc., founded by Brian Singer in 2005, specializes in custom-built WordPress websites and hosts and maintains more than 120 WordPress sites for clients. Its reputation as a firm that can quickly and efficiently build custom, pixel- perfect solutions makes Foxtrot the perfect complement to 2fold in this joint venture.

During the past three years, Foxtrot and 2fold have partnered on multiple websites for a variety of clients including Johns Hopkins Health Care, Friends School of Baltimore, Greenspring Associates and DataNetworks.

Sholk Elected to AABGU Board

Baltimore resident and venture capitalist Bruce Sholk was elected to the board of directors of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Sholk is president and managing partner of the venture capital firm Axcel Partners.

“Bruce’s long-term commitment to Hillel International, JAFI and the Jewish federation system has benefited people in Baltimore, his home community, as well as people throughout the United States, Israel and countries around the world,” said AABGU president Toni Young.

Sholk served as the chair of the executive committee of Hillel International and serves on its board. He is the past board chair of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

He is a founding board member of Tamid, a campus-based organization that connects students to Israel through their interest in business. Sholk is deputy chair of the Israel Engagement Committee for the Jewish Agency for Israel and served on its board of governors from 2005 to 2013. Sholk also served on the boards of Camp Shoresh and Capital Camps and was a longtime board member of the Jewish Federations of North America.

Brimrose Wins Grant

The Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation, a program funded by the U.S. and Israeli governments, has awarded Sparks-based Brimrose Corporation and Israeli partner File X a $1.6 million, two-year grant to develop a new generation of hyperspectral imagers. One potential application is identifying oil spills in the ocean.

The joint program, entitled “Real-Time AOTF-based Hyperspectral Imaging System for Pollution Detection,” relies heavily on foundational technology Brimrose has developed over the years using its Acousto-Optic Tunable Filter technology, which offers wavelength scanning speeds of up to 16,000 wavelengths per second yet has the ability to precisely focus in on one wavelength.

File X, based in Ness Ziona, Israel, is providing advanced software for the project, which will allow the new instrument to match the real-time wavelength image with images from a database built into it.

The award was highlighted as part of a recent trip by Gov. Larry Hogan to Israel. David Trudil, who directs Brimrose’s Biotech Division, was a member of the delegation.

Rockower Named MedChi President

MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society, swore in its new president on Sept. 24 at the fall House of Delegates meeting. Dr. Stephen Rockower is the society’s 169th president.

Rockower will work to increase participation of physicians from across the state in medical society affairs by promoting the use of interactive, Web-based video and audio technology. In addition, he will continue the efforts of his predecessors, Drs. Tyler Cymet and Brooke Buckley, in promoting the health and welfare of the residents of Maryland through programs such as Opioid Control, Sugar Free Kids and Tobacco Cessation. One of his principal goals is to combat burnout in physicians, residents and medical students.

Rockower graduated from Muhlenberg College and received his M.D. from Temple University. He did his internship and residency in orthopedics at George Washington University, finishing his chief residency at George Washington and the Washington Hospital Center.

Rockower, a partner in Capitol Orthopedics and Rehabilitation in Rockville, Md., specializes in joint replacements, including partial knee replacements and reconstructive surgery.

UMD Cancer Centers Recognized

The University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center have been recognized by the National Pancreas Foundation for their treatment and care of patients with pancreatic cancer. The two hospitals, both part of the University of Maryland Medical System and its University of Maryland Cancer Network, are the only two in Maryland to be designated as NPF Centers for their expertise in treating pancreatic cancer.

NPF Centers are premier health care facilities that focus on multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatic cancer, treating the “whole patient” with a view toward the best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life. Pancreatic cancer is one of the more difficult cancers to treat, and patients benefit from receiving a multidisciplinary team approach to care.

People coping with pancreatic cancer or other pancreatic disorders often face inconsistencies in the level of care they receive. An NPF Center designation helps facilitate the development of high-quality, multidisciplinary care approaches for the field. Designated centers seek to advance research and lead the way for heightened awareness and understanding of pancreatic cancer among community physicians, allied health professionals, patients, families and the general public.

Science Center Receives $1.5M Gift

The Maryland Science Center has announced a $1.5 million gift from Baltimore philanthropist Mary Catherine Bunting to fund and expand its Ready, Set, Go Science program, a year-long community outreach initiative serving preschoolers in Baltimore City Head Start.

Through Ready, Set, Go Science, MSC develops science-based kindergarten readiness in children ages 3 to 5 with eight monthly visits to Head Start classrooms. The program provides hands-on, inquiry-based science experiences, at-home enrichment opportunities and teacher workshops.

Baltimore City Head Start is a federally funded early-development program for low-income children and families.

The gift from Mary Catherine Bunting allows the MSC to expand Ready, Set, Go Science by 10 classrooms and 170 children in Baltimore, reaching a total of 83 classrooms and 1,400 students a year. These are two-thirds of all the children in Baltimore City who participate in the Head Start program. The MSC-developed curriculum is now delivered through 664 total classroom visits and take-home activities.

The gift also supports Family Nights in which Ready, Set, Go Science students and their families enjoy an evening at the Maryland Science Center with free admission.

Gordon Feinblatt Names New Members

Baltimore law firm Gordon Feinblatt LLC has announced that Jonathan Montgomery and Michael Ziccardi were elected as members of the firm.

Montgomery is a member of the health care and technology and intellectual property practices. His health care practice includes providing counsel to physicians, physician group practices, insurers, hospitals, non-hospital health care facilities and other health care entities regarding various business and regulatory matters.

Ziccardi is a member of the personal injury practice. He focuses his practice on personal injury matters and related litigation including representing plaintiffs in actions including motor vehicle collisions, premises liability incidents, pool drownings and animal attacks.

