Schmuck Takes on Klezmer Baltimore band presents classic Jewish music in tongue-in-cheek manner

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For Evan Tucker, all signs point to klezmer. The violinist grew up playing classical music and got into pop music as a teenager, but neither quite felt right to him. “When you grew up in Pikesville — for me going to Schechter and then Beth Tfiloh — that experience has to be filtered through Jewish… Read More

HaZamir Headed to New York

For many choir members, fostering Jewish identity is one of HaZamir’s strengths. (Provided)

On Sunday, after a weekend of rigorous rehearsals, Shabbat activities and networking with the more than 350 fellow singers from around the country and Israel, HaZamir and its cadre of teenage singers will make its debut at Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York. HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir, will… Read More

Soulful Sound

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As a promising young talent on the basketball court and the cello, 14-year-old Amit Peled found himself at a crossroads: He needed to concentrate his energies. Ultimately, he resigned himself to the fact that he’d never get the height needed for professional basketball like his idol, Miki Birkovich of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball club,… Read More

B1G-time Champions

The Maryland women’s basketball team poses with their coaches, UMD President Wallace D. Loh and school mascot Testudo in front of the Big Ten Conference trophy. ( Maryland Athletics)

The University of Maryland women’s basketball team clinched the Big Ten Conference championship, and with the team’s victory over Penn State Monday evening, the Terps are on their way to a perfect debut season in their new conference. Ranked No. 5 in the nation (24-2 overall, 16-0 in the Big Ten Conference), Maryland was guaranteed… Read More

Sober Purim

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While many people can’t wait to crack open the booze each Purim, some in Baltimore’s Jewish community find themselves in a difficult situation, struggling to balance a recovery from addiction with a religious tradition. “I think Purim is, in some ways, an exception to prove a rule, which is that, by and large, our approach… Read More

Raising the Roof!

The pep band, front, attepmts to distract an opposing player taking a free-throw shot. (Donald “Mutt” Meritt)

Maryland fans are known for being enthusiastic. No group drives the electric atmosphere at a home game more than the University of Maryland Pep Band. Forty-five minutes before tip-off, at every men’s and women’s home basketball game, the band is ready to entertain the crowd with a binder full of popular tunes and an unwavering… Read More

Spring into Performing Arts Baltimore’s hot performing arts scene warms up the start of the spring season

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The Jewish community will take an active role in the Baltimore County Dance Celebration, Feb. 1 to March 9, when the Gordon Center of Performing Arts plays host to many events including four major performances, dance workshops, seminars and smaller ensemble and solo performances. “We are thrilled to shine a spotlight on dance this February… Read More

Singer-Songwriter Finds His Voice Jesse Macht gained inspiration from tribulation

Jesse Macht (Photos provided)

For singer-songwriters, tragedy can become fertile ground for creative inspiration. In Jesse Macht’s case, a brush with mortality and the end of long-term relationship was all he needed to jumpstart his career. After discovering that he had a heart condition that gave him an extra electric impulse that caused his heart to beat at 260… Read More