Rethinking Roosevelt

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In their recently released book, “FDR and the Jews”, Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman, both history professors at American University, utilize hundreds of new sources and years of historical research to present a balanced view of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Breitman had previously written about Roosevelt but was frustrated by the lack of documentation… Read More

The Holocaust Messenger Who Confronted FDR

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Seventy years ago on July 28, an eyewitness to the Nazi atrocities against Europe’s Jews brought the horrifying news directly to the most powerful man on earth. It was the moment that President Franklin D. Roosevelt came face to face with the Holocaust. By the time he was 26, Polish underground member Jan Karski had… Read More

Respect The Song

(Photos by Justin Tsucalas)

The music industry isn’t what it used to be. With an ever-increasing focus on digital platforms for everything from recording music to advertising live performances to engaging fans, all aspects of the industry have had to adapt to emerging trends and technology. The industry’s transition has had its up and downs, too. Making an album,… Read More

Play With Your Food

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With a name like “Planet Egg,” it has got to be wacky and wonderful. The outlandish, other-worldly production from PuppetCinema, a company founded by Israeli puppeteer, actor and filmmaker Zvi Sahar, is headed for Baltimore’s Theatre Project from July 25 to 28. “I like to say that ‘Planet Egg’ is an amalgam of live puppetry,… Read More

The Circus Life

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Kaely Michels-Gualtieri’s mother, Dia Michels, jokes that her daughter somersaulted out of the womb. Now 23, Michels-Gualtieri soars 35 feet in the air from hanging ropes, self-designed trapezes and other assorted apparatus as an aerial performer in Cirque Italia. This family-friendly, modern European-style circus, which has been described as “Bellagio meets Broadway,” sets up its… Read More

Inspiration

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It’s a message ahavas Yisrael, love for a fellow Jew. It’s a call for action and a celebration of our actions. The second film by Rabbi Hanoch Teller, “Reb Elimelech and the Chasidic Legacy of Brotherhood,” is a 63-minute documentary detailing the rise of the Chassidic movement, the master Reb Elimelech M’Lizhensk and the outcome… Read More

Jewish Music Forever

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Baltimore native Larry Chernikoff isn’t especially interested in music. What does interest him greatly is preserving Jewish heritage. A collector of kosher dinner and silverware services from steamships, Chernikoff, 60, has now dedicated himself to the collection of Jewish music recordings. It started last year when Chernikoff, a Ranchleigh resident, was helping his mother move… Read More

Merci, Dr. Berci

The work of Dr. George Berci (center) resulted in the high level of technology that is now available for the performance of a variety of 
endoscopic and laparoscopic surgical procedures. (Provided)

When he was asked to write and direct a documentary about the accomplishments of Dr. George Berci, L. Michael Brunt, a professor of surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, knew Dr. Berci was a remarkable man. But it was only once he began to delve into the then-90-year-old surgeon’s life and the details of… Read More

Something To Sing About

Next up for the Young Victorian Theatre Company 
is “H.M.S. Pinafore.”  Past 
performances have included Gilbert & Sullivan favorites, “The Mikado” and “The Pirates of Penzance.”

“When ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ first premiered in the U.S. in 1878, it was like Beatlemania,” said Brian Goodman, general manager of the Young Victorian (Young Vic) Theatre Company in Baltimore. The fourth collaborative musical project of librettist William Schwenk Gilbert and composer Arthur Seymour Sullivan, “H.M.S. Pinafore” is considered a forerunner of the Broadway musical, added… Read More

Faster Than A Speeding Bagel

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As the new Superman movie “Man of Steel” flies to an opening on Father’s Day weekend, we earthbound Jewish men have the superhero’s creators — Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Jewish teenagers from Cleveland — to thank for setting such a super high bar. Especially if Superman, the ultimate immigrant, is a member of the… Read More