People

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,...
Oriana Kelemer

You Should Know … Oriana Kelemer

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Oriana Kelemer began her education at Yeshivat Rambam, a modern Orthodox Jewish day school that used to be located on Park Heights Avenue. When...
Alycia Edwards and her family

You Should Know … Alycia Edwards

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Alycia Edwards, 34, has launched several initiatives during the pandemic. One is MOM BOD, fitness classes for moms, which she started over the summer. In...
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...
Rabbi Eric Abbott

You Should Know … Rabbi Eric Abbott

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When he was young, Rabbi Eric Abbott grew up in a “Christmas-Chanukah-type household” in Rhode Island, where his family lit Chanukah candles and had...
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...
Jacob Shack

You Should Know … Jacob Shack

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Jacob Shack, 29, is a violist in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He grew up in Boston and has been playing instruments since he was 6...
Justin B. Terry Smith

You Should Know … Justin B. Terry Smith

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By Leonard Robinson Justin B. Terry Smith, a resident of Severn, is a writer, professor, veteran and longtime activist with a special interest in LGBTQ...

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...