Baltimore Jewish Film Festival Fest features award-winning documentaries, dramas from Europe, Israel, Russia

The 27th annual William and Irene Weinberg Family Baltimore Jewish Film Festival runs at the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts from March 22 to April 28, featuring 11 films with subjects that originate from France, Israel, Germany, Great Britain, Russia and the United States. Themes this year, both meaty and provocative, tackle Israeli/Palestinian relations… Read More

Soulful Sound

As a promising young talent on the basketball court and the cello, 14-year-old Amit Peled found himself at a crossroads: He needed to concentrate his energies. Ultimately, he resigned himself to the fact that he’d never get the height needed for professional basketball like his idol, Miki Birkovich of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball club,… Read More

B1G-time Champions

The University of Maryland women’s basketball team clinched the Big Ten Conference championship, and with the team’s victory over Penn State Monday evening, the Terps are on their way to a perfect debut season in their new conference. Ranked No. 5 in the nation (24-2 overall, 16-0 in the Big Ten Conference), Maryland was guaranteed… Read More

Sober Purim

While many people can’t wait to crack open the booze each Purim, some in Baltimore’s Jewish community find themselves in a difficult situation, struggling to balance a recovery from addiction with a religious tradition. “I think Purim is, in some ways, an exception to prove a rule, which is that, by and large, our approach… Read More

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

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

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!

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

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