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You Should Know…Yona Schaap Zalesch

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There have been a lot of discussions recently about the challenges children with disabilities face in virtual education. It’s a discussion that Yona Schaap...
Mark Gross interview Barbara Eden from “I Dream of Jeannie.” Courtesy of Gross

The Last Word: Mark Gross is the fan with all the backstage passes

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Movies can be a popular diversion from loneliness during the holiday season. We can escape our living rooms to ancient China in the new...
Lisa and Brian Jolles (David Stuck)

The Last Word: Brian and Lisa Jolles promote health and wellness for 33 years

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“There have been three moments in life where I am sure God intervened,” Brian Jolles, 61, said with absolute certainty. The first was when he...
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You Should Know…Gil Plaks

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Gil Plaks, 28, says Judaism to him means family. Plaks was raised in Reisterstown by his parents, who were immigrants from the former Soviet Union....
Howard Libit (courtesy)

The Last Word: Howard Libit goes from interviewer to interviewee

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As a liaison between Baltimore’s Jewish community and the government, Howard Libit, Baltimore Jewish Council executive director, gets to see a diverse array of...
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You Should Know…. Taylor Saval

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Last year, straight out of esthetician school, Taylor Saval landed a job at Elements of Style in Eldersberg. Once the pandemic erupted, spas had...
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You Should Know…Stephen Knable

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Stephen Knable, 39, of Pikesville, has spent every holiday of his life at Chizuk Amuno Congregation. Knable is the Mid-Atlantic regional political director for AIPAC....
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You Should Know…McKenna Bates

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Towson University Hillel’s newest Israel engagement associate, McKenna Bates, is also a Girl Scout. Bates lives in Severn, and though she moved a lot as...
Esther Rosenfeld

You Should Know…Esther Rosenfeld

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Queen Esther from the Torah inspired local Esther Rosenfeld to be a queen in her own right. “Everyone wants to be a princess, but what...
Justin Regan (Courtesy of Regan)

You Should Know…Justin Regan

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Pretty much all Justin Regan knew of Maryland before he moved here was the concept of “Maryland kosher,” where some Jews make an exception...