Sarbanes, The Jazz Musician

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Nico Sarbanes’ parents planted musical seeds early in his life, perhaps paving the way for him to become a jazz trumpeter. “Jazz was the first music I heard when I was growing up,” he said. “My parents were playing Sinatra and Tony Bennett for me when I was a kid.” Sarbanes, the son of Dina… Read More

What Is Love?

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We say “I love you” or “I love (fill in the blank)” so casually in our everyday lives that it becomes empty and insignificant. Many people say “I love pizza,” “I love brownies,” “I love working out (or maybe not),” “I love my car,” and recently I heard a teenager tell someone she had only… Read More

Enough

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On my daughter’s Twitter feed the Monday after the Navy Yard shooting: “Enough. #DCStrong.” I felt proud at her outrage and also sad because this is yet another in a long line of national violent tragedies our children have grown up knowing. Our children, who were babies, preschoolers during 9/11 — is this to be… Read More

Styling Made Simple

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Right off Pikesville’s Hooks Lane, Baltimore native Lauren Rutkovitz  and her team of styling experts are busy making Baltimore women look and feel their best. With its warm turquoise walls, A Style Studio is a full-service makeup studio mixed with a clothes and accessories boutique, dedicated to providing women — all women — the opportunity… Read More

Out Of The Shadows

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Here one day, gone the next. That’s what it feels like when a loved one dies — especially when that person takes his or her own life. That’s the focus of “Here One Day,” a highly personal 2012 documentary by award-winning Jewish filmmaker Kathy Leichter. The film is about her mother, Nina Leichter, who jumped… Read More

The War That Changed American Jewry

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In the middle of the night on Feb. 23, 1861, three individuals tread quietly through the darkened streets of Baltimore. One was Allen Pinkerton, head of a private detective agency. Another was serving as a bodyguard. The third, wearing an overcoat draped over his shoulders and a soft felt hat, and hunched over to disguise… Read More

‘Mums’ the Word

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The Mummies Are Coming! The Mummies Are Coming! Yes, you heard right. The largest collection of real animal and human mummies ever assembled will be taking up residence at the Maryland Science Center and welcoming visitors as of Sept. 28. The collection includes a 6,420-year-old child mummy from Peru and an entire mummy family. The… Read More

‘Soul Doctor’

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Gevalt. It is a Yiddish exclamation of surprise, incredulity. Usually, it’s negative, like “Oy, gevalt!” But Eric Anderson, the non-Jewish actor who transformed himself into the hippie rabbinic icon, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, said he learned the term can have a whole other meaning. “[Shlomo] used it like ‘Wow,’ ‘Gevalt! This is amazing,’ ‘Gevalt! I cannot… Read More

Foundation for Jewish Culture To Close Next Year

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Does Jewish culture need a central address in order to thrive? Not according to the people who work there. The Foundation for Jewish Culture, a New York-based organization that has given more than $50 million to Jewish scholars and artists since 1960, will cease its operations in the coming year. According to the FJC’s president… Read More

It’s Showtime In Baltimore

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Is it our imagination or is Charm City’s arts scene super Jewish this fall? Whether it is theater, film, dance, music or visual arts, Jewish themes, venues and performers are stealing the spotlight. The following is a guide to some of the hottest picks of this eclectic and artful season.   Virtuous Virtuoso Piano prodigy… Read More