Raising the Roof!

The pep band, front, attepmts to distract an opposing player taking a free-throw shot. (Donald “Mutt” Meritt)

Maryland fans are known for being enthusiastic. No group drives the electric atmosphere at a home game more than the University of Maryland Pep Band. Forty-five minutes before tip-off, at every men’s and women’s home basketball game, the band is ready to entertain the crowd with a binder full of popular tunes and an unwavering… Read More

Interfaith Success Jewish-backed Baltimore Catholic high school celebrates first college grads

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Four years ago, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School graduated its first class of students. This spring, the school, which though Catholic, benefits from a significant amount of Jewish funding, will celebrate the graduation of that first class from college. Dozens of Cristo Rey alumni will graduate with their four-year degrees in May, said Jessica Gregg,… Read More

Congregational Evolution Synagogues refocus to remain vital in Jewish life

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Temple Emanuel of Baltimore moved into a brand new building in Reisterstown in 1995. By the early 2000s, the synagogue was approaching 400 memberships and expanded its footprint by building a two-story education wing. As time went on, the Reform synagogue’s numbers slowly shrunk to its current 218 memberships. (A membership can be an individual… Read More

Sniffing Out a Rat

The notions of power, motivation, guilt and innocence are challenged in ‘Hamlyn,’ now playing at Fells Point Corner Theatre. (Photos Provided)

Spanish playwright Juan Antonio Mayorga’s “Hamlyn,” translated by David Johnston and directed at the intimate Fells Point Corner Theatre by Barry Feinstein, confronts the ideas of motivation and power and challenges the notions of guilt and innocence, and the thin veil that can sometimes shroud both, rendering them indecipherable at face value. The play is… Read More

‘No One Stuck Up for Us’

LONDON — Nat and her husband have always talked about moving to Israel, but the time never seemed right. The London residents had good jobs, were surrounded by friends and family, and their three kids were happy in school. Then this past summer, during the conflict between Israel and Gaza, they decided it was definitely… Read More

On Relevance, Survival

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In 2010, demographers working for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore concluded that this area accounted for 93,400 Jewish persons, a 2 percent increase from the decade before, according to a similar communitywide study done in 1999. In 1985, the statistic stood at 91,700. These numbers are nothing new, of course, as the last… Read More

Hope and Appreciation Inaugural Times of Israel Gala focuses on best, brightest

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In what was decidedly planned by organizers as a nonpolitical event, former Israeli President Shimon Peres raised eyebrows Sunday night at the inaugural Times of Israel Gala in New York City when he seemingly lambasted current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent calls for Jews under attack in Europe to settle in Israel. “Don’t come to… Read More

The Resilience of Alan Gross

Alan Gross and his wife, Judy, attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Jan. 20. (Olivier Douliery/Sipa USA/Newscom)

At The President’s State of the Union address on Jan. 20, Alan Gross raised his hand high in the air in a sign of triumph as television cameras zoomed in. At a welcome-home event at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville that same month, the man who spent five years in a Cuban prison wore a… Read More

International Guitar Night Wows Gordon Center

From left: Brian Gore, founder of International Guitar Night, Maneli Jamal, Diego Figueiredo and Andrew York. (Photo by Marc Shapiro)

When Brian Gore took the stage at the Gordon Center in Owings Mills on Saturday night, it was immediately evident the nearly sold-out crowd was in for a good show as he launched into a fast, percussive song on his acoustic guitar. Gore, the founder of International Guitar Night, continued his annual tradition of combining… Read More

Proposed Stevenson Road Chabad Faces Opposition Synagogue would serve area’s Russian Jews

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A Pikesville neighborhood is up in arms over a proposed Chabad synagogue that would be built on a three-acre property on Stevenson Road. The Ariel Jewish Center and Synagogue, a Chabad-Lubavitch congregation for Russian immigrants, plans to build a 4,000-square-foot, one-story synagogue in the 8400 block of Stevenson Road. While congregants would be excited to… Read More