B1G-time Champions

The Maryland women’s basketball team poses with their coaches, UMD President Wallace D. Loh and school mascot Testudo in front of the Big Ten Conference trophy. ( Maryland Athletics)

The University of Maryland women’s basketball team clinched the Big Ten Conference championship, and with the team’s victory over Penn State Monday evening, the Terps are on their way to a perfect debut season in their new conference. Ranked No. 5 in the nation (24-2 overall, 16-0 in the Big Ten Conference), Maryland was guaranteed… Read More

Sober Purim

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While many people can’t wait to crack open the booze each Purim, some in Baltimore’s Jewish community find themselves in a difficult situation, struggling to balance a recovery from addiction with a religious tradition. “I think Purim is, in some ways, an exception to prove a rule, which is that, by and large, our approach… Read More

Raising the Roof!

The pep band, front, attepmts to distract an opposing player taking a free-throw shot. (Donald “Mutt” Meritt)

Maryland fans are known for being enthusiastic. No group drives the electric atmosphere at a home game more than the University of Maryland Pep Band. Forty-five minutes before tip-off, at every men’s and women’s home basketball game, the band is ready to entertain the crowd with a binder full of popular tunes and an unwavering… Read More

International Guitar Night Wows Gordon Center

From left: Brian Gore, founder of International Guitar Night, Maneli Jamal, Diego Figueiredo and Andrew York. (Photo by Marc Shapiro)

When Brian Gore took the stage at the Gordon Center in Owings Mills on Saturday night, it was immediately evident the nearly sold-out crowd was in for a good show as he launched into a fast, percussive song on his acoustic guitar. Gore, the founder of International Guitar Night, continued his annual tradition of combining… Read More

Spring into Performing Arts Baltimore’s hot performing arts scene warms up the start of the spring season

Amy Herzog (Photo provided)

The Jewish community will take an active role in the Baltimore County Dance Celebration, Feb. 1 to March 9, when the Gordon Center of Performing Arts plays host to many events including four major performances, dance workshops, seminars and smaller ensemble and solo performances. “We are thrilled to shine a spotlight on dance this February… Read More

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

Jesse Macht (Photos provided)

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

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

A Stage Legend’s Final Bow

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The name Vivienne Shub has been synonymous with Baltimore theater for nearly three-quarters of a century. When she passed away at the age of 95 on Sept. 18, Shub left behind her son, Daniel Shub, her daughters, Judith Shub-Condliffe and Amy Shub Rothstein, her younger sister, Naomi Greenberg, as well as grandchildren, cousins, nieces and… Read More

­Profile in Conscience

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It is not necessary for every new movie about World War II — and there are a surprising number each year — to reference the Holocaust. Even so, many moviegoers consider the calamities inextricably linked, as do most filmmakers. Contemporary audiences have the benefit of hindsight, and as Jews we are particularly attuned to the… Read More

‘Why We Love Israel’

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Comedian Benji Lovitt’s job is to make Jewish people around the world laugh. Making aliyah in 2006, the 40-year-old Dallas native now finds humor in his homeland. Touring the United States until Nov. 15, he will be entertaining crowds at Jewish community centers, synagogues and Jewish federations. He will be performing at the Suburban Orthodox… Read More