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Brian Berele

Playing the kernel of American music: Brian Berele

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...