Rebel Without a Cause Fanatical Fischer goes haywire in ‘Pawn Sacrifice’

If there is any lingering goodwill in the world toward the late Bobby Fischer — the once-in-a-century chess whiz who achieved fame as an unlikely Cold Warrior — “Pawn Sacrifice” pretty much snuffs it out. Veteran director Edward Zwick’s fast-paced, bleakly entertaining film builds relentlessly from Fischer’s Brooklyn childhood to his internationally celebrated 1972 showdown… Read More

‘An Inspector Calls’ Director Noah Himmelstein opens Everyman’s 25th season

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For Noah Himmelstein, who grew up attending Everyman Theatre matinees as part of his high school alma mater George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology’s curriculum, returning to Baltimore to direct “An Inspector Calls,” which opens the theater’s 25th season, is one of what Himmelstein refers to as life’s “full-circle moments” for which he… Read More

Lecture Tackles Mencken’s Possible Anti-Semitism David Thaler will reveal what he believes to be definitive answer

David S. Thaler will give a lecture on Sept. 12 called “H.L. Mencken: Anti-Semite?”

Was H.L. Mencken anti-Semitic? The “Sage of Baltimore,” a journalist, satirist and scholar of American English who famously wrote about the Scopes monkey trial for The Baltimore Sun, and his relationship with the Chosen People has been hotly debated for decades. David S. Thaler, president of civil engineering firm D.S. Thaler & Associates, believes he… 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

The Hills Are Alive … with Yiddish Chasidim discover Norman Rockwell country, thanks to Chabad of the Berkshires

Jiminy Peak has become a popular August destination for Haredi Orthodox Jews.

HANCOCK, Mass. — The lazy days of August have a special flavor in the rolling hills of the Berkshires, in western Massachusetts. The flowers are blooming in dazzling colors, the corn at roadside farm stands is delectably sweet, the lakes are refreshingly cool, and the area’s picturesque New England villages are chock-full of families wandering… Read More