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

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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

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