Chanukah Sweaters are Now a Thing — And I Love Them

NEW YORK (JTA) — Ever since I moved here from Israel, every late November felt like the beginning of a month-long assault. Every store, business and doctor’s office blared Christmas songs, streets were decorated with ostentatious light shows and seemingly everything became green and red — which, as an art school grad, I found personally… Read More

Chanukah Concerts Kick Off with Klezmer

While Chanukah’s traditions can sometimes get lost in the chaos of the holiday season, local organizations and congregations are making sure to keep tradition front and center, starting with the music. A number of the various area concerts will feature klezmer bands, known for playing traditional Yiddish and Jewish music derived from Eastern European folk… Read More

Transcending The Music

If Pikesville-based composer Jonathan Leshnoff hasn’t taken you on a experiential journey while you’re listening to his music, he hasn’t done his job. Or so he contends in the liner notes to his recently released album containing world premiere recordings of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus performing his “Symphony No. 2” and “Zohar.” Both… Read More

You Should Know … Craig Solomon

Craig Solomon, 40, is a Baltimore businessman with a penchant for philanthropy. Outside his career working in financial systems consulting, Solomon started B-More Engaged, “a young professional’s group that helps eager volunteers find a variety of ways to volunteer in the Baltimore community,” according to the group’s Facebook page. Solomon grew up in Gaithersburg, Md.,… Read More

Nacho Latkes? You Bet!

In our “blended” neighborhood, we are surrounded by Christmas decorations. Diversity abounds! But when it comes to food, there is one December favorite all the neighbors look forward to: my annual latke party. My latke party is a great way to entertain as well as to spread knowledge of Judaism. I can see the results… Read More

A Book About Jewish Boxers and Anti-Semitism

Many people have asked me why I chose to write the book, Max Baer and Barney Ross: Jewish Heroes of Boxing, which was just published. It’s a good question. Most people, Jews and non-Jews, have no idea that from 1910 to 1941, there were 628 professional Jewish boxers in the United States. Many of them,… Read More

You Should Know … Dan Snyder

Dan Snyder has figured out the secret to creating his own fashion that is far from being a fad. It took some hard-nosed investigation, a smattering of elbow grease, tireless lucubration and a preternatural capability for problem-solving. But this 32-year-old current Brooklynite originally from Columbia officially opened the doors on his own subtle and austere… Read More

Israeli Cuisine on the Screen

Israel arguably has one of the hottest food scenes in the world, but Baltimoreans don’t necessarily have to travel overseas to get a taste. “In Search of Israeli Cuisine,” a movie documenting a culinary journey throughout Israel, is being screened at the Gordon Center on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m., presented by the Baltimore… Read More

Annapolis Day School Hosts Concert Fundraiser

The only Jewish day school in Anne Arundel and surrounding counties hopes the universal language of music will bring awareness — and funds — to the small school. On Dec. 11, renowned musicians — pianist Janna Friedman (and founder of the Janna Friedman Music School in Baltimore), violinist Nikita Borisevich and baritone singer Shouvik Mondle… Read More