‘Watch My Back’ Olim contributing to Israeli society

Naomi Brounstein (left) and Vivi Mann founded Ten Gav, a charitable 
organization that relies on crowdfunding to assist those in need.

Baltimore native Vivi Mann and Naomi Brounstein of Ontario, Canada, both made aliyah more than two decades ago with different motivations, but they have joined forces to create Ten Gav, a charitable organization that aims to empower donors and recipients by establishing personal connections. The Hebrew expression ten gav, meaning “watch my back,” is commonly… Read More

A Blessing in Rising Water New Orleans resident — and Baltimore native — reflects on the flood of local support 10 years after Katrina

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Ten years later, the expression, gam zu l’tovah  — roughly translated as “even this is for the good” — seems to hold water in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, particularly in the Jewish community. And gam zu l’tovah would not be my own mantra, were it not for the generosity of Baltimore’s Jewish community. My husband,… Read More

Out of a financial hole Central Scholarship’s board chair offers generous award for students with debt

From left: Central Scholarship President Jan Wagner, Board Chairman Ira 
Wagner, Student Loan Pay-Down Award winner Raymond Major and Ellen Dame 
and David Rothschild, both descendants of founder Moses Rothschild, were at the Central Scholarship Awards ceremony on Aug. 5.

Raymond Major’s winning number had only been partially announced at the Central Scholarship annual awards ceremony on Aug. 5, but that was enough to warrant an enthusiastic roar. The 2014 University of Maryland, Baltimore County graduate had just won $30,000 that would go toward paying off his college-education debt. “For some reason the first song… Read More

Pray for Victory? It can be a problem for Jews when the Ravens’ first game falls on one of the year’s most important holidays

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When the sky goes dark on Sept. 13, most Jews will flock to synagogue to begin the annual ritual of celebrating Rosh Hashanah. But some will likely be sitting on their couch, enjoying beer and pizza while watching their beloved Ravens open the season in Denver against the Broncos. “It’s going to be one of… Read More

Pet Friendly Two Columbia Jewish Congregation kids put 4-H livestock skills to the test

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Ian Quill, 12, and Hayley Russell, 10, from Columbia Jewish Congregation showed off their rabbit and chicken, respectively, at the 70th annual Howard County Fair, which ended its one-week run on Aug. 15. Both of them began raising their animals as a part of 4-H, a national youth development program focused on providing children with… Read More

A Cultural Connection Program gives American teachers valuable interaction with underprivileged Israeli students

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A group of 70 American teachers have returned from a month-long trip to Israel, where they taught English to 2,500 underprivileged Israeli children through the summer educational program, TALMA. “TALMA creates three unique experiences that make this program so special,” said Alon Futterman, the program’s CEO. It is “an opportunity for Israeli children to advance… Read More

Citron Coming to Quarry Lake Local officials break ground on Levine’s newest culinary endeavor

From left: County Councilwoman Vicki Almond, Richie Blue, Tom Obrecht, Dan Benedix, Del. Dana Stein, owner Charles Levine, Del. Dan Morhaim, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Del. Shelley Hettleman break ground for Citron last month.

About 150 people, including several local elected officials, gathered last month at Quarry Lake at Greenspring to break ground for Charles Levine’s first permanent venture in the restaurant industry, Citron, which is scheduled to open next summer. Citron will feature contemporary American cuisine along with a full bar, outdoor patio and deck seating on the… Read More

Pals with Paws in Pikesville Baltimore natives team up to open Valley Dog and Cat Hospital

Dr. Shani Scherr (left) and Dr. Amanda Morgan have joined forces to open Valley Dog and Cat Hospital.

When Dr. Shani Scherr, 36, left her job at Liberty Animal Clinic in Randallstown, and after struggling with her organic chemistry and physics course at Towson University, she had no intention of pursuing veterinary medicine. Despite working at the clinic for several years while attending high school and college, she started researching other career paths…. Read More