Supporting Cast

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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

‘Phenomenal’

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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

Through the Eyes of Dinah

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“The Red Tent,” the best-selling 1997 novel by Anita Diamant, is coming to the Lifetime cable television network next month as a two-part miniseries. Diamant’s novel, adapted for film by Elizabeth Chandler (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”) and Anne Meredith (“Secrets of Eden”), gives a fictionalized account of the life of Dinah, the only… Read More

Spotlight on Nostalgia

A Kutsher's postcard.

When young independent music enthusiasts descended on the antiquated Jewish resort of Kutsher’s for an international indie rock concert series in 2008, it was “kind of like ‘Cocoon’ meets ‘The Shining,’” Barry Hogan recalls in the forthcoming documentary film “Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort.” The comment by Hogan, founder of the All Tomorrow’s… Read More

Making Thanksgiving Jewish

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How do we make Thanksgiving Jewish? Many scholars believe that the secular American holiday, first celebrated in 1621 by the pilgrims, was deliberately modeled on Sukkot. There are myriad ways to make the meal kosher and also stretch the food to enjoy through Shabbos. In addition to roasting one whole turkey, make one large turkey… Read More

‘Unity Through Diversity’

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Designer James Rouse’s vision for the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center when he planned the Columbia community in the 1970s was to bring together different faiths and exchange ideas, not just share the same roof. The current exhibit at the Meeting House Gallery there is a perfect example of that sentiment. The gallery fills the large… Read More

Jewish Rock for the Ages

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It’s been almost 40 years since the original musicians of Safam first made music together. “Safam means mustache in Hebrew,” explained Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s cantor, Robbie Solomon, a founding group member. “The name comes from the 1970s when we all had facial hair.” While band members aren’t as hairy as they were in 1974, their… Read More