YJSB Leadership Commitee
Rabbi Yaakov is a native Baltimorean who is passionate about the local Jewish community. He loves great conversations, and you'll likely find him wrapping someone in Tefillin or approaching people on the street to give them one of Chana's delicious Challah's.
Chana is a proud Baltimore resident via Montreal, QC. She is an energizer bunny and an incredible baker! On a typical Wednesday, you'll find Chana meeting with friends in a local coffee shop or planning the next fabulous event.
Ali is a native Pikesvillian and is now a proud resident of Federal Hil. She is passionate about working with and supporting children/students with learning or other disabilities that impact performance/achievement in school.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going out to restaurants and bars, watching tv, going to the gym, and napping!
"I am excited to be a part of YJSB because it gives me a sense of community and connection similar to the Jewish community in Pikesville. I attended Jewish day school my whole life and loved it, and Chabad of SoBo gives me that same feeling of comfortability, connection, and community. I am excited to hopefully share that feeling with other young Jewish individuals in the area!"
Marcelo Grosberg is a native Pikesvillian and now resides in the Riverside neighborhood of South Baltimore since 2018. He works for the Segall Group, a real estate firm specializing in retail leasing and sales in the mid-Atlantic.
His passions include spending quality time with family and friends, following/playing soccer, and traveling.
"I'm excited about being a part of YJSB as it gives me a sense of connection in the Jewish community that I haven't felt since graduating from high school. Chabad of SoBo has been so welcoming to my friends and me, and I'm excited about contributing to their efforts to connect young Jewish professionals in Baltimore."
Jacob Ansbacher is the Vice President of Business Development for PSG Lending and a residential investor in Baltimore City. Jacob has expertise in construction/bridge lending for Industrial and Multifamily assets with more than $50M in loans originated and managed. Jacob Ansbacher is an active member of YJSB.
Erika is originally from Atlanta, GA. She loves sports, cooking, staying active, and being outdoors! When Erika moved here in the summer of 2021, she began to explore the city in search of good food, fun ways to meet people, & outlets for Jewish life, and she found it all at YJSB.
"The first time the Kaplan's welcomed me at a Shabbat Social dinner, I felt a spark within this community that I wanted to share with every Jewish friend I had made in this city. Over the past few months, Chana & Rabbi Yaakov have encouraged new ideas & put on amazing events. Every time I leave feeling so fulfilled- physically with Chana's amazing food, spiritually, & in my heart as I'm building my "Baltimore family."
I am SO excited to be a part of the brand new Young Jewish South Baltimore Leadership committee to help grow & expand our amazing community."
Katy & Yossi Lichterman
Katy and Yossi Lichterman moved to Baltimore in 2018 when Katy began her medical residency. Katy is an anesthesiologist, and Yossi works in journalism. They have loved getting to know the South Baltimore Chabad community and are excited to meet new people. They live in Otterbein with their cat, Fred, and their dog, Charley.
Andrew Schwartz is a local Pikesville native who now lives downtown in the Ridgley’s Delight neighborhood. He moved back to Baltimore to attend the University of Maryland Medical School, where he is a first-year medical student.
His passions include anything Baltimore/Maryland sports-related, outdoor activities like hiking and camping, and listening to live music/ concerts.
“It is such a gift to be a part of an incredibly warm and welcoming young Jewish community like YJSB. From intimate Shabbat dinners to large community events, Chabad of SoBo provides something meaningful and enjoyable for young Jewish professionals of all types. I cannot wait to continue to be inspired and connect with other passionate Jews here in Baltimore!”