You Should Know… Jake Lefenfeld

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It was less than a year ago when brothers Jake and Ben Lefenfeld, along with Ben’s wife, Amy, decided to open the Basque-influenced La Cuchara in Woodberry. The restaurant features a menu that draws from French and Spanish cuisine, specializing in small plates and fine wines from the Basque region. The brothers, of course, share… Read More

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Participants in the Walk for Israel, 1980. Can you identify anyone in this photo? Contact Joanna Church, 410-732-6400, ext. 226 or jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org. To see more of the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection and find  out who has been identified in past photos, visit  jewishmuseummd.org/tag/once-upon- a-time-2/.

HACKATHON

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More than 100 students from across the country came to the University of Maryland Hillel’s first annual National Collegiate Hackathon, which ran from  Feb. 12 to 14. Teams were tasked with creating new  and innovative software  applications for a chance to  win prizes including drones  and handheld computers.  Akash Magoon and Ephraim Rothschild won first… Read More

BONDING

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Marc B. Terrill (center), president, and Mark D. Neumann (third from right), chairman of the board, received the Israel68 Award on behalf of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore at the Israel Bonds International Prime Minister’s Club Dinner on Jan. 31 in Boca Raton, Fla. Also pictured (from left), representing Israel Bonds, are president… Read More

L❤ve’s Busy Season That sound you hear is your heartbeat quickening for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day may not be the most Jewish holiday (well, actually, it’s not a Jewish holiday), but it makes for a busy season for Jewish matchmaker Lori Salkin. “People really never give up on love,” said Salkin of the online dating service SawYouatSinai.com and its new app, JBolt. “And you see those numbers come up… Read More

On Stage but Out of the Spotlight Puppeteers debut at Creative Alliance, honor an icon

Anna Fitzgerald and her cast of five perform “Reverse Cascade.” (Photo Adam Lobelson)

Anna Fitzgerald, 31, likes to tell stories, but she doesn’t need paper and pen; she uses two pieces of cloth, a ball and several cast members who are good with their hands. Fitzgerald is a puppeteer and director of “Reverse Cascade,” an upcoming show at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson on Feb. 18. The… Read More

Lives Saved Reflecting on the legacy of Sir Nicholas Winton

Sir Nicholas Winton’s heroic efforts to save Jewish children during the 
Holocaust were popularized in 1988 on the BCC’s “That’s Life.”

The story of how Sir Nicholas Winton saved hundreds of Czechoslovakian children during World War II has become a viral sensation. “He saved 669 children during the Holocaust … and he doesn’t know they’re sitting next to him!” screams one headline that has made the rounds on social media. But the story of how Winton… Read More

A ‘Finished Project’ Leading violinist to play Towson professor’s concerto

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Jonathan Leshnoff is a man of many hats. He’s a musician, teacher and composer. But on Feb. 14, he’s going to be an audience member watching one of the world’s best violinists play his concerto. Grammy Award-winning violinist Gil Shaham, called “the leading American violinist of his generation” by Time magazine, will perform Leshnoff’s “Chamber… Read More

Peacemaker Comes to the Gordon Center Achinoam Nini brings multicultural sounds to Owings Mills on Feb. 6

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She’s performed for three popes, collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Sting, Pat Metheny and Quincy Jones and is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations. But Achinoam Nini, known as Noa, doesn’t let it get to her head or forget why she does what she does. “All I need to do is remember why I am… Read More