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

Great Expectations

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We are only in the first month of the National Basketball Association season, and all eyes are on the Cleveland Cavaliers. They are co-favorites with the Chicago Bulls for the Eastern Conference title and a spot in the NBA Finals. For the Cavs’ first-year head coach, David Blatt, who has never coached on any level… Read More

A Stage Legend’s Final Bow

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The name Vivienne Shub has been synonymous with Baltimore theater for nearly three-quarters of a century. When she passed away at the age of 95 on Sept. 18, Shub left behind her son, Daniel Shