Pull Up A Chair Podcast: One Survivor’s Story


For this episode of Pull Up A Chair we take a close look at a very delicate topic…domestic violence in our community.

We hear the personal story of survival from *Rachel, a well-known member of our community and learn from CHANA Executive Director Lauren Shaivitz about the work they are doing especially during a pandemic.

Giving Thanks for Our Baltimore Sauerkraut Tradition

When November rolls around the holiday hullabaloo is already well underway. While the majority of folks are planning Thanksgiving feasts, decorating, scheduling holiday parties, making gift-giving lists, and have sugar plum fairies on their minds, my attention is focused on tubs of simmering, bubbling, brining sauerkraut. Bundling up, I make my way over to my friend’s Charles Village row house that is the repository for the annual batch of kraut. I pull off the weights, cloths and coverings that protect and encourage the brining process that gently transforms the lowly cabbage into fresh tangy kraut.

Although homemade sauerkraut brewing may seem a thing of the past, the practice is still going strong around much of the world. In most of the cold northern climates the tradition of curing cabbage goes back to ancient times. There are few regular sources of nourishment to be had during the cold months and cabbage fashioned into sauerkraut provides a reliable source of Vitamins A and C and Potassium as well. Cabbage and kraut have even higher levels of lactobacilli, a probiotic, than yogurt and help in the digestive process. People living in remote eastern European villages may not know the exact nutritional components of kraut, but history has shown that by eating it during the winter they stay healthy. Their home brewed kraut is still used for medicinal purposes, virility, and even hangover relief. Wow – that’s some powerful stuff!

Sophie Cohen Talks About Having a Baby During COVID-19


It was April 2020 and the height of the global pandemic. Cases of COVID-19 were soaring across the state.

Fraught with stress, knowing that information about the virus was changing constantly, Sophie Cohen, who was due with her third child, knew that this time would be different. She talks about the birth of her third daughter, the added anxiety that came from making decisions when no one knew much about the virus and how different it is raising a newborn during a global health crisis.

Meet Eileen Creeger – Silver Wordsmith Writing Contest Winner


Eileen Creeger, mother of two grown sons and grandmother to four adorable grandchildren, jokingly says that after working part-time for many years in various administrative jobs she had a mid-life crisis.

Through career counseling she discovered that she loved working with words.

So, in her mid-forties, she embarked on a new career path to pursue her love of the English language. As a previous editorial research assistant for Sinai Hospital’s Cancer Institute, former executive director of the Suburban Orthodox Congregation and current blog writer through Myerberg’s Stories from the Soul, Creeger knows a thing or two about writing.

She is this year’s first place winner in her age category of The Associated and the Baltimore Jewish Times writing contest that captured the historical perspective of 2020 and the importance of our community during this time.

We sat down with Eileen to learn a little bit more about this Silver Wordsmith winner.

OSI announces 2020 Community Fellows


Open Society Institute-Baltimore announced yesterday the 2020 OSI-Baltimore Community Fellows. Each fellow will receive $60,000 over 18 months to support local projects designed to address problems in Baltimore’s underserved communities.

Baltimore Jewish Community Weighs in on What to Read This Year


It looks like a long winter is ahead, and you’ve pretty much exhausted Netflix.

Not sure what do in your spare time? Why not hunker down with a good book as the weather gets colder.

We reached out to the Baltimore Jewish community for ideas on what they are reading right now as well as some recent recommendations.

Newly launched Philanthropy Tank invites Baltimore students to become social entrepreneurs

Students competing in Philanthropy Tank with their mentors. From left to right: Emily Mayock, Dayvon Cummings, Esaiah Watson, Devin Mintz, and Jonathan Moore. Emily Mayock, program and development associate at St. Francis Neighborhood Center and Jonathan Moore, founder and CEO of Rowdy Orbit, are supporting the students in the implementation of their idea. The students will present Reducing Waste Entrepreneurship on Nov. 19.

When she was in seventh grade, Ania McNair saw a presentation by an FBI Victims Specialist that stuck with her. The Victims Specialist relayed stories of human trafficking — many involving girls Ania’s age — and Ania immediately knew she wanted to do something about it.

Ania, now in twelfth grade at Reginald Lewis High School, has been involved with initiatives to combat human trafficking in Baltimore. According to the Victims Services Committee of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, major interstates through the state and its position between several East Coast cities make it a hot spot for human trafficking. The task force’s latest data found 396 survivors of human trafficking — 124 of whom were trafficked as children — in Maryland in 2014.

Recently, while working with Baltimore nonprofit HeartSmiles, Ania gave a presentation on human trafficking entitled “Not for Sale.” When she saw an opportunity to apply for a grant to put her solutions to action from the newly launched Philanthropy Tank Baltimore, Ania applied.

Local Community Tackles Food Insecurity in Baltimore


It’s first thing on a Monday morning and the kitchen at Pearlstone is already buzzing. The Executive Chef Rebecca Pauvert, along with her culinary team, are hard at work preparing 150 quarts of tasty, nutritious soup. The soup will be picked up tomorrow – Tuesday– by the nonprofit, Baltimore Gift Economy, who will distribute it to individuals facing food insecurity who are living in the Irvington neighborhood of Baltimore City.

This week it looks like carrot soup on the menu.

Meet The Associated’s Teen Writing Contest Winners


Recently The Associated and the Baltimore Jewish Times partnered together for the My 2020 Journey Writing Contest. This contest honors The Associated’s 100th birthday, capturing the historical perspective of 2020 and the importance of community during this unprecedented time.

Get to know our youngest first place winners.

Coronavirus takes tough toll on Maryland’s Latino community


Capital News Service – Latino communities in Maryland have been particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic because of shared housing situations, lack of access to government benefits and distrust in health officials, experts told a legislative panel last month.

“I think it started in the early months with us working in essential jobs,” said Dr. Michelle LaRue, senior manager of health and social services at CASA de Maryland, an advocacy group supporting Latino and other immigrants across the state through services like employment placement, and health education.