Jewish Women Persevere Behind the Camera 2014 was a good year for female filmmakers

“Ida” is an Academy Award front-runner.

Surpassing $3 million in box office receipts, writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s feature debut “Obvious Child” was one of the surprise indie hits of last year. Not bad for a low-budget movie about a struggling New York Jewish comic (played by Jenny Slate) who mines her awkward personal life — including the decision to have an abortion… Read More

Jerry Coleman Diary of a Ravens beat reporter

Jerry Coleman says, “Getting to know the athletes, the coaches and members of the Ravens and Orioles front office as people and not just someone you see on TV,” is his favorite part of the job.

For most fans, spending every day at the Baltimore Ravens Under Armor Performance Center in Owning Mills watching the team practices would be a dream job. As the Ravens beat reporter for WJZ-FM 105.7 The Fan, that is just what Jerry Coleman does everyday during the season. But the job isn’t all glamour. “I get… Read More

Holiday Lessons Keeping the old while bringing in the new

Some things never change, and I’m so glad. From the mouth-watering brisket at Edmart Deli to Rosendorf’s challahs, most Baltimore Jews go back to their traditional buying habits, even if they had indulged in “new” cuisine over the New Year. I spend my food shopping days purposely seeking out new things. But I forgot the… Read More

Singer-Songwriter Finds His Voice Jesse Macht gained inspiration from tribulation

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For singer-songwriters, tragedy can become fertile ground for creative inspiration. In Jesse Macht’s case, a brush with mortality and the end of long-term relationship was all he needed to jumpstart his career. After discovering that he had a heart condition that gave him an extra electric impulse that caused his heart to beat at 260… Read More

A Perfect Pitch

Cuban  Connie Marrero played 
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To the dismay of baseball fan Kit Krieger, future travels to Cuba will no longer include get-togethers with ex-Washington Senators pitcher Connie Marrero. Marrero, who played for Washington from 1950 to 1954, died in Havana last April at age 102, a few months after Krieger’s last visit and three years after Krieger helped arrange for… Read More

In the Cards

Ari Engel’s favorite poker game is Texas Hold ’Em, where buy-ins can reach $10,000.

NEW YORK — Ari Engel is homeless. It’s been a decade since he last held a regular job and two years since he gave up his apartment.But don’t shed any tears for him. Over the last 10 years or so, Engel has grossed about $5 million playing poker. The son of an Orthodox rabbi, Engel,… Read More

Slow … Quick, Quick, Slow

StudioDNA owner and instructor John Dawson gives a posture pointer to student Donna Siegel, who says for her, “dancing is pure joy.”

Baltimore native John Dawson, owner and head instructor of dance StudioDNA in Pikesville, teaches a smooth fox trot and a spicy salsa, but some of his students feel they gain more than improved rhythm and sure footing. More confidence, a sense of accomplishment and feelings of grace and pure joy are also what keeps these… Read More

Making Music Together

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Last month, about 20 students ages 6 to 12, slowly coaxed “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from their stringed instruments — some of which were bigger than the young musicians who played them — during a Baltimore Bows recital rehearsal. Founded in September 2014 and led by Yonatan Grinberg and his wife, Andrea, Baltimore Bows is… Read More

A Home Run!

Sandy Koufax is out front in the Ron Lewis painting of Jewish major leaguers. The sale of 500 autographed prints is partly for charity.

At the first Detroit Tigers game he attended, in 1940, Bob Matthews saw slugging first baseman Hank Greenberg play. Now a retired orthodontist living in Farmington Hills, Mich., Matthews can gaze each day at his hero’s image on visits to the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit in nearby West Bloomfield. On a wall by… Read More

Silver Lining

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“Repoussé Style Then and Now,” the Johns Hopkins University Evergreen Museum and Library’s latest exhibition, features the intricate metal work of artist Michael Izrael Galmer, a Russian Jew who emigrated to America from the former Soviet Union. Galmer, 67, said his career as an artist would not have been possible in Russia, due to anti-Semitism… Read More