This Canadian Model Is a Comedy Sensation in Israel

TEL AVIV — Renny Grinshpan is a Canadian Israeli with shaky Hebrew. Yet in the past several months, she has become famous in this country for her comedic commentary on Israeli culture. Millions watch her Facebook videos — and she is recognized on the street. “Renny, can I get you something?” a slightly star-struck waiter… Read More

Light City Features Installation from Israeli Artists

This year’s Light City Baltimore, the second year of the highly successful light festival, features an installation from Israeli artists among the 23 total chosen out of around 150 applications. “House of Cards” is the installation from Merav Eitan and Gaston Zahr, architects and artists whose office, OGE Group, is based in Haifa. It looks… Read More

Weekend Plans: What To Do 3/31­–4/1

Friday March 31, 2017 Event: Got Shabbat Celebrate a family-friendly Shabbat dinner with events including a Tot Shabbat service, a full-catered dinner and activities for all children. It is a perfect opportunity to meet families in the community or interfaith families while enjoying the Sabbath together. Tickets: $25 per family. 5:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m…. Read More

Same Seder, Different ‘Dayenu’

The ancient division of Jewry into Sephardim and Ashkenazim originally was a geographic division: “Ashkenaz” is Hebrew for “German”; “Sepharad” translates as “Spain.” Today, a number of differences between Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jews still exist in practice, despite geography no longer being a factor, as the communities live side by side in Baltimore. The JT… Read More

10-Year-Old Kickstarts the Death Star Synagogue Lego

An enterprising elementary school student, Chanan Finkelstein, has taken to the popular crowd-funding website Kickstarter with a new, custom-made Jewish Lego toy — the Brickovicker Rebbe, the first of a new sect of Lego Chasidim. Chanan, 10, a fourth-grader at Ohr Chadash Academy of Baltimore started the project because wanted the Lego Death Star. At… Read More

Out and Devout: Panel of Faith Leaders Addresses LGBTQ Community

On Sunday, leaders from four faiths — Judaism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity — met to talk about their relationships, but not with each other. The Human Rights Campaign and Brown Memorial’s Tiffany Series co-hosted a panel discussion on “Faith Matters: Religion and the LGBTQ Community in Fractious Times.” Del. Mary Washington (D-District 43), who is… Read More

You Should Know… Scott Hines

If you’ve ever enjoyed a meal at B&O American Brasserie, Scott Hines, 34, is the guy to thank. The Philadelphia native is executive chef at the restaurant, meaning he oversees anything food-related there, from creating the restaurant menus to food service for the Hotel Monaco (to which B&O is connected). Growing up in an interfaith… Read More

The Faces of Israel’s Ambassadors

Israel is one of the most diverse nations in the world even with a population of just 8.3 million people. As the Jewish state and home to an innumerable amount of relics sacred to Muslims, Christians and Jews alike, Israel has always drawn pilgrims and immigrants from around the world. However, in a time when… Read More

Seders for Seniors

Post retirement, it is important for people to stay engaged with activities and organizations. Even those who are unable to live independently still want to celebrate milestones and holidays, including Passover. And with Passover fast approaching, area senior living facilities with Jewish populations are preparing for the holiday. Sherrie Polsky, director of community life at… Read More

Israel’s Baseball Team Succeeds with Help from Jewish Baltimore

On any given day, Yoni Rosenblatt can be found at his Fells Point office working with Orioles and Ravens players or several top local college and prep school teams. As owner of True Sports Physical Therapy, Rosenblatt, 35, has for the last three years created a niche in which he feels there is little or… Read More