You Should Know… Erin Konheim Mandras

The irony is not lost on Erin Konheim Mandras. The wife, mother of three, soccer coach, motivational speaker and self- titled “Mommy Blogger” has a son with severe food allergies that, in turn, caused a feeding disorder. Mandras, as a college soccer star, developed anorexia, a dangerous eating disorder. So, mother and son share a… Read More

‘There is Hope’ JCS podcasts humanize struggles of addicts, loved ones

“Stories of loss, love and most importantly hope” are the words that introduce a new podcast series on addiction launched by Jewish Community Services on its website The series tackles the addiction crisis through unscripted conversations with real people about how addiction has affected their lives, whether as an addicted person or as a… Read More

Light Up Your Chanukah!

If you’re looking for something different to do during Chanukah, there are plenty of entertaining possibilities around the Baltimore area this season along with the more traditional celebrations and events. Chanukah begins the evening of Dec. 12 and ends the evening of Dec. 20. Let your light shine at these Chanukah events planned around the Baltimore-metro… Read More

Community Expresses Frustration with Shomrim SUV

A meeting on the distribution of Video Lottery Terminal slots funds drew roughly 100 residents, community stakeholders and city officials to Pimlico Race Course last week. Attendees had questions about the SUV that had been presented to neighborhood watch group Shomrim at a Nov. 11 event at Congregation Shomrei Emunah. Some at the meeting challenged… Read More

The Good Word at the Bible Museum Leaves Visitors Speechless

“It’s like Chuck E. Cheese and the Bible had a baby,” the guide told the visitors at the entrance of the Museum of the Bible. And the visitors, 17 supporters of an Israeli hospital about to begin a private tour of the latest attraction on the National Mall, saw that it was very good. Inside… Read More

After Surviving Harvey, Woman Distributes Needed Mezuzahs

As Hurricane Harvey swept over Houston, Chava Gal-Or counted herself lucky. The water rose up to her door and a little bit seeped in, but her home did not flood. However, many in the Reform synagogue where she works had it much worse: 29 families lost their homes — about 15 percent of the congregation’s… Read More

You Should Know … Adam Yosim

After nearly a decade as a local TV news reporter, Adam Yosim was ready for a change. But the 30-year-old Carey, N.C., native wasn’t ready to leave Baltimore or to stop telling stories for a living. Instead of moving to his fourth city since graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in… Read More

Opioid Forum Offers Information, Hope, Narcan Know-How

Of the more than 100 people who attended the community forum Confronting the Opioid Epidemic on Nov. 21 at the Edward A. Myerberg Center’s Frosburg Room, dozens stood in line to receive training in how to prevent opioid overdoses. The hands-on overdose response training from Baltimore City health officials came at the end of the… Read More

Where Comedy Lives At Magooby’s, Andrew and Marc Unger take their love of laughs seriously

’Twas the night before Thanksgiving, and while thousands of Marylanders were hitting the road to grandma’s house or staying at home brining, deep-frying or stuffing their bird, Andrew Unger was hard at work. Unger was steaming around Magooby’s Joke House, the Timonium comedy club he co-owns with his brother, Marc. There, he was commanding a… Read More

Schleifer Requested Money Be Redirected for Shomrim SUV

A letter Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer (D-District 5) sent to the mayor’s office shows that he personally requested slots money to be redirected to purchase an SUV for neighborhood watch group Baltimore Shomrim. The councilman previously told reporters he did not request the vehicle. The mayor’s office released a March 6, 2017 letter… Read More