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Brian Berele

Playing the kernel of American music: Brian Berele

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By Bob Jacobson Pikesville native Brian Berele, 64, majored in history at William & Mary college in Virginia. Though his passion for history endured,...
Michelle Bar-av

Michelle Bar-av is lifted up by community

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Jewish community has been a lifesaver for Michelle Bar-av and her family. When her daughter, Lilah Henderson, was diagnosed with cancer when she was 13,...

Thinking eclectic thoughts: Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan

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By Eric Schucht Two years ago, BB&T Bank and SunTrust Bank merged into a single entity: Truist Bank. Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan took note of the...
Debbie Schwartzman

The JCC lady: Debbie Schwartzman

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Sometimes, when Debbie Schwartzman, 65, is out at the store, community members recognize her as “the JCC lady.” Schwartzman worked as part of the JCC...

All that jazz: Mitch Mirkin

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By Bob Jacobson The annals of American jazz are filled with the names of Jewish players, composers, writers and business people. Yet, in the jazz...

Playing matchmaker: Barry Bogage

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When Barry Bogage became the first executive director of the Maryland Israel Development Center, he accepted the task of working toward economic growth and...
Ken Moss

Living in Yiddish: Ken Moss

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On a recent Wednesday afternoon, Ken Moss, 46, watched two of his kids participate in a virtual Yiddish performance, then he hopped onto a...
Avi Meyerstein

Fostering peace in the Middle East: Avi Meyerstein

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By Lisa Woolfson Within the more than 5,000 pages of the budget bill was a few pages establishing an international fund for Israeli-Palestinian peace, with...
Maryrita Wieners

Keeping faith: Maryrita Wieners

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By Tony Glaros Growing up in the Philadelphia of the 1960s, where it wasn’t uncommon to find as many as five Catholic churches within a...

Making history: Marvin Pinkert

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A changing of the guard is underway at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, as the current executive director, Marvin Pinkert, is retiring. A resident of...