Muscle Men


JCC trainers practice what they preach! Blake Piesto (left) won third place in the Maryland State Powerlifting Competition, setting a personal record with a 220-pound bench press. Yaakov Bar Am snatched third place at the NPC Philadelphia Body Building Championships in the 40-plus Masters Physique Division.

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Harel and Randi Turkel, along with their two  children, enjoyed a  behind-the-scenes tour of Oriole Park at  Camden Yards as part of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s IMPACT and PJ Library event.  The family made  matzoh-themed pillows following the tour. (Photo provided)

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To commemorate Passover, Krieger Schechter second-grade students imagined what it would have been like for the Israelites rushing to make their matzoh before beginning their journey out from Egypt. The  students shaped their own matzoh dough  without the luxury of rolling pins and baked  it on an open fire. (Photo provided)



Brothers of the Tau Mu Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi, the Jewish fraternity  at Towson University,  organized an Israel Week from April 4 to April 8.  The celebration included the “Stand with Us IDF Tour,” a group of former  40 students at Towson  University listened, as Ilana (second from right) and Itai (third from right)… Read More



Baltimore Hebrew  Congregation  Brotherhood volunteers (from left)  Diane  Bravmann, Sydney  Johnson, Sidney  Bravmann, Jessica Harris, Bruce Harris, Ben Dubin and Elliot Rosen served breakfast at Manna House on Sunday, March 27. Manna House offers assistance and support to the homeless and needy in Baltimore, which  include services that  contribute toward their independence.

Out & About | Baltimore Buds

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  On March 12, Congregation B’nai Tzedek of Potomac, Md., held a party for its Baltimore congregants at the home of Mark and Robyn (Brown) Futrovky. Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt and approximately 25 Baltimore natives and their spouses participated. The Oriole Bird even made a surprise appearance to the delight of the guests.

Out & About | Miriam’s Party

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Miriam Jacobson (center) hosted a Miriam’s Cup Passover Craft Party with Jennifer Millman and her daughter, Jess Millman. Each made a cup in honor of some of the important women in their lives.

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CHARITY DRIVEN: From left: Zach Ram, retired NBA player Harvey Grant, Yitzi Teichman, Jeremy Friedman and Andrew Schwartz. Grant came out to the Owings Mills JCC to coach the White Mambas in the Teen Giving Initiative’s charity basketball tournament on March 27. Teichman, one of the players, met Grant at a Starbucks and asked him… Read More

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PERFECT FORM: With more than 40,000 fans looking on, state Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-District 11) throws out the first pitch before the Orioles’ Camden Yard opener on April 4 against the Minnesota Twins. Zirkin brought the team good luck, as Matt Wieter’s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Birds a 3-2… Read More

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TANGO FOR TWO: Yonatan Grinberg on violin with his wife, Andrea Grinberg, on cello (pictured) performed during the Chamber Encounters series at the Gordon Center for its second seasonal concert “It Takes Two To Tango.” Local musician Sarah Lowenstein joined them, as did South African cellist Jacques-Pierre Malan, in a series of string duos. The… Read More