Meet the Maccabeats! ‘Regular Jewish guys having fun’ in an a cappella kind of way

The Maccabeats will perform at the Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts on Dec. 13. Ari Lewis is third from the left; Michael Greenberg is third from right; and Yonatan Shefa is fourth from right. (Abbie Sophia Photograqphy)

From performing for free at school events to singing at the White House, the Maccabeats have brought the sounds of Judaism into mainstream music, and they’ll bring those same sounds to a sold-out audience at the Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts on Dec. 13 for a Chanukah Concert. The 13-member Jewish a… Read More

Kosher Kush One woman hopes to produce, sell kosher marijuana under Maryland’s medical cannabis program

Pikesville resident Jessica White has applied for processing and dispensary licenses to produce kosher medical cannabis. The state cannabis commission has received almost 900 applications.

Maryland is in the midst of issuing a select number of licenses for growing, processing and selling medical cannabis, and at least one applicant hopes to tailor her product to the Jewish community by making it kosher. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission reported on Nov. 12 that it had received 882 applications, 705 of which… Read More

Classical Meets Rock in New BSO Series BSOPulse puts top indie bands in Meyerhoff with orchestral accompaniment

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Baltimore is home to a world-class symphony, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, that plays hundreds of classical concerts each year at its premiere, 2,443-seat home, the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. While younger audience members tend be a smaller percentage a–t the classical concerts, a new series aims to bring the next generation to the Meyerhoff by… Read More

Peace, Love and Jewsic Israeli-American folk band will close out festivities during Baltimore Shabbat Project

Imagine a group of Israeli teenagers sitting around on a farm between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, jamming out to American musicians of the generation before them such as Bob Dylan and Neil Young. That was exactly where Yehuda Solomon, Duvid Swirsky and the founding members of the Israeli-American folk band Moshav found themselves in 1995…. Read More

Appetite for Authenticity Local chefs use competition to fuel farm-to-table movement

Photo by Daniel Schere

More than 480 people packed the roundhouse at the B&O Railroad Museum Monday night for Maryland’s sixth annual Farm to Chef Culinary Competition, an event that featured 30 chefs partnering with local farms to create signature dishes using fresh ingredients. The event is held each year as a fundraiser for the Days of Taste Program,… Read More

Holocaust to Hebrew Cantor’s album bridges generations, genres, families

Waltzman’s debut album “reinvents” Hebrew songs that span generations. (Reprinted with permission from elisawaltzman.com)

These are Israeli folk songs as you’ve never heard them before. And that’s exactly the point: Cantor Elisa Waltzman’s debut album seeks to bridge a gap between traditional Hebrew music sung by her grandfather, a Holocaust survivor, and the musical sensibilities of her kids growing up in the United States. Set to a jazz ensemble,… Read More

Rugelach Roundtable Does this beloved pastry need to be dairy to taste good?

The rugelach from Zabar’s come from an old family recipe. (Photo by Juan Lopez)

Rugelach (singular: rugala) are a beloved traditional Jewish pastry, with a quirky history to boot, but they often present a kosher conundrum. Though pareve, rugelach are often a preferred dessert after a meat meal for those observing kosher laws (which stipulate a waiting period between eating meat and dairy), some of today’s most popular rugelach… Read More

Hitting the Right Notes Spreading Shabbat joy from the Upper East Side around the world

Karina Zilberman rocks Shababa at New York’s 92nd Street Y.

NEW YORK — To Jewish parents of young children on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Karina Zilberman is something of a celebrity. She is the tall, blonde, guitar-strumming founder of the 92nd Street Y’s Shababa, a multigenerational musical celebration of Shabbat whose name is a mash-up of the modern Hebrew word “sababa” (meaning “cool” or “chill”)… Read More