On Goal Friedman’s road to Israel has led to dream sports career

Michael Friedman’s passion for soccer is evident in his i24 sports reports.

When Michael Friedman was growing up — about a three-hour drive north of Baltimore in Livingston, N.J. — he had dreams of being an anchor on ESPN SportsCenter. But after graduating from Arcadia University  just outside of Philadelphia, he made a life-changing decision. “In 2011, I got my degree in International business, and I decided… Read More

Purim Change of Pace Choose chocolate as a flavored dough

Triple chocolate hamantaschen would make a wonderful treat in coffee-themed Purim baskets.

Hamantaschen talk is always about the filling: prune, poppy, apricot and strawberry, just to name a few favorites. I love being creative with the fillings, but this year I wanted to change up things with a flavored dough rather than just a fun filling. And what better ingredient to include than chocolate. Once you have… Read More

Raising the Roof!

The pep band, front, attepmts to distract an opposing player taking a free-throw shot. (Donald “Mutt” Meritt)

Maryland fans are known for being enthusiastic. No group drives the electric atmosphere at a home game more than the University of Maryland Pep Band. Forty-five minutes before tip-off, at every men’s and women’s home basketball game, the band is ready to entertain the crowd with a binder full of popular tunes and an unwavering… Read More

Sniffing Out a Rat

The notions of power, motivation, guilt and innocence are challenged in ‘Hamlyn,’ now playing at Fells Point Corner Theatre. (Photos Provided)

Spanish playwright Juan Antonio Mayorga’s “Hamlyn,” translated by David Johnston and directed at the intimate Fells Point Corner Theatre by Barry Feinstein, confronts the ideas of motivation and power and challenges the notions of guilt and innocence, and the thin veil that can sometimes shroud both, rendering them indecipherable at face value. The play is… Read More

Behind The Scenes Terps support staff are part of the team

Video coordinator Jonathan Trock stays focused on the action during a recent game.
(Gary Trock)

The Terps’ basketball student managers, in their red-collared Under Armour shirts tucked into black pants, Gatorade bottles and towels at the ready, work hard to make sure that the team can focus on playing, at home and away. Head student manager Benjamin Eidelberg of Pikesville is in charge of making things run. Whether it’s putting… Read More

Spring into Performing Arts Baltimore’s hot performing arts scene warms up the start of the spring season

Amy Herzog (Photo provided)

The Jewish community will take an active role in the Baltimore County Dance Celebration, Feb. 1 to March 9, when the Gordon Center of Performing Arts plays host to many events including four major performances, dance workshops, seminars and smaller ensemble and solo performances. “We are thrilled to shine a spotlight on dance this February… Read More

Jewish Women Persevere Behind the Camera 2014 was a good year for female filmmakers

“Ida” is an Academy Award front-runner.

Surpassing $3 million in box office receipts, writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s feature debut “Obvious Child” was one of the surprise indie hits of last year. Not bad for a low-budget movie about a struggling New York Jewish comic (played by Jenny Slate) who mines her awkward personal life — including the decision to have an abortion… Read More