Stepping Up Her Game

Roland Park Country School senior Jenna Baverman will compete for Team Israel at the Women’s 2015 U19 Lacrosse World Championship in Scotland this summer. (Photos Provided)

On a chilly Sunday morning, the ground still wet from a recent snowfall, Jenna Baverman runs through lacrosse drills, showing off her speed, strength and intensity with every move. She radiates power borne out of long hours in the gym and a commitment to keeping her body in peak performance readiness. It is little wonder… Read More

A Jewish Journey Meet Ruth Porat, Google’s new CFO

Ruth Porat, who will join Google as its CFO, speaks during a panel discussion at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., last month.

To the business media, the symbolism of Ruth Porat’s move from her position as chief financial officer of Morgan Stanley to her newly announced perch as Google’s CFO of the future couldn’t be more obvious — it represents a shift in power from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. And there’s no question that it’s a… Read More

Not Quite Golden Mirren’s unshakable portrait lifts ‘Woman in Gold’

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The opening shots of “Woman in Gold” depict the preparation and application of gold leaf to a painting. The sequence evokes the title of the film, then goes on to introduce the famous Gustav Klimt portrait known familiarly as “Lady in Gold.” What every viewer will discern, though it isn’t acknowledged until later, is the… Read More

Pesach Egg-citement

My family used to joke that whether you identify yourself as Reform, Conservative, Orthodox or any other variety of Judaism, on Passover we all become gastronomical Jews! Food is definitely the main event at Passover, and whether you are preparing an entire Seder or only one dish to contribute to a larger meal, eggs can… Read More

Safe at Home

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There are a wealth of Passover books catering to younger audiences out this spring, including an inventive sports haggadah and brightly illustrated stories for tots. Jews and baseball go together like matzoh balls and chicken soup. Imagine, then, Rabbi Sharon Forman’s surprise when last Passover, her middle child, Joshua declared that he could not find… Read More

A Disappointment NBC Universal’s ‘Dig’ travels far, but not as deep

Jason Isaacs stars as Peter Connelly in USA Network’s “Dig,” which premiered last week.

LOS ANGELES — Last summer, in the midst of the Gaza conflict, the threat of rocket fire forced NBC Universal’s “Dig” to stop production in Jerusalem and move out of the country. If only the show itself were half that dramatic. Instead, “Dig,” which premiered last Thursday on the USA Network, is a rather flat… Read More

Cavalier Effort Blatt getting a handle on life as NBA coach

Coach David Blatt and star player LeBron James both say that Blatt has made the needed adjustments in his rookie season guiding the Cleveland Cavaliers.

WASHINGTON — With the clock winding down on a recent game here, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt was still barking out instructions to his players despite enjoying a late 40-point lead over the Washington Wizards. Things didn’t come quite as easy early this season for the rookie NBA coach and his team, which had great… Read More

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