Lecture Tackles Mencken’s Possible Anti-Semitism David Thaler will reveal what he believes to be definitive answer

Was H.L. Mencken anti-Semitic? The “Sage of Baltimore,” a journalist, satirist and scholar of American English who famously wrote about the Scopes monkey trial for The Baltimore Sun, and his relationship with the Chosen People has been hotly debated for decades. David S. Thaler, president of civil engineering firm D.S. Thaler & Associates, believes he… Read More

Hitting the Right Notes Spreading Shabbat joy from the Upper East Side around the world

NEW YORK — To Jewish parents of young children on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Karina Zilberman is something of a celebrity. She is the tall, blonde, guitar-strumming founder of the 92nd Street Y’s Shababa, a multigenerational musical celebration of Shabbat whose name is a mash-up of the modern Hebrew word “sababa” (meaning “cool” or “chill”)… Read More

The Hills Are Alive … with Yiddish Chasidim discover Norman Rockwell country, thanks to Chabad of the Berkshires

HANCOCK, Mass. — The lazy days of August have a special flavor in the rolling hills of the Berkshires, in western Massachusetts. The flowers are blooming in dazzling colors, the corn at roadside farm stands is delectably sweet, the lakes are refreshingly cool, and the area’s picturesque New England villages are chock-full of families wandering… Read More

For the Love of the Sport Spirit, hard work fuel Israel’s efforts in two major lacrosse tournaments

The Israel Lacrosse Association finished two major international tournaments this August: the 2015 Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s U19 World Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland and the 2015 European Lacrosse Federation Lacrosse Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. The Israel women’s division finished fourth overall in Prague while the Israel youth division that competed internationally for the… Read More

Simon Says Creator of “The Wire” talks about Martin O’Malley, Charm City’s future and growing up in a house of storytellers

Yonkers, N.Y., may be the setting of David Simon’s newest TV drama —”Show Me A Hero” (premiering Aug. 16 on HBO) —but the chronicler of the streets of Baltimore —” Homicide,” “The Corner,” “The Wire” —insists the struggles remain the same. “It was a different argument, but it was the same structural, political disconnect,” says… Read More

Coming Together LGBT discussion at Enoch Pratt led by change-makers

Yitz Jordan, whose stage name is Y-love, has seen hate, prejudice and racism throughout his life, but when he and several other LGBT activists shared their stories in Baltimore on July 21, the negative wasn’t the focus of their discussion. “Taking a negative and making it a learning experience,” said Jordan, “[People have heard] a… Read More

Believing in Baltimore City students express feelings about unrest with help from renowned musicians

When Baltimore City saw riots and looting following the death of Freddie Gray in April, Believe in Music founder Kenny Liner was scared for his students and spent the night fighting the urge to hop in his car to make sure they all were OK. The Living Classrooms program, which aims to uplift Baltimore’s inner… Read More