So Fast, Sukkot and Simchat Torah Are Here!

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One, two, three, where did it go so fast? Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, break-fast — the fastest meals of the year. Now it is Sukkot and Simhcat Torah to end the High Holidays. Hoping for good weather, all the meals can be made ahead and reheated for home or travel, inside or outside. My friend,… Read More

You Should Know … Amy Bree Becker


“I think I’ve always been interested in political engagement and young people in particular,” said Amy Bree Becker, 38, in reference to her indomitable passion for the intersection between politics and popular culture. Often focusing her incisive analysis on how comedy — specifically that in the realm of satire via cinema and such television shows… Read More

Persistence of Vision Hometown hero Jason Michael Berman overcomes with ‘The Birth of a Nation’

Jason Michael Berman (Photo provided)

Malcolm Gladwell dedicates a rather lengthy portion of his New York Times bestselling 2013 book, “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants” — detailing how great adversity often leads to even greater success — to the irrepressibly contrarian notion that certain learning differences, such as dyslexia, may actually make for a more… Read More

‘The Birth of a Nation’ Producer on Controversy Surrounding Film

From left: Jason Michael Berman, John Cooper (director, Sundance Film Festival), "Birth of a Nation" director Nate Parker and Trevor Groth (director of programming, Sundance Film Festival)

This piece is an online supplement to the Oct. 21 article “Persistence of Vision.” First, there was the “magical” experience producer Jason Michael Berman and the rest of his crew of 400 enjoyed after receiving impossibly triumphant roars of praise for “The Birth of a Nation” at its effulgent 2016 Sundance premiere that led to… Read More

‘Licensed to Ill’ Turns 30 Performers, scholars rap about hip-hop’s Jewish-American masterpiece

Y-Love (Y-Love: credit???; Beastie Boys cover: Screenshot)

The notion that one of the seminal shibboleths of the hip-hop realm was produced by three white Jewish punk rockers from the upper echelon of New York’s sybaritic elite may appear at first glance, euphemistically, disharmonious. How curiouser and curiouser it must seem to many that the album that first launched hip-hop — a fulminating… Read More

You Should Know … David BenMoshe


When David BenMoshe was sentenced to a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence in 2010 for selling guns and drugs to an undercover police officer multiple times, he knew his life was a mess. Now 29, the Frederick native has rebuilt his life — part of which included finding Judaism while in prison — since being released from… Read More

Chicken Soup for the Gold

A happy group of Cook-Off participants (Provided)

The Jewish Museum of Maryland served up something piping hot and tasty on Sunday, Oct. 9. In association with its immersive “Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America” exhibit exploring the intersection of medicine and Jewish tradition/culture that began in March and runs until January, the museum held the first-ever Great Chicken Soup Cook-Off… Read More

Chicken Soup Cook-Off Winners and Recipes

Best Chicken Soup in Maryland: Betsey Kahn’s “Good Old Fashioned Chicken Soup” INGREDIENTS: 1  Roasting chicken 3 Carrots, sliced 4 Celery stalks, sliced 3 medium Onions, sliced 2 large Cloves of garlic ½ large Lemon, juice and rind 1 Tsp Pepper 1 Tbsp Salt 1 Tbsp SeasonAll 6 C Water 1 ½ C medium Barley… Read More

You Should Know …
Casey Yurow


Pearlstone Center program director Casey Yurow has two primary aspirations in this life: working to create an inspirational model for what can be achieved in community farming that he hopes will be emulated by cities beyond his hometown of Baltimore … and profoundly radicalizing the perception most people have of vanilla. “I’m a huge fan… Read More