Christopher Rahl was named chair of the firm’s financial services group. He works with businesses in the financial services industry, providing legal advice concerning compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations applicable to financial institutions and FinTech providers; transactional matters; corporate governance issues; and litigation avoidance and management. He counsels clients in connection with lending, deposit, debt relief, credit service business, money transmission and privacy issues.

Twenty-five of the firm’s lawyers were named to the 2017 Best Lawyers in America list. Ned Himmelrich, chair of the firm’s intellectual property and technology practice group, was named 2017 Baltimore Lawyer of the Year for information technology law. Lawrence Greenwald, senior members of the firm’s litigation practice group, was named 2017 Baltimore Lawyer of the Year in arbitration. Michael Powell, managing member and COO, was named 2017 Baltimore Lawyer of the Year in environmental litigation.

Gartner Named Ambassador of the Year

Randy Gartner, who runs advertising company Integrated Marketing Services, has been named Howard County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year.

“We help clients sort through the maze of advertising options available so that [they]can focus on running [their] business,” he said in a statement.

A University of Maryland graduate, Gartner is a longtime Howard County resident with his wife Judy. They have two daughters who are both registered nurses. Gartner is a graduate for Leadership Howard County’s class of 2006 and is a third-degree mason.

Trialogue Series Brings Muslim, Jewish, Christian Communities Together

Rabbi Jessy Gross, director of Charm City Tribe, speaks about her organization, which aims to engage millennials in Jewish life outside of typical Jewish settings. (Photo by David Stuck)

Rabbi Jessy Gross is one of three clergy members hosting events as part of the Interfaith Trialogue. (Photo by David Stuck)

Baltimore residents will have the opportunity to learn more about their Muslim, Jewish and Christian neighbors over the next few months as part of an Interfaith Trialogue Series sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council.

The BJC has partnered with the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore, Church on the Square and JCC senior director of Jewish life Rabbi Jessy Gross for the three-part series, each part of which will take place in a different house of worship led by a clergy member. The series kicks off on Nov. 20 with Imam Tariq Najee-Ullah leading a discussion at the Muslim Community Cultural Center.

“We are really trying to target those members of our communities who are under 40 about their interests and involvement,” said Najee-Ullah. “We do not know everything about one another. One of our biggest motivations with this conversation is to get people to escape the bubbles of their own communities and branch out. That is why we are changing the house of worship for every discussion.”

Sunday’s event will provide attendees the opportunity to tour a mosque as well as listen to the imam give an overview of the tenets of Muslim faith. Additionally, the event includes a food drive for members of the local community.

“This is the time to ask any questions that you have about Muslims and Islam,” Najee-Ullah said. “The election results have made it clear how little we know about each other. We need to actively work to bring people together and eliminate ignorance within all of our communities, and the current political climate is all the more reason to unite.”

Gross will be leading a workshop in March at the Owings Mills JCC as the second part of the series. Her workshop will include a performance of “Stories from the Fringe,” a play about women who have become rabbis. “It will be a great opportunity to give people who come an insight into my own Judaism, which motivates my following of tradition,” she said.

“We have been meeting monthly for the past year and a half,” Gross added in explaining how the trialogue came together. “Back in May we held our first public gathering and invited participants to join the conversation that we were having with each other, which centered around how being a person of faith and religious traditions can help strengthen our ties to each other and instill our values in the next generation.”

Although it is a topic that they wish to keep discussing, the first meeting was difficult to lead — “none of us still think it is a good idea to bring together a group of 30 people who have never met and ask them to speak with and challenge each other on such a subject as religion,” she said.
However, it was obvious that everyone who showed up wanted an experience that they had not had before. Setting up the trialogue was the perfect opportunity to bring interested individuals together in a more controlled and constructive environment.

“We want to make it more common for people to interact in places of different faiths,” Gross said. “That way we can create an opportunity for people who do not know each other to come together and learn what the other is all about.”

“We want this to be a constructive conversation, not a lecture,” she added. “It gives us the opportunity to express what the particularities and interpretations there are in our different religions that make each so rich. We want to promote participation with other faiths.”

Najee-Ullah also expressed a desire to get the community actively involved in service work as well as discussions. “We want to do actual service and eliminate ignorance of one another.”

Najee-Ullah and the other faith leaders are currently in discussions about beginning a nonprofit organization in Baltimore solely for interfaith service work within local communities.

For more information on the Interfaith Trialogue, visit

Yeshiva University Appoints Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman as New President


Dr. Ari Berman

Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman was appointed Wednesday as the new president of Yeshiva University, the school’s board of trustees announced.

Berman, who will be the university’s fifth president, begins his tenure in July 2017. He is a university graduate.

He succeeds Richard M. Joel, who became president in 2003.

“Yeshiva University, with its distinct mission and singular ability to teach how to integrate the world around us within our Torah lives, is uniquely positioned to educate the next generation of students and enable them to capitalize on the blessings of this era,” Berman said.

Berman now leads Hechal Shlomo – Jewish Heritage Center in Jerusalem and is transforming “the historic organization into an international modern Orthodox center for Jewish life, learning and leadership,” according to the university.

In addition, Berman is a lecturer of rabbinic literature in Herzog College’s Department of Jewish Studies. He also sits on the college’s Executive Leadership Council.

Before moving to Israel, Berman was rabbi at The Jewish Center in New York City and a Talmud instructor at the Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash Program at Yeshiva College.

“Rabbi Berman is a dynamic and inspirational leader, scholar and educator,” said YU Chairman Moshael J. Straus, who led the selection committee. “He possesses a deep, life-long commitment to our mission and is a superb choice to lead Yeshiva University forward with excellence.”