Love Her Sew

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“Had it not been for my granddaughter, I wouldn’t be here today,” said Ellen S. Federoff, 63, of Randallstown. “I died two years ago,” she said. “My heart stopped, my kidneys failed, and I was in a coma. People told me that while I was in a coma, my daughter, Rose, was there. She took… Read More

Major Dude

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On a recent visit to Baltimore, Brian Levin, a Westminster native, sat in Starbucks at Pikesville’s Festival of Woodholme discussing his upcoming film, “Flock of Dudes.” The film, Levin’s first feature, is a comedy about a 30-something man who decides to “break up” with his buddies so he can become a full-fledged adult. Although it… Read More

Nothing To Be Ashamed Of

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Fifty years ago, a bittersweet novelty song about a boy at summer camp hit the airwaves and caught fire across the globe. Just two weeks after its release, “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” had sold 300,000 copies. But its writer and singer, Allan Sherman, was no one-hit wonder. In the previous year he had become stratospherically… Read More

Best Music Festival

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The Hot August Blues and Roots Festival has come a long way since the first show 21 years ago at Brad Selko’s farm in Monkton. “A friend of mine came up to me and said, ‘Do you want to have a picnic in your backyard with Charlie Musselwhite?’” Selko said. “I said, ‘Are you crazy?’”… Read More

Masterpiece Theater

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Love, war, art, celebrity, heroism and intrigue. “Diary of an Art Dealer,” a journal by the late Rene Gimpel, has all the elements of a great story, a fact that was not lost on filmmakers Lillian Bowers and Brian Plow. The Baltimore-based duo are currently at work on a documentary called “Pentimento” about Gimpel, a… Read More

Dance Dance Revolution

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The Baltimore Zionist District welcomed the Tzofim (Israel Scouts) for several days of music and Israeli fun. The teens — dressed in scouting garb and armed with microphones, stellar voices and killer dance moves — traveled through the area bringing the Israeli spirit to young and old. The Tzofim traveling program is an Israeli youth program… Read More

Top Story

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Jews are known as the people of the book. But we are also the people of the story. “Our Bible is the written-down version of hundreds of thousands of stories,” said Noa Baum, an award-winning storyteller, noting the Jewish pairing of Torah Shebichtav (written law) with Torah Shebaal Peh (oral law). “The Talmud is years… Read More

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