A Home Run!

Sandy Koufax is out front in the Ron Lewis painting of Jewish major leaguers. The sale of 500 autographed prints is partly for charity.

At the first Detroit Tigers game he attended, in 1940, Bob Matthews saw slugging first baseman Hank Greenberg play. Now a retired orthodontist living in Farmington Hills, Mich., Matthews can gaze each day at his hero’s image on visits to the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit in nearby West Bloomfield. On a wall by… Read More

Silver Lining


“Repoussé Style Then and Now,” the Johns Hopkins University Evergreen Museum and Library’s latest exhibition, features the intricate metal work of artist Michael Izrael Galmer, a Russian Jew who emigrated to America from the former Soviet Union. Galmer, 67, said his career as an artist would not have been possible in Russia, due to anti-Semitism… Read More

Best New Blog


In February, Owings Mills native Taylor Seidel, 21, decided to funnel his passion for food into his writing and launched GoodEatsMaryland.com, a blog that “brings you closer to the best eats this town has for you.” Just 10 months later, the site receives between 1,500 and 2,000 views per month, almost 400 people follow his… Read More

Still a Star

Kirk Douglas with son Michael and grandson Dylan pose for a photo at Dylan's bar mitzvah in May 2014.

LOS ANGELES — Kirk Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch, the son of an immigrant Russian Jewish ragman, marked his 98th birthday on Dec. 9 by launching his 11th book. The legendary star of 87 movies (who can forget “Spartacus”?) can look back, in happiness and grief, on countless one-night stands with filmdom’s most beautiful women, a… Read More

Chanukah Home Runs

Shelly Saltman

Chanukah is a great time of the year for many reasons: the food, the telling of the miracle story and the exchanging of gifts, among others. Over the past year in this space, I have introduced you to many people — from Baltimore to every corner of the United States — who represent the best… Read More

Supporting Cast


Wow! We’re still eating leftover Thanksgiving pot pies, and now it is time for my annual Chanukah potato latke bar. I make hundreds of latkes, freeze them in advance and surround them with a myriad of toppings when serving. My pink applesauce is a favorite. Although the latkes are the stars of the meal, a… Read More

Mainstream Entertainment

Christian Bale, as Moses, leads the Egyptians into battle.

Moses, as best I recall from Hebrew school and “The Ten Commandments,” was a reluctant prophet with a speechimpediment who was ultimately persuaded by the unspeakable, unceasing suffering of his people — and God’s fearsome support — to confront Pharaoh and lead the Hebrews out of slavery. My, how (biblical) times have changed. The much-anticipated… Read More

Images of a Vanished Baltimore

A prolific painter for more than 60 years, Jacob Glushakow captured the essence and depicted the quiet emotion of simple commonplace scenes in Baltimore, a city he loved deeply. His body of work, especially of market scenes and of building demolition and renewal from about 1940 to 1970, created a documentation of the changing urban… Read More



Chants of “I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win!” thundered through the Hurwitz gym as Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School students decked out in blue and yellow — some donning face paint, capes and tutus — cheered on the home team BT Warriors during the 28th Annual Joseph and Florence… Read More

A Sense of Jewishness

Susan Sontag

The late author, essayist, filmmaker and public intellectual Susan Sontag insisted on defining herself and adamantly resisted being labeled by others. Sontag vehemently objected to being called a lesbian, for example, and to the idea of classifying sexuality. As filmmaker Nancy Kates puts it, “She was an unidentified queer person who mostly slept with women.”… Read More