National Hillel Basketball Tournament Scores Record Numbers

Board members are all smiles after another successful tournament. The National Hillel Basketball  Tournament is student-run and had 18 board members this year. (Lisa Appelbaum of Photography By Lisa)

Bringing in more than 2,400 Jewish collegiate basketball players, coaches and fans from around the country requires an ambitious checklist: 18 go-getting students willing to balance their lives with the details and work required to host a competitive tournament; a concert featuring  Matisyahu and Nadim Azzam; and a seemingly infinite supply of Gatorade. The National… Read More

Anat Hoffman’s Words on Equality, Prayer Resonate with Area Supporters

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Although Baltimore Hebrew Congregation members Phyllis Lederman, Karan Engerman and Helene Waranch and Beth El Congregation member Sheila Derman have heard Anat Hoffman’s impassioned words before, they weren’t about to miss her speaking again, this time at Temple Oheb Shalom last month. Hoffman is executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center, the legal and… Read More

The Universality of Loss: ‘Falling Out of Time’ World Premiere

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There is assuredly no pain greater than losing a child. Israeli novelist and public intellectual David Grossman lost his youngest son, Uri, in the final hours of the second Lebanon War. His grief was primal, elemental and profoundly personal. But as an act of healing, Grossman sought to capture the universality of the grieving process… Read More

Happy Fun Purim! A Real Favorite

Hamantaschen (By Photo by David Stuck)

A group of Jewish women were recently asked what their favorite holiday was.  The majority answered, “Purim!”  Why?  Because it is fun, can be participated in by all ages and, oh those delicious hamantaschen. All of the princess gear available make the holiday a standout for girls with beautiful costumes to become Queen Esther. And… Read More

Catering to Love for 75 Years

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Louis and Edith Bluefeld have settled into a comfortable marital rhythm in their relationship. He’s the talker, but she chimes in with details. She plans everything, but he’s the happy socializer. It works for them. And it should. After all, they’ve spent 75 years perfecting it. The Bluefelds married Feb. 23, 1941 and just celebrated… Read More

Baltimore Jewish Film Festival Kicks Off This Weekend

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The Gordon Center for Performing Arts hosts the 28th annual William and Irene Weinberg Family Baltimore Jewish Film Festival from March 12 through April 17. The festival features dramas, documentaries, comedies and even an animated film by filmmakers from Israel, the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Venezuela, Argentina, Sweden and the Netherlands. “What’s… Read More

Coming to Terms with a Nazi Past

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In the 70 years since World War II, the word “Nazi” has become shorthand in the cultural lexicon for a wide spectrum of ills and can be thrown around rather carelessly. But what happens when someone discovers her relative was an actual Nazi? Jennifer Teege felt her whole identity called into question when she happened… Read More

‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Can Thank Joe Biden for His Win

Sam Deutsch poses with “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek after winning the show’s college tournament. (Courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)

Sam Deutsch of Bethesda. Md., knows the answer to “What is it like to win $100,000, Alex?” after being crowned “Jeopardy!” College Champion. The Richard Montgomery High School graduate was the only one of the three contestants to write the correct question to the final “Jeopardy!” clue, identifying Vice President Joe Biden as the senator… Read More

L❤ve’s Busy Season That sound you hear is your heartbeat quickening for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day may not be the most Jewish holiday (well, actually, it’s not a Jewish holiday), but it makes for a busy season for Jewish matchmaker Lori Salkin. “People really never give up on love,” said Salkin of the online dating service SawYouatSinai.com and its new app, JBolt. “And you see those numbers come up… Read More