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

That time ‘Hamilton’ Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Sang in Hebrew

“Hamilton” creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda performs “To Life! (L’Chaim!)” from “Fiddler on the Roof” at his wedding in 2010. (Screenshot from YouTube)

Raise a glass! The 2016 Tony Award nominations were announced May 3, and the revolutionary Broadway megahit “Hamilton” collected the lion’s share, with a record-breaking total of 16. Creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda himself received three nods, for best original score, best book and best lead actor. This makes it official: Whether we’re talking about the 18th… Read More

Feel the Rhythm of the Flow of Flamenco

Yolit Yospe-Kachlon (Yolit Flamenco)

Yolit Yospe-Kachlon doesn’t just feel the emotions when flamenco musicians sing and play guitar. She dances them. “When you hear a flamenco song, you don’t have to understand the words to feel the emotions,” Yospe-Kachlon said, following a four-hour teaching and rehearsal stint at a Rockville, Md., dance studio last week. Israeli-born, Yospe-Kachlon grew up… Read More

Saying Yes to the Dress and more

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Marketing Promotion Before the “to have and to hold,” there is usually the “to plan and to chart.” Planning a wedding is no easy task, and what’s popular can change as quickly as your Pinterest board. Thankfully, there are a few current trends to provide some wedding guidance. The one overarching theme: vintage. Traditional, classic… Read More

‘Seinfeld’ Star Jason Alexander Talks Judaism, Show Biz

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It was the afternoon before the first seder and Jason Alexander had his plans figured out. The “Seinfeld” star, born Jay Scott Greenspan and best known for his role as George Costanza, isn’t particularly observant; neither is his friend who he was spending the first night of Pesach with. “We have the strangest evening coming… Read More

Music to His Ears Baltimorean Debuts at Carnegie Hall

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Solomon Eichner is about to do something on Saturday that very few 27-year-olds — very few people of any age — can claim: play his debut concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. Though he now lives in South Carolina, Eichner’s local roots run deep. He’s a Pikesville native who attended Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community… Read More