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In this week’s parsha we learn that Moses’ siblings, first Miriam and then Aaron, have died. We are not told how Moses and Aaron reacted to Miriam’s passing. The text leaves many holes for us to fill. What does the Torah say about Moses’ relationship with his older sister Miriam? We know of only a… Read More

Spirituality in Art ‘Underground’ artist finds inspiration in Jewish mysticism


LONDON — The underside of one of London’s busiest train stations is an unlikely place to find a room full of Kabbalistic imagery. Yet, located under Waterloo station, south of the River Thames, is Gallery 223, now showing the works of artist Simone Krok, whose main inspiration comes from the Kabbalah. Taking center stage in… Read More

Friday Night at Church A poem in response to tragedies in Tagbha, Israel and Charleston, S.C.

Tonight the Shabbos Queen will go to church She will walk within the Land of Israel until she arrives in Tabgha She will hold hands with each member of the congregation at The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish She will pray She will stay until the Holy Land is Holy She… Read More

All-Star Band Brings James Brown Back to Life Baltimore natives anchor the James Brown Dance Party, coming to Baltimore and Washington this weekend


Although James Brown passed away nearly a decade ago after 73 funky years on earth, the Godfather of Soul’s immortal music remains. “James Brown is, to me, the quintessential funk,” said Adam Chase, a Baltimore native who now lives in Asheville, N.C. “When it comes to [funk], there’s no better than James Brown.” Chase, along… Read More

The Many Lives of Arnold Clapman Renaissance man reconnects to Judaism in Baltimore as he continues lifetime of making music, art


Five years ago, Arnold David Clapman came to Baltimore, as he said, with his tail between his legs. His marriage had ended, as did his many art classes — which during his 25 years in California included teaching at-risk youth and incarcerated men — when funding dried up. California just didn’t feel like home anymore…. Read More

A Musical Summer

Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia hosts a diversity of musical acts and festivals this summer.

This summer, Baltimore residents can catch jam bands, pop-punk heroes, classic rock icons, alternative rock giants, comedy, orchestral performances and a variety of up-and-comers at the region’s various outdoor venues. “There’s nothing like seeing a concert outdoors,” said Toby Blumenthal, director of rentals and presentations at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. “That’s what summer’s all… Read More

A Philharmonic Journey Huberman’s music comes to Gordon Center to mark 70th anniversary of WWII


Last Sunday, attendees at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills were transported back to the days of World War II, but in a manner that no one has done before. To mark the 70th anniversary of the war’s end, Sundays at Three Sinfonia performed selections by Polish-Jewish violinist Bronislaw Huberman in a… Read More

Forging a New Vision Josh Kohn embraces new role as performance director at Creative Alliance

Josh Kohn (Photo by David Stuck)

Less than a week before heading to China for a tour sponsored by the New Orleans-based public radio show “American Routes,” the Chinese government clamped down on all outdoor festivals. Club appearances with audiences greater than 600 people were canceled too. With three ensembles — Treme Brass Band, Los Tex Maniacs and Wylie and the… Read More

Her Signature Piece Agnieszka Kurant and the art of what’s missing

Agnieszka Kurant’s “The End of 
Signature” is an ode to the 
disappearing art of handwriting and will be visible at night. .

NEW YORK — On June 5, Agnieszka Kurant will become one of only a handful of artists to have their work adorn the famous curved facade of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Kurant’s “The End of Signature,” a neon white projection created from the actual signatures of museum visitors with the help of a computer… Read More

Green and Healthy How to tweak your spring salads


The new food movement/trend is eating well and healthy to look and feel better. And what better time than spring to jump-start lighter, delicious eating. From blueberries and strawberries to asparagus and spinach, good choices can improve moods for all ages. Local fresh foods really are healthier. You will enjoy higher nutrient levels because they… Read More