You Should Know… Josh Pokrywka

How does a guy who grew up in Owings Mills, majored in kinesiology at the University of Maryland and works full time as a loan officer and part time for the Washington Nationals end up raising money for hungry kids by eating asparagus every day? Well, if you talk to Josh Pokrywka even for a… Read More

An Eclectic Upcoming Season at the Gordon

Fans of the arts can have a transactional experience anywhere — buy a ticket, see the show and then head home. But the goal at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts is to turn each event into an experience, whether that’s with pre-show entertainment, a Q&A with a director or actor after a film screening… Read More

Do Jews Believe in Miracles?

I found myself pondering the ideas of miracles, the power of prayer and whether or not God is an interventionist as I read Justin Silberman’s cover story this week. As you’ll read in the story, Frank Levy was distraught when his “son,” George Runkles — a young man Levy raised along with his biological daughter… Read More

Weinberg Place Marks 50 Years

Carmoletha Lomax is 79 and has lived at Weinberg Place, a senior housing complex in Northwest Baltimore, for about a year. “So far, I love it here,” she said. She plays cards and Bingo almost every day. “My husband was sick when we came in here and we didn’t have any place to go.” Her… Read More

You Should Know… Allison Fisher

Allison Fisher wasn’t always set on pursuing a career in the arts, but after taking the leap, she has never looked back. Once bitten by the creative bug, a young Fisher began exploring her newfound passion. Whether she was getting her hands dirty for a pottery project or using colorful shards of glass to create… Read More

Fasting: What to Do, What Not to Do and When to Ask for Help

At sundown on Friday, Sept. 29, Jews across the Baltimore-metro region and the Diaspora will begin a day-long fast as part of observing Yom Kippur. But what are the best ways to prepare, the best ways to break the fast on Saturday night, and when should a rabbi be consulted about how to fast while… Read More

A Perfect Match: The Stoop Joins JMM to Celebrate Jewish Weddings

Like all the best weddings, the event evoked poignant moments and laughter as the 100 or so guests gathered in the Lloyd Street Synagogue to witness, well, not a wedding, but stories about them. The Jewish Museum of Maryland’s “Just Married: Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland” exhibit paired up with The Stoop Storytelling Series to… Read More

“The Christians” Spotlights Human Angle in Faith Community Schism

Adam Gerber, the 34-year-old New Yorker portraying Associate Pastor Joshua in Center Stage’s current production of “The Christians,” didn’t hesitate to consider the role when his agent called, although he said he learned a thing or two when he began doing research for the role. Gerber, who is Jewish, grew up on Long Island and… Read More

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