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

For the Love of the Sport Spirit, hard work fuel Israel’s efforts in two major lacrosse tournaments

From left: Scott Neiss, executive director of the Israel Premiere Lacrosse League, U19 coaches Emily Brodsky and Hannah Deoul and Mark Greenberg, executive board member of IPLL.

The Israel Lacrosse Association finished two major international tournaments this August: the 2015 Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s U19 World Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland and the 2015 European Lacrosse Federation Lacrosse Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. The Israel women’s division finished fourth overall in Prague while the Israel youth division that competed internationally for the… Read More

Coming Together LGBT discussion at Enoch Pratt led by change-makers

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Yitz Jordan, whose stage name is Y-love, has seen hate, prejudice and racism throughout his life, but when he and several other LGBT activists shared their stories in Baltimore on July 21, the negative wasn’t the focus of their discussion. “Taking a negative and making it a learning experience,” said Jordan, “[People have heard] a… Read More

Believing in Baltimore City students express feelings about unrest with help from renowned musicians

From left: Believe in Music students Caprice Martin, Taniyah Kutcherman, Yamaudi Pinder and Amira Winchester. (J.M. Giordano)

When Baltimore City saw riots and looting following the death of Freddie Gray in April, Believe in Music founder Kenny Liner was scared for his students and spent the night fighting the urge to hop in his car to make sure they all were OK. The Living Classrooms program, which aims to uplift Baltimore’s inner… Read More