Opening the Floodgates


An earnest amalgam of free-association Bible story, dire disaster movie and family melodrama, “Noah” is a more thoughtful and provocative film than one has any right to expect. Sure, it’s ludicrous and ponderous at times and embellished with gratuitous special effects, but it also succeeds in prodding the viewer to reflect on his or her… Read More

A Way with Words


It is 10:05 p.m. and the lights on the phone bank at the studios of WFED-AM radio in Northwest Washington are completely full. The Capitals have just lost to their bitter arch-rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins, on a last-second goal. Ben Raby, who hosts the postgame show on the Washington Capitals Radio Network, is poised and… Read More

Maryland Teams Hustle to Win


“One, two, three, hustle!” yelled Paige Siegal’s University of Maryland women’s team as they returned to the court from halftime during the National Hillel Basketball Tournament championship games on Sunday. They were leading by eight points. Within the first minute of the second half, Ali Feinstein of the Texas team had taken hold of the… Read More

Art From the Heart


Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity and to learn skills to assist… Read More

Something to Laugh About


It’s often said that the funniest people are really the saddest. But that’s not the case with Modi Rosenfeld, an Israeli-born stand-up comedian who will perform at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts on Sunday, March 30. Going by the stage name of Modi, Rosenfeld is actually a very happy guy. It seems he’s also… Read More

Tamir Goodman Stays in Game


When he was sidelined by injuries during his time as a professional basketball player in Israel, Tamir Goodman’s mind was still in the game. “Specifically during that time when I wasn’t playing, I was spending my time in rehab, but I’d go to every game, I’d go to every practice, and I’d study if there… Read More

From Farm to Seder Table


NEW YORK — In their small farmhouse bakery in Vermont, Doug Freilich and Julie Sperling work around the clock producing matzah in the period preceding Passover — a matzah that feels ancient and modern at once. Using a mix of grain they grow on their own farm and wheat sourced from other local farmers, the… Read More

The Hockey Maven


As the Boston Bruins buzz the Islanders net throughout the opening period of a game at the Nassau Coliseum, Stan Fischler is standing 10 feet behind the Plexiglas to the left of New York goaltender Kevin Poulin. Fischler, a hockey broadcaster for four decades, can feel the rattling boards of forechecking Bruins. There’s no place… Read More

Slam Dunk


For the past three years, University of Maryland Hillel has hosted a basketball tournament for Hillel teams from around the country. Students will gather in College Park once again on March 28 for the National Hillel Basketball Tournament, a weekend of food, speakers and basketball. The winning team will take home the Kiddush Cup. The… Read More

Jewish Cinema Grabs Spotlight


The William and Irene Weinberg Family’s Baltimore Jewish Film Festival kicks off March 20, marking the event’s 26th year. The festival will showcase works from national and international filmmakers depicting Jewish themes. The festival, which runs through April 10, will feature works that range in length from just 10 minutes to more than two hours,… Read More