Digging History Documentary Details Holocaust Escape, Unearths Buried Tunnel

Ever since Michael Kagan, 60, was a boy growing up in the United Kingdom, each detail of his father’s escape from a Nazi labor camp has ricocheted through his mind and heart. Now, in his new documentary, “Tunnel of Hope,” the son is sharing his father’s story with the world. It’s a story that Jack… Read More

You Should Know… Brocha Baum-Margolese

Brocha Baum-Margolese, 35, is the founder of Darchei Noam Montessori, Baltimore’s only Jewish Montessori school. Baum-Margolese, a married mother of six, grew up in Detroit. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska and is working on her Ph.D. online when she is not occupied with running her school, which is… Read More

Paula Vogel’s ‘Indecent’ Sets Stage with Timely Themes

Paula Vogel’s powerful drama “Indecent” explores a shameful time in American theater and Jewish history. It’s about events surrounding the 1923 Broadway production of Sholem Asch’s provocative, groundbreaking play “God of Vengeance,” which was written in 1906 in Yiddish and translated for the American stage. Asch’s play follows a Jewish couple who run a brothel… Read More

Erasing the Stigma Beth Tfiloh hosts event to spark dialogue about addiction

Shame. Fear. Denial. Silence. Familiar territory in the life of someone struggling with addiction, as well as for family and friends. In an effort to reduce that stigma and encourage open dialogue, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Pikesville recently held an addiction education program, “Not in MY Family: Substance Abuse in the Jewish Community.”… Read More

This Canadian Model Is a Comedy Sensation in Israel

TEL AVIV — Renny Grinshpan is a Canadian Israeli with shaky Hebrew. Yet in the past several months, she has become famous in this country for her comedic commentary on Israeli culture. Millions watch her Facebook videos — and she is recognized on the street. “Renny, can I get you something?” a slightly star-struck waiter… Read More

Light City Features Installation from Israeli Artists

This year’s Light City Baltimore, the second year of the highly successful light festival, features an installation from Israeli artists among the 23 total chosen out of around 150 applications. “House of Cards” is the installation from Merav Eitan and Gaston Zahr, architects and artists whose office, OGE Group, is based in Haifa. It looks… Read More

Same Seder, Different ‘Dayenu’

The ancient division of Jewry into Sephardim and Ashkenazim originally was a geographic division: “Ashkenaz” is Hebrew for “German”; “Sepharad” translates as “Spain.” Today, a number of differences between Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jews still exist in practice, despite geography no longer being a factor, as the communities live side by side in Baltimore. The JT… Read More

10-Year-Old Kickstarts the Death Star Synagogue Lego

An enterprising elementary school student, Chanan Finkelstein, has taken to the popular crowd-funding website Kickstarter with a new, custom-made Jewish Lego toy — the Brickovicker Rebbe, the first of a new sect of Lego Chasidim. Chanan, 10, a fourth-grader at Ohr Chadash Academy of Baltimore started the project because wanted the Lego Death Star. At… Read More

Out and Devout: Panel of Faith Leaders Addresses LGBTQ Community

On Sunday, leaders from four faiths — Judaism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity — met to talk about their relationships, but not with each other. The Human Rights Campaign and Brown Memorial’s Tiffany Series co-hosted a panel discussion on “Faith Matters: Religion and the LGBTQ Community in Fractious Times.” Del. Mary Washington (D-District 43), who is… Read More

The Faces of Israel’s Ambassadors

Israel is one of the most diverse nations in the world even with a population of just 8.3 million people. As the Jewish state and home to an innumerable amount of relics sacred to Muslims, Christians and Jews alike, Israel has always drawn pilgrims and immigrants from around the world. However, in a time when… Read More