These young women were photographed at an Aisquith Street studio in Baltimore, circa 1900. Can you identify anyone in this photo? Contact Joanna Church, 410-732-6400, ext. 226 or jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org.  To see more of the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection and find out who has been identified in past photos, visit  jewishmuseummd.org/tag/once-upon-a-time-2/

Disraeli: The Novel Politician, By David Cesarani Yale University Press, 282 pages

Benjamin Disraeli, the only Jewish-born prime minister of the United Kingdom, may have been Jewish by birth, but his life and  descriptions of the Jewish people were anything but orthodox. David Cesarani’s new monograph of the historic leader begins with a short introduction about Disraeli’s father and grandfather. As a child, Disraeli becomes a Christian… Read More

Facebook’s Sandberg Donates $31M of Company Stock

Facebook Chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has donated 290,000 shares of company stock, worth about $31 million, to various charities. The majority of the money will go to women’s empowerment groups and Lean In, Sandberg’s  nonprofit supporting women in the workplace, according to CNBC, citing an unnamed source familiar with Sandberg’s plans. The donations were… Read More

Making History Rabbi Lila Kagedan breaks through with job at Orthodox shul

NEW YORK — When Rabbi Lila Kagedan spends her first Shabbat at the Mount Freedom Jewish Center in Randolph, N.J., later this month, she will be making history. A recent graduate of Yeshivat Maharat, Kagedan, 35, is the first person ordained at the Orthodox women’s clergy training institute in New York to adopt the title… Read More

Curly’s Mojo Local artist’s work now included in coloring books for adults craze

Howard Greenberg (aka Curly) and Joe Shansky (aka Mo), both 70, met when they were about 13 years old as they battered a ball for hours against a concrete wall, playing paddleball (similar to handball) in a Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood playground. They became fast friends and remained paddleball partners for nearly a decade, playing every… Read More

Gospel Prince Comes to the Gordon Joshua Nelson draws on his black and Jewish heritages to create a hybrid style

Joshua Nelson is going to take the people to church at the Gordon Center on Sunday, but the Jews in the audience will feel right at home. The Prince of Kosher Gospel, as he is known, fuses American gospel music with lyrics rooted in Judaism to create what he calls “kosher gospel.” “Overcoming was not… Read More

Chinese Food for Thought Cantor Helzner’s presentation at Beth Am shows the Chinese-Jewish connection is more than a Christmas meal tradition

According to Cantor Robyn Helzner of Temple Sinai and Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C., it turns out those buoyant kreplach in your chicken soup could be a close relative to dim sum, the stuffed dumpling delicacy that is a staple of Chinese food. Helzner’s connection to China started with an invitation from… Read More

Will 2016 Be Year of … A few storylines to keep an eye on

The wave of violence in Israel For nearly four months, Israelis have been subjected to a steady stream of Palestinian attacks that so far have killed 27, injured 279 and stoked a climate of tension in Israel not unlike that of the intifada era. A poll in November by the Israel Democracy Institute found that… Read More