Kids’ Soccer Leagues Aim to Bridge Israel’s Religious Divide

PARDES HANNA, Israel — When Yoel decided, at age 8, to begin observing Shabbat, there was one problem: It meant he couldn’t join most of Israel’s youth soccer teams, which played games on Saturday. Yoel, now 12, has always lived in the increasingly large gray area between Israel’s starkly divided religious and secular Jewish societies…. Read More

You Should Know: Randi Leshin

Randi Leshin, owner of the All About U! salon in Savage, has deep roots in Howard County. The 29-year-old Columbia native went to Graham Webb Academy, a cosmetology school in Arlington, after graduating from Atholton High School. Much of her extended family lives in Howard County. With nine years of experience as a stylist and… Read More

You Should Know: Ross Lewin

Ross Lewin uses photography to pursue both his professional and personal ambitions. The 27-year-old Columbia native abandoned a marketing career to follow his passion behind the camera. As a photographer, Lewin shoots portraits as well as sports teams. And he founded Cameras for Cancer, a non-profit that channels funds to research and pays cancer patients’… Read More

The Holocaust’s Youngest Survivors

Hana Berger Moran, Mark Olsky and Eva Clarke, all 71, have more in common than just their age. They were all born in or on their way to Nazi concentration camps, making them among the youngest survivors of the Holocaust. The three are also subjects of the book “Born Survivors,” by British writer Wendy Holden…. Read More

Poetry Place

Sunday is Mother’s Day, a day for giving flowers and cards, a day for spending time with family. But for those whose mothers have passed away, Mother’s Day can be filled with grief and reflection. “I’m not normally a poet, but after my mother died, I looked for ways to express my grief,” said Roslyn… Read More

You Should Know: David Greisman

David Greisman, 34, is following a boxing writer’s dream. While the Columbia native continues his day job in media and communications, he is steadfastly honing his craft as a boxing writer. When you were growing up, did you want to be a sports writer? I liked all of the local teams, and I watched the… Read More

That time ‘Hamilton’ Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Sang in Hebrew

Raise a glass! The 2016 Tony Award nominations were announced May 3, and the revolutionary Broadway megahit “Hamilton” collected the lion’s share, with a record-breaking total of 16. Creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda himself received three nods, for best original score, best book and best lead actor. This makes it official: Whether we’re talking about the 18th… Read More

Feel the Rhythm of the Flow of Flamenco

Yolit Yospe-Kachlon doesn’t just feel the emotions when flamenco musicians sing and play guitar. She dances them. “When you hear a flamenco song, you don’t have to understand the words to feel the emotions,” Yospe-Kachlon said, following a four-hour teaching and rehearsal stint at a Rockville, Md., dance studio last week. Israeli-born, Yospe-Kachlon grew up… Read More