Masterpiece Theater

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Love, war, art, celebrity, heroism and intrigue. “Diary of an Art Dealer,” a journal by the late Rene Gimpel, has all the elements of a great story, a fact that was not lost on filmmakers Lillian Bowers and Brian Plow. The Baltimore-based duo are currently at work on a documentary called “Pentimento” about Gimpel, a… Read More

Dance Dance Revolution

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The Baltimore Zionist District welcomed the Tzofim (Israel Scouts) for several days of music and Israeli fun. The teens — dressed in scouting garb and armed with microphones, stellar voices and killer dance moves — traveled through the area bringing the Israeli spirit to young and old. The Tzofim traveling program is an Israeli youth program… Read More

Top Story

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Jews are known as the people of the book. But we are also the people of the story. “Our Bible is the written-down version of hundreds of thousands of stories,” said Noa Baum, an award-winning storyteller, noting the Jewish pairing of Torah Shebichtav (written law) with Torah Shebaal Peh (oral law). “The Talmud is years… Read More

Rethinking Roosevelt

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In their recently released book, “FDR and the Jews”, Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman, both history professors at American University, utilize hundreds of new sources and years of historical research to present a balanced view of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Breitman had previously written about Roosevelt but was frustrated by the lack of documentation… Read More

The Holocaust Messenger Who Confronted FDR

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Seventy years ago on July 28, an eyewitness to the Nazi atrocities against Europe’s Jews brought the horrifying news directly to the most powerful man on earth. It was the moment that President Franklin D. Roosevelt came face to face with the Holocaust. By the time he was 26, Polish underground member Jan Karski had… Read More

Respect The Song

(Photos by Justin Tsucalas)

The music industry isn’t what it used to be. With an ever-increasing focus on digital platforms for everything from recording music to advertising live performances to engaging fans, all aspects of the industry have had to adapt to emerging trends and technology. The industry’s transition has had its up and downs, too. Making an album,… Read More

Play With Your Food

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With a name like “Planet Egg,” it has got to be wacky and wonderful. The outlandish, other-worldly production from PuppetCinema, a company founded by Israeli puppeteer, actor and filmmaker Zvi Sahar, is headed for Baltimore’s Theatre Project from July 25 to 28. “I like to say that ‘Planet Egg’ is an amalgam of live puppetry,… Read More

The Circus Life

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Kaely Michels-Gualtieri’s mother, Dia Michels, jokes that her daughter somersaulted out of the womb. Now 23, Michels-Gualtieri soars 35 feet in the air from hanging ropes, self-designed trapezes and other assorted apparatus as an aerial performer in Cirque Italia. This family-friendly, modern European-style circus, which has been described as “Bellagio meets Broadway,” sets up its… Read More

Inspiration

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It’s a message ahavas Yisrael, love for a fellow Jew. It’s a call for action and a celebration of our actions. The second film by Rabbi Hanoch Teller, “Reb Elimelech and the Chasidic Legacy of Brotherhood,” is a 63-minute documentary detailing the rise of the Chassidic movement, the master Reb Elimelech M’Lizhensk and the outcome… Read More

Jewish Music Forever

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Baltimore native Larry Chernikoff isn’t especially interested in music. What does interest him greatly is preserving Jewish heritage. A collector of kosher dinner and silverware services from steamships, Chernikoff, 60, has now dedicated himself to the collection of Jewish music recordings. It started last year when Chernikoff, a Ranchleigh resident, was helping his mother move… Read More