Hamilton’s Vision Inspires Ellen Katz’s Musical Edu-tainment

Ellen Katz cuts quite the dashing figure in her slim-fitting breeches, waist coat, frock, cravat and knee-high boots. But you won’t see her sporting her 18th-century attire at the Quarry Café, down the hill from her home in The Bluffs at Quarry Lake. No, Katz is saving that look for her first-ever “The Best of… Read More

Wunderkind Producer Records Girls’ ‘Step’ to College

Most Jewish children these days are taught the principle of healing the world. Amanda Lipitz was inculcated at a young age at the dining-room table. “My mom started a domestic violence program in Baltimore for Jewish women because she knew that they weren’t going to the safe house because it wasn’t kosher,” the New York-based… Read More

Glick’s Picks for Summer Reading includes Books of Jewish Interest

The Baltimore County Public Schools website has been offering summer reading recommendations all summer in a column called “Glick’s Picks” from BCPS’s coordinator of library media Fran Glick. While “Glick’s Picks” is a diverse collection touching on a wide range of subjects and points of view, there are two selections that may be of particular… Read More

Israeli Dancing Captures Essence of Jewish State

Echoing through Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School’s sleek-tiled hallway on Wednesday nights around 9 o’clock is an eclectic mixture of music. Notes of samba, the sounds of Greek bouzoukis, Arabic and Hebrew singing and Russian melodies carom down the hall, mingling together to give rhythm to, of all things, Israeli dance. The nine dancers of… Read More

You Should Know… Gabriel Stuart-Sikowitz

Gabriel Stuart-Sikowitz has always wanted to make a positive impact in the lives of others, citing tikkun olam as his source of motivation. In Baltimore City, Stuart-Sikowitz, 26, of Federal Hill applies that Jewish principle as chief of staff for Councilwoman Shannon Sneed (D-District 13),who was elected to her seat last November. “I always try… Read More

‘Constructive Fictions’ Takes on Freundel Scandal

A modern-day morality play, set in Washington’s Jewish community is sure to ruffle some feathers and get people talking again about the notorious “Peeping Tom” rabbi, Barry Freundel, who is serving a six-and-a-half year sentence for secretly filming 52 women in the bathroom of a ritual bath. “Constructive Fictions,” a world premiere by local playwright… Read More

Something Old, Something New Jewish Museum of Maryland exhibit tracks evolution of Jewish marriage

A cake topper with a groom wearing a kippah. A chuppah made, in part, with a grandmother’s lace. The gold wedding dress of a divorcee. A lease to a bride’s father for a wedding reception venue at The Alcazar in Baltimore in 1929. These and other items are on display at the newly opened “Just Married!”… Read More

Gordon Center’s Benesch Returning to Center Stage

Randi Benesch will be leaving her post as senior managing director of arts and culture at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts on June 16. Over the past five years, she and her team at the JCC have further cemented the Gordon as an institution by attracting larger audiences with new arts programming and top-notch… Read More

‘Austerlitz’ Questions Holocaust Tourism

To call Sergei Loznitsa’s 2016 film “Austerlitz” self-reflexive would be an understatement. Self-reflexive of filmmaker Loznitsa and his quest for understanding of a painful subject, yes, but also of us, the audience, the observers. The watchers. For “Austerlitz,” above all, is about us. About watching ourselves. Watching ourselves as tourists, hordes of logo-T- shirted and… Read More