‘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

Baltimore Native Barry Levinson Screens Newest Film at Md. Film Fest

One of Baltimore’s favored film sons (who is not John Waters) came back to his hometown to screen his newest movie, “Wizard of Lies.” The film, premiering on HBO on May 20, follows the rise and downfall of Bernie Madoff, who is played by Robert De Niro. Michelle Pfeiffer plays his wife, Ruth. Barry Levinson,… Read More

Look Stunning on Your Wedding Day

Even the least fussy woman is bound to get a little caught up in beauty routines in advance of her wedding day. After all, she wants to look her best not only while saying vows or having the first dance, but also for the camera. “This is about the pictures you will be looking at… Read More

Kosher Evolution In Baltimore, restaurants and businesses redefine a traditional industry

With Baltimore’s Jewry so heavily invested in local arts, sciences and philanthropy, it is no surprise that Jews are prevalent in the world of  cutting-edge cuisine. Just as  Israel is now a global culinary destination, Baltimore has  experienced an explosion of innovative restaurants and businesses to appeal to a growing audience of young Jews who… Read More

Cookbook ‘Rockstar’ Joan Nathan Sets Jewish Table at AVAM

Bestselling Jewish cookbook author Joan Nathan stopped by the American Visionary Art Museum April 30 to talk about and sign copies of her newest release, “King Solomon’s Table.” The event was put on by the Center for Jewish Education, along with The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. Nathan was introduced by Associated chair Linda… Read More