Sweetness of Freedom Memorial Day weekend welcomes Shavuot

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Memorial Day brings the holiday weekend that ushers in the beginning of everything summer. And Shavuot occurs at the same time, reminding us of the Exodus from slavery in Egypt. The Torah was given to the Jews, as their journey was one from misery to a country flowing with milk and honey. So, eating dairy… Read More

A Music Man Memorial to beloved Pikesville native hit all the right notes

Steven Michael Stern (Provided)

The room was filled with posters and statues of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest names — the Iron Lady, the Three Stooges and the Dark Knight — but the name on everyone’s mind that night at the Pikes Theater was not Christian Bale or Meryl Streep,  it was Steven Michael Stern. Stern, raised in Pikesville, loved… Read More

5K or Bouquet Unique ways to commemorate Mother’s Day

Participants in the Maryland Half Marathon and 5K, founded by Michael Greenebaum and Jon Sevel of Pikesville, are raising funds for the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, a research and teaching facility gifted by Greenebaum’s father, Stewart, and named in honor of his mother, Marlene, a two-time breast cancer survivor. Now… Read More

Scarf Maven

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Local businesswoman Terri Kane is best known to her national and international clientele as the “scarf maven.” Now she can add published author to her title with the release of her humorous memoir, “Scarf Maven Ties One On.” With a whopping 28,000 scarves sold in the last four years, it’s clear that the Baltimore-based top-rated… Read More

Bridging Sounds, Bridging Cultures

Idan Raichel performs at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 22. (Provided)

Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel got the pre-tour jitters in anticipation for his American tour — changing the set list, figuring out how to incorporate his band into the performance and even tinkering with his own instrument. “I’ve been waiting for this tour for a long time,” he said. He decided to perform on a grand… Read More

Stepping Up Her Game

Roland Park Country School senior Jenna Baverman will compete for Team Israel at the Women’s 2015 U19 Lacrosse World Championship in Scotland this summer. (Photos Provided)

On a chilly Sunday morning, the ground still wet from a recent snowfall, Jenna Baverman runs through lacrosse drills, showing off her speed, strength and intensity with every move. She radiates power borne out of long hours in the gym and a commitment to keeping her body in peak performance readiness. It is little wonder… Read More

Schmuck Takes on Klezmer Baltimore band presents classic Jewish music in tongue-in-cheek manner

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For Evan Tucker, all signs point to klezmer. The violinist grew up playing classical music and got into pop music as a teenager, but neither quite felt right to him. “When you grew up in Pikesville — for me going to Schechter and then Beth Tfiloh — that experience has to be filtered through Jewish… Read More

HaZamir Headed to New York

For many choir members, fostering Jewish identity is one of HaZamir’s strengths. (Provided)

On Sunday, after a weekend of rigorous rehearsals, Shabbat activities and networking with the more than 350 fellow singers from around the country and Israel, HaZamir and its cadre of teenage singers will make its debut at Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York. HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir, will… Read More

Stevenson Gallery Features Auschwitz-Birkenau

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Learning about the Holocaust in Hebrew school and through family is one thing, but Stevenson University senior Michelle Canvisser wasn’t exactly prepared for what she saw on a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau. “I thought what I was taught was enough for me to know how I would feel, but I was extremely overwhelmed the entire time… Read More

Soulful Sound

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As a promising young talent on the basketball court and the cello, 14-year-old Amit Peled found himself at a crossroads: He needed to concentrate his energies. Ultimately, he resigned himself to the fact that he’d never get the height needed for professional basketball like his idol, Miki Birkovich of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball club,… Read More