Bridging Sounds, Bridging Cultures

Idan Raichel performs at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 22. (Provided)

Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel got the pre-tour jitters in anticipation for his American tour — changing the set list, figuring out how to incorporate his band into the performance and even tinkering with his own instrument. “I’ve been waiting for this tour for a long time,” he said. He decided to perform on a grand… Read More

Post-Passover Palate

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Ah, Pesach! At first the matzah delights us with its spiritual symbolism and its culinary versatility: farfel, cake meal, matzah brei and more. But by the end of Pesach, we call out “Dayenu!” Enough with the matzoh. Time to return to our leavened life and cleanse our palate so that next spring our bellies pine… Read More

Free-spending Marlins?

Joel Mael sees long-term success for the Marlins with their new money 
philosophy.

MIAMI — For Joel Mael, the Shabbat- observing vice chairman of the Miami Marlins, the team’s free spending in the offseason was wise from a financial perspective. Signing Giancarlo Stanton, 25, to a record 13-year, $325 million contract and fellow outfielder Christian Yelich, 23, to a seven-year, nearly $50 million deal were parts of a… Read More

In Character

Ayelet Tsabari: “I love accessing 
different characters … that 
are not necessarily me.”

Ayelet Tsabari acted as a child and teen, appearing in Habima’s youth performances in Israel, a commercial and some student films. Although Tsabari no longer acts, the author of the award-winning “The Best Place on Earth” feels that the experience of fiction writing is not entirely unlike acting. “I love accessing different characters to put… Read More

Stepping Up Her Game

Roland Park Country School senior Jenna Baverman will compete for Team Israel at the Women’s 2015 U19 Lacrosse World Championship in Scotland this summer. (Photos Provided)

On a chilly Sunday morning, the ground still wet from a recent snowfall, Jenna Baverman runs through lacrosse drills, showing off her speed, strength and intensity with every move. She radiates power borne out of long hours in the gym and a commitment to keeping her body in peak performance readiness. It is little wonder… Read More

A Jewish Journey Meet Ruth Porat, Google’s new CFO

Ruth Porat, who will join Google as its CFO, speaks during a panel discussion at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., last month.

To the business media, the symbolism of Ruth Porat’s move from her position as chief financial officer of Morgan Stanley to her newly announced perch as Google’s CFO of the future couldn’t be more obvious — it represents a shift in power from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. And there’s no question that it’s a… Read More

Not Quite Golden Mirren’s unshakable portrait lifts ‘Woman in Gold’

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The opening shots of “Woman in Gold” depict the preparation and application of gold leaf to a painting. The sequence evokes the title of the film, then goes on to introduce the famous Gustav Klimt portrait known familiarly as “Lady in Gold.” What every viewer will discern, though it isn’t acknowledged until later, is the… Read More

Pesach Egg-citement

My family used to joke that whether you identify yourself as Reform, Conservative, Orthodox or any other variety of Judaism, on Passover we all become gastronomical Jews! Food is definitely the main event at Passover, and whether you are preparing an entire Seder or only one dish to contribute to a larger meal, eggs can… Read More

Beating the ‘Matzah Diet’ Your holiday Haggadah to staying healthy during Passover

Passover is the time of the year when Jews celebrate our freedom from slavery in Egypt. But the endless monotony of eggs, potatoes and matzah for eight days may leave you feeling like a slave to your chametz-free diet. However, the avoidance of bread and certain grains and legumes doesn’t have to limit the wealth… Read More

Safe at Home

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There are a wealth of Passover books catering to younger audiences out this spring, including an inventive sports haggadah and brightly illustrated stories for tots. Jews and baseball go together like matzoh balls and chicken soup. Imagine, then, Rabbi Sharon Forman’s surprise when last Passover, her middle child, Joshua declared that he could not find… Read More