Chanukah Sweaters are Now a Thing — And I Love Them

From left: Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in Jonathan Levine's "The Night Before" (Courtesy of Columbia Pictures)

NEW YORK (JTA) — Ever since I moved here from Israel, every late November felt like the beginning of a month-long assault. Every store, business and doctor’s office blared Christmas songs, streets were decorated with ostentatious light shows and seemingly everything became green and red — which, as an art school grad, I found personally… Read More

Chanukah Concerts Kick Off with Klezmer

Charm City Klezmer  performs at Creative Alliance on Dec. 29. (File Photo)

While Chanukah’s traditions can sometimes get lost in the chaos of the holiday season, local organizations and congregations are making sure to keep tradition front and center, starting with the music. A number of the various area concerts will feature klezmer bands, known for playing traditional Yiddish and Jewish music derived from Eastern European folk… Read More

Transcending The Music

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If Pikesville-based composer Jonathan Leshnoff hasn’t taken you on a experiential journey while you’re listening to his music, he hasn’t done his job. Or so he contends in the liner notes to his recently released album containing world premiere recordings of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus performing his “Symphony No. 2” and “Zohar.” Both… Read More

Israeli Cuisine on the Screen

Roger Sherman and Michael Solomonov filming chef and journalist Ruthie Russo (Provided)

Israel arguably has one of the hottest food scenes in the world, but Baltimoreans don’t necessarily have to travel overseas to get a taste. “In Search of Israeli Cuisine,” a movie documenting a culinary journey throughout Israel, is being screened at the Gordon Center on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m., presented by the Baltimore… Read More

Great Buys for the Jewish Music Lover in Your Life

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Leonard Cohen, “You Want It Darker” Canadian Jewish singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen — best known for his songs “Suzanne,” “Bird on a Wire” and “Hallelujah” — has just released his 14th studio album. Cohen, who died in November at age 82, and his vocal style has changed as he’s aged, but it’s still a powerful instrument…. Read More

Lighting the Way at Baltimore’s ‘Disney Live!’

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As families arrive at the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric for “Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic” on Dec. 9 and 10, few will think of the enormous time and effort that goes into creating such an interactive show. A number of elements must come together cohesively to create a finished… Read More

Remembering A Survivor

Recently deceased Holocaust survivor Anna Jacobs tells the story of how she and her brother Kalman attempted to escape the Warsaw Ghetto as video moniters (right) show the process of him being painted as part of The Memory Project.

“Today would have been my mother’s 92nd birthday,” said Fred Jacobs, Pikesville resident and son of heroic Holocaust survivor Anja Huberman  Jacobovitz (aka Anna Jacobs). Though Anna passed away from congestive heart failure a mere three weeks before Jacobs spoke to the JT on Friday, Nov. 11, he recalled her memory with a refreshing joie… Read More

BT High School Gets ‘Lost in Yonkers’

Miriam Reid (left) as Bella “has worked very hard on her character,” said theatrical artist director Diane Smith. (Photos courtesy of Beth Tfiloh)

Miriam Reid, a junior at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, has always belonged in the theater. At 16, the twee, pixie-haired and bespectacled Harrisburg, Pa., native sporting a purple bowtie, has already been acting for nearly a decade. Having performed in no less than 13 musicals via the JCC in Harrisburg (which puts on two… Read More