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

HaZamir Headed to New York

For many choir members, fostering Jewish identity is one of HaZamir’s strengths. (Provided)

On Sunday, after a weekend of rigorous rehearsals, Shabbat activities and networking with the more than 350 fellow singers from around the country and Israel, HaZamir and its cadre of teenage singers will make its debut at Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York. HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir, will… Read More

Feeling Panicked? It Could Be in the Genes

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In designing and testing theories on how the body programs its 19,000 genes, Moshe Szyf, a geneticist and molecular biologist at McGill University in Montreal, has expanded the notion of Jewish guilt. Sure, we might feel bad about passing along hereditary genes that raise our baby’s future risk of breast cancer, obesity or depression. But… Read More

Baltimore Jewish Film Festival Fest features award-winning documentaries, dramas from Europe, Israel, Russia

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The 27th annual William and Irene Weinberg Family Baltimore Jewish Film Festival runs at the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts from March 22 to April 28, featuring 11 films with subjects that originate from France, Israel, Germany, Great Britain, Russia and the United States. Themes this year, both meaty and provocative, tackle Israeli/Palestinian relations… Read More

Soulful Sound

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As a promising young talent on the basketball court and the cello, 14-year-old Amit Peled found himself at a crossroads: He needed to concentrate his energies. Ultimately, he resigned himself to the fact that he’d never get the height needed for professional basketball like his idol, Miki Birkovich of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball club,… Read More

B1G-time Champions

The Maryland women’s basketball team poses with their coaches, UMD President Wallace D. Loh and school mascot Testudo in front of the Big Ten Conference trophy. ( Maryland Athletics)

The University of Maryland women’s basketball team clinched the Big Ten Conference championship, and with the team’s victory over Penn State Monday evening, the Terps are on their way to a perfect debut season in their new conference. Ranked No. 5 in the nation (24-2 overall, 16-0 in the Big Ten Conference), Maryland was guaranteed… Read More

Sober Purim

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While many people can’t wait to crack open the booze each Purim, some in Baltimore’s Jewish community find themselves in a difficult situation, struggling to balance a recovery from addiction with a religious tradition. “I think Purim is, in some ways, an exception to prove a rule, which is that, by and large, our approach… Read More