Boisterous Yet Heartfelt

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Going back at least as far as Moses, Jews have taken public positions at personal risk. Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre’s inspiration comes from more recent role models: Larry Fine, Lenny Bruce, Mel Brooks and Woody Allen. The star and writer-director of the bracingly honest indie comedy “Obvious Child” embrace their Jewish comic influences and… Read More

Culinary Delights

The HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival in Asheville, N.C., is a popular fundraiser that features everything from hot dogs to noodle kugel. (Courtesy Marty Gillen)

Asheville, N.C., and Little Rock, Ark. Not exactly the Jewish capitals of America, but they are both home to major Jewish food festivals. From street vendors to strolling klezmer musicians, food festivals bring people together with traditional favorites, uniting history and culture. According to Marty Gillen, chairman of Asheville’s HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival,… Read More

Have You Heard?

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With so much talk of inclusion, it’s easy to conclude it’s just a buzzword, the issue of the moment. Inclusion can be hard to define, and what feels inclusive to one person may not feel that way to another. Yet, some institutions are taking meaningful steps toward including individuals with disabilities in their programming. Baltimore’s… Read More

Make It Memorable

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Poor Dad! For Mother’s Day almost 114 million greeting cards are purchased annually; for Dad’s big day, 90 million. And while many restaurants are bombarded for reservations on Mother’s Day, the same ones often are less than full on Dad’s special day. The most hallowed tradition on Father’s Day is for everyone to gather around… Read More

Diamond minds

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Standing on a hill on a glorious Sunday morning, Mark and Ron Shapiro are kvelling as they watch Caden Shapiro — son of Mark and grandson of Ron — pitching — in a baseball tournament in Aberdeen, Md., after having been shelved for nearly two months by a broken ankle. Mark Shapiro, the president of… Read More

A ‘Rocky’ Road to Stardom

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Margo Seibert was babysitting when she learned she had been chosen to play the role of Adrian in the first Broadway production of “Rocky,” a musical version of the 1976 Academy Award-winning film starring Sylvester Stallone, who co-authored the show’s libretto. “The director, Alex Timber, called and said, ‘We want you to have the role… Read More

For the People

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Jews have held many U.S. leaders in high esteem over the course of American history, but they maintain a particularly emotional bond with Abraham Lincoln. Gary Zola’s recently released book, “We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, a Documentary History,” sheds new light on that storied 19th-century relationship. From the time of Lincoln’s… Read More

A Nice Guy Who Finished First

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A half-hour doesn’t go by any faster than listening to longtime rock ‘n’ roll manager Shep Gordon’s anecdotes. In an interview coinciding with the recent San Francisco International Film Festival screening of Mike Myers’ briskly entertaining documentary, “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon,” Gordon offered firsthand memories of Groucho Marx and Barbra Streisand, Bill Graham… Read More

Season of Success

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Pikesville High School was home to several successful teams this spring season. The boys track team led the pack with a state championship title, something coach Adam Hittner described as the perfect end to a great season. The win was the first boys’ outdoor track title in school history, but Hittner said, “I was very… Read More

Surprise Ending

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“What is being done to silence this man?” an American rabbi asked in a 1963 letter to the Anti-Defamation League. He was talking about the novelist Philip Roth, whose early novels and short stories cast his fellow American Jews in what some considered a none-too-flattering light. Fast-forward half a century. On Thursday, the writer whose… Read More