Emmys 2016: The Show’s Most Jewish Moments

Director Jill Soloway and actor Jeffrey Tambor, who both won Emmy Awards for the series “Transparent,” backstage at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Steve Granitz/WireImage/GettyImages)

Put enough Jewish talent and Hollywood brass in a room and you’re bound to create some memorable Jewish sound bites — and the 2016 Emmy Awards on Sunday night were no exception to this rule. From a shout-out to New York Jews to a tribute to late Jewish stars, here are the Jewiest moments from… Read More

Baltimore Jazz Alliance Bops into First-Ever Festival

Baltimore  native Clarence Ward III  will be performing. (Dubscience Photography courtesy of Baltimore Jazz Alliance)

Those who fear there’s been a dismal downbeat in the Baltimore jazz scene have something to swing about. The Baltimore Jazz Alliance is tuning up for its family-friendly and free jazz festival, which takes the stage on Oct. 1 at Druid Hill Park. The BJA Jazz Festival is ostensibly the first local musical showcase focusing… Read More

Documentary’s Message Promises to Inspire at MMAE Event

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Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Hebrew Congregation (MMAE) will celebrate Selichot Saturday, Sept. 24 with a special screening of the recently released film “Mekonen: The Journey of an African Jew.” Production representatives will introduce and discuss the mini-documentary that tells  of eponymous Ethiopian IDF soldier Mekonen Abebe’s homecoming as means of reconnecting with his African roots…. Read More

Gordon Center Season Features Collaborations, Programs for All

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A world-class venue calls for a world-class lineup, and the 2016-17 season at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts does not disappoint. This season’s mix of dance, music, spoken word, film and family programming from local, regional, national and  international performers means there’s something for everyone at the Owings Mills venue. “We’re continuing to listen… Read More

Children’s Author Expands Beyond Jewish Focus

Bracha Goetz’s newest book, “I Want To Be Famous,” is a young boy’s story of self-discovery. (Daniel Nozick)

Bracha Goetz, a local author of more than 30 children’s books, many Jewish-themed, is best known for her ability to simplify profound ideas in order to help children achieve better understanding. Originally, Goetz wrote her books without explicitly Jewish themes but added them when Judaica Press decided to publish her work. This month will see… Read More

Gene Wilder ‘One of the Truly Great Talents of Our Time’

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Gene Wilder, whose likeness became synonymous with the energetic and mysterious chocolatier Willy Wonka, died on Monday in his Stamford, Conn., home of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, according to a widely reported statement from Wilder’s nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman. He was 83. Beyond the movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Wilder… Read More

Meet the Orthodox ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Training To Be a Rabbi

Akiva Neuman, an Orthodox Jew who is studying to be a rabbi, competes in the Philadelphia qualifying round of “American Ninja Warrior.” (Ninja Warrior: Mitchell Leff/NBC; Family: Emuni Z.)

Like his fellow competitors on “American Ninja Warrior,” 25-year-old Akiva Neuman pushed himself to his physical limits — climbing, jumping and running through an intense obstacle course — in the hopes of making it to the national finals in Las Vegas. But unlike the dozens of athletes who competed with him at the Philadelphia qualifiers,… Read More

The Holocaust’s Youngest Survivors

Holocaust survivors (from left) Eva Clarke, Mark Olsky and Hana Berger Moran were on hand during the annual Days of Remembrance ceremony held in the U.S. Capitol on May 5. (Photo by Daniel Schere)

Hana Berger Moran, Mark Olsky and Eva Clarke, all 71, have more in common than just their age. They were all born in or on their way to Nazi concentration camps, making them among the youngest survivors of the Holocaust. The three are also subjects of the book “Born Survivors,” by British writer Wendy Holden…. Read More

Poetry Place

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Sunday is Mother’s Day, a day for giving flowers and cards, a day for spending time with family. But for those whose mothers have passed away, Mother’s Day can be filled with grief and reflection. “I’m not normally a poet, but after my mother died, I looked for ways to express my grief,” said Roslyn… Read More