For CrossFit Cantor, It’s All About Discipline

The sun has barely crept over the horizon when Rhoda Harrison leaves her Mount Washington home for a fitness center tucked into the outskirts of Baltimore City. For nearly a year, the ordained rabbi and cantor has exercised religiously at Nevermore CrossFit, one of the approximately 80 CrossFit facilities in the Maryland area. Harrison, 51,… Read More

‘My Shtetl Baltimore’ A Historical Window into Growth of Orthodox Community

In the opening of his just-released memoir, “My Shtetl Baltimore: Stories and Recollections By a Native Son,” Eli W. Schlossberg defends his use of the word shtetl in his title — a word that conjures images of Eastern European Jewish villages, where little boys in knickers and forelocks played among close-set whitewashed cottages. “Do real… Read More

Manhattan’s Only Vineyard Is Run by This 89-Year-Old Iraqi Jew

NEW YORK — Latif Jiji looks over this year’s crop at Chateau Latif with an expression of satisfaction. If you’ve never heard of Chateau Latif, you’re not alone. In fact, your favorite sommelier probably hasn’t heard of it, either. It’s not from the south of France, nor is it from Napa Valley. Rather, it’s terroir… Read More

Hamilton’s Vision Inspires Ellen Katz’s Musical Edu-tainment

Ellen Katz cuts quite the dashing figure in her slim-fitting breeches, waist coat, frock, cravat and knee-high boots. But you won’t see her sporting her 18th-century attire at the Quarry Café, down the hill from her home in The Bluffs at Quarry Lake. No, Katz is saving that look for her first-ever “The Best of… Read More

Wunderkind Producer Records Girls’ ‘Step’ to College

Most Jewish children these days are taught the principle of healing the world. Amanda Lipitz was inculcated at a young age at the dining-room table. “My mom started a domestic violence program in Baltimore for Jewish women because she knew that they weren’t going to the safe house because it wasn’t kosher,” the New York-based… Read More

Glick’s Picks for Summer Reading includes Books of Jewish Interest

The Baltimore County Public Schools website has been offering summer reading recommendations all summer in a column called “Glick’s Picks” from BCPS’s coordinator of library media Fran Glick. While “Glick’s Picks” is a diverse collection touching on a wide range of subjects and points of view, there are two selections that may be of particular… Read More

Israeli Dancing Captures Essence of Jewish State

Echoing through Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School’s sleek-tiled hallway on Wednesday nights around 9 o’clock is an eclectic mixture of music. Notes of samba, the sounds of Greek bouzoukis, Arabic and Hebrew singing and Russian melodies carom down the hall, mingling together to give rhythm to, of all things, Israeli dance. The nine dancers of… Read More

You Should Know… Gabriel Stuart-Sikowitz

Gabriel Stuart-Sikowitz has always wanted to make a positive impact in the lives of others, citing tikkun olam as his source of motivation. In Baltimore City, Stuart-Sikowitz, 26, of Federal Hill applies that Jewish principle as chief of staff for Councilwoman Shannon Sneed (D-District 13),who was elected to her seat last November. “I always try… Read More

‘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