Easton Honored by NAASE

Glenn Easton, executive director of Chizuk Amuno Congregation, was recognized at the North American Association of Synagogue Executives Conference for having served 36 years as a synagogue executive director. He was previously executive director of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., and B’nai Israel Congregation in Bethesda, Md.

Scheinker Named Top Advisor

Jerry Scheinker, executive vice president/wealth management and senior partner of Scheinker Investment Partners at Janney Montgomery Scott, has been named to Barron’s 2016 list of “Top 1,200 Advisors,” published this past weekend. Scheinker, whose expertise lies in equity research and fixed income allocations, has been awarded with honors from various financial services firms and was… Read More

Hettleman Among Top 100 Women

Debra Hettleman (provided)

Building STEPS’s executive director Debra Hettleman has been named one of The Daily Record’s “Top 100 Women” for 2016. Since 1996, The Daily Record has recognized more than 1,000 high-achieving Maryland women who are making an impact through their leadership, community service and mentoring. The winners are selected by past honorees and business leaders based… Read More

Berg Honored by AAF

Jody Berg (provided)

Jody Berg, owner and CEO of Baltimore marketing agency Media Works, Ltd., has been named a recipient of the American Advertising Federation of Baltimore’s prestigious Silver Medal Award. The Silver Medal Award program was established in 1959 to recognize men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in… Read More

Baltimore Couple Brings Israeli Jews, Arabs Together

Jewish and Arab students enrolled in Achla show off their art projects. (Provided)

When Alan and Lauren Sachs made aliyah with their children from Baltimore in 2010, they wanted to find opportunities for their older kids, who are now 10 and 12, to learn Arabic. “The idea was to expose them to the language, the sounds and some basic vocabulary,” Alan said. But it was difficult to find… Read More

Beth El Congregation Creates Opportunity for All Kinds of Learners

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It’s hard to be all things to all people, but educators and clergy at Beth El Congregation are making a valiant effort. Over the past two years, the congregation has added classes for students with language-based learning differences such as dyslexia, b’nai mitzvah training for children on the autism spectrum and “sensory friendly” Shabbat services… Read More

Vehicles For Change Makes Huge Difference for Those in Need

Martin Schwartz is quick to point out that “over 70 percent of the people get better jobs with [use of] their new cars.” (Tracey Brown Photography)

Martin Schwartz, Baltimore native and president of Vehicles for Change, has high hopes for his growing business that helps ex-offenders and those less fortunate. Schwartz’s nonprofit is a virtual anti-poverty program on wheels. Its team  repairs and cleans high-quality donated cars and sells them for as little as $750 to eligible low-income families. They also… Read More

Jewish, Arab-Israeli Students Have Cross-Cultural Exchange

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Arafat Osman, a biology teacher at Arab Israeli high school Al Bian School in the Galilee, believes in coexistence. “Arabs and Jews in the  Israeli state can have a better life with coexistence, he said. “Not everyone believes in it.” That vision, coupled with like-minded neighboring Jewish Misgav School, was the backdrop for a 10-day… Read More

Italian-based Coffee Chain Brews Success with Baltimorean

Cladiu Onigoaie has a history of brewing and enjoying high-quality coffee. As a manager, he takes pride  in Filicori Zecchini’s product. (Justin Katz)

Filicori Zecchini opened for business in the Towson Town Center in December, and while the franchise focuses on coffee, the new Maryland location is making waves in the Baltimore Jewish community because of its commitment to keeping kosher. “There’s not a lot of places that are kosher in the area,” said Cladiu Onigoaie, manager at… Read More

Rosenberg, DeMarco Endorse Cohen in 1st District

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Del. Sandy Rosenberg (D-District 41) and health care advocate Vincent DeMarco endorsed Zeke Cohen, a candidate for Baltimore City’s 1st District councilman. Cohen, who runs a youth leadership nonprofit, faces Mark Edelson, Sean Flanagan, Scott Goldman, Ed Marcinko and Mark Parker on April 26 in the Democratic primary for the council seat, which is being… Read More