This Roller Derby Player Goes by the Name Hebrew-Ham Lincoln

NEW YORK — Dara Fineman may not be the only Jewish player in the Gotham Girls Roller Derby League, but she’s the only one who sports a Star of David painted over her eye. Her derby name is plenty Jewish too: “Hebrew-Ham Lincoln” — yes, that’s a reference to the 16th U.S. president — or… Read More

Celebrity Photographer Trains His Lens on Holocaust Survivors

Harry Borden is Britain’s Annie Leibovitz. Sort of. The American-born, U.K.-raised portrait photographer, 52, admits there “are some parallels” in their careers, though “obviously, I’m nowhere near as successful,” he said. Still, Borden is England’s go-to photographer when a publication wants a celebrity portrait. Elton John, Paul McCartney, Ewan McGregor and, perhaps most famously, Margaret… Read More

You Should Know… Kelley Spigel

After years of working for other law firms, family law attorney Kelley Spigel decided to start her own firm. Just two weeks ago, after four years of working at the law offices of Garland C. Hall, Spigel stepped out on her own. Spigel, 30, attended Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School and earned her bachelor’s degree… Read More

Film Festival Gears Up for Finale

The Baltimore Jewish Film Festival wraps up on Sunday, April 30, but three highly acclaimed films remain to be screened over the next week. The festival, put on by the Gordon Center for Performing Arts at the JCC of Greater Baltimore, is in its 29th year and is one of the oldest Jewish film festivals… Read More

Digging History Documentary Details Holocaust Escape, Unearths Buried Tunnel

Ever since Michael Kagan, 60, was a boy growing up in the United Kingdom, each detail of his father’s escape from a Nazi labor camp has ricocheted through his mind and heart. Now, in his new documentary, “Tunnel of Hope,” the son is sharing his father’s story with the world. It’s a story that Jack… Read More

A Mid-Passover Culinary Break

Around the fifth day of Passover, many people are eager for a break from heavy and complex matzoh dishes. Some celebrate after nightfall on the last day of Passover and invite many guests. A large spread of Passover delights often includes fish for fertility and golden rings (fried green tomatoes) for wealth. This final Pesach… Read More

You Should Know… Brocha Baum-Margolese

Brocha Baum-Margolese, 35, is the founder of Darchei Noam Montessori, Baltimore’s only Jewish Montessori school. Baum-Margolese, a married mother of six, grew up in Detroit. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska and is working on her Ph.D. online when she is not occupied with running her school, which is… Read More

Paula Vogel’s ‘Indecent’ Sets Stage with Timely Themes

Paula Vogel’s powerful drama “Indecent” explores a shameful time in American theater and Jewish history. It’s about events surrounding the 1923 Broadway production of Sholem Asch’s provocative, groundbreaking play “God of Vengeance,” which was written in 1906 in Yiddish and translated for the American stage. Asch’s play follows a Jewish couple who run a brothel… Read More

You Should Know… Melissa Halpern

For the last year and a half, Melissa Halpern has enjoyed her time as director of communications, marketing and social media at Chizuk Amuno Congregation, asserting herself as a key cog in its operation. In her position, Halpern, 32, handles all the brand promotion for the synagogue and its associated educational facilities — the Rosenbloom… Read More

Erasing the Stigma Beth Tfiloh hosts event to spark dialogue about addiction

Shame. Fear. Denial. Silence. Familiar territory in the life of someone struggling with addiction, as well as for family and friends. In an effort to reduce that stigma and encourage open dialogue, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Pikesville recently held an addiction education program, “Not in MY Family: Substance Abuse in the Jewish Community.”… Read More