Recently The Associated and the Baltimore Jewish Times partnered together in honor of The Associated’s 100th birthday to capture the historical perspective of 2020 and the importance of our community during this time period with the My 2020 Journey Writing Contest.

In our Budding Authors category (ages 20 to 34) the brother and sister team of Tobias Vogelstein (age 28) and Atara Vogelstein (age 27) took home first and second place respectively.

We wanted to find out more about this dynamic and creative duo.

What prompted you to enter the My 2020 Journey Writing Contest?

Tobias: I hadn’t been taking part in all the other COVID-related writing prompts, so when my mom told me about this one, I identified with its connection to our Jewish community and thought I might as well try expressing my view. Also, my sister Atara was worried that she should not enter if I was going to, but I guess I needed to show her that even if we both entered, there was no way our pieces would be similar.

Atara: My mom! Debbie Vogelstein. To say she is an active member of the Baltimore Jewish community is an understatement. She’s also an avid reader of the JT and forwarded both me and my brother the contest details.

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