Abby Bennett (Provided)

You Should Know … Abby Bennett

Abby Bennett, 25, may be a native of St. Louis, but through her studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art, she has been connecting with Baltimore’s younger residents while earning her Master of Fine Arts in community arts. Bennett will graduate from MICA this May and had her hand in many projects, including one… Read More

David Alt stands with his signs on the spot where he waves to cars passing by on Park Heights Avenue. (Marc Shapiro)

Not a Gnome or a Wizard, Just a Guy Who Likes to Wave

You can’t miss him. From the PVC pipe and cinderblock contraption that displays bold-print messages such as “Shabbat Shalom,” “Happy Spring” or the occasional advertisement for Fox TV show “MasterChef Junior,” to the tangle of green mesh surrounding the area, to the array of string dolls and other homemade crafts that populate the lawn, and… Read More


Israel’s Water Pioneers

English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge might be frequently maligned through each iteration of the “water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink” quote — the slightly altered line from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” does not, unlike how its most invoked, refer to scarcity in the midst of abundance — but in a… Read More

Rep. Donna Edwards concedes the race to Rep. Chris Van Hollen. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Drama Aside, Van Hollen Bests Edwards for Mikulski’s Seat

In a race that differed more  in style and symbolism than  political positions — and in a race that many predicted would be decided by a razor-thin margin — voters in the Maryland Democratic primary left no doubt who they want to fill the Senate seat of soon-to- retire Barbara Mikulski. Rep. Chris Van Hollen,… Read More

Group meetings can help navigate the dating scene after age 50. (

Frustration After 50: Trying to Find That Dream Date

On a recent weekday morning, life coach and psychotherapist Ava Barron-Shasho pointed to the sofa in her cozy Pikesville office. “I’ve had so many people in my practice sit on that same spot on that same couch and say exactly the same words,” she said. “‘Why can’t I get a date? What’s wrong with me?… Read More

For her latest book, all Paula Shoyer had to do “was take all these recipes from my head and put them on paper.” (Daniel Schere)

‘New Passover Menu’ Serves Up More Fun

A vegetarian, Passover-keeping Jew or someone on a gluten-free diet would have been right at home on Monday during local chef Paula Shoyer’s baking demonstration at the Atrium Village assisted living facility in Owings Mills. Shoyer, a Chevy Chase resident, has written three kosher cookbooks and her newest, “The New Passover Menu,” came out last… Read More

Vice President Joe Biden received applause at the J Street Gala when he asserted that Israeli settlement expansion is “counterproductive to Israel’s security.” (Moshe Zusman Photography Studio)

Biden, Kerry Defend Administration’s Legacy at J Street Event

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry defended the Obama administration’s Middle East legacy Monday night in front of a pro-Israel audience of about 800 at the J Street Gala. Biden was booed at last month’s AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington. In contrast, the more liberal J Street audience, meeting at the… Read More

Karen Blum (fourth from right) poses for a photo in Timna Park with (from left) her uncle, Bob Chudnow; her mother, Lois Infeld; her aunt, Teri Chudnow; her husband, Jeff Blum; her uncle, David Chudnow; her cousin, Elizabeth Chudnow; Mayor Udi Gat of the Eilot Region; and park manager Hagit Gal.

The Wonders of Timna and the trip of a Lifetime

In the early 1980s, my grandfather committed to helping make Israel’s Timna Park a first-class international tourist attraction to be enjoyed by generations of visitors. Some 30 years later, I was able to witness his legacy, as my family and I dedicated the park’s new visitors’ center in March. There are several stories circulating that… Read More


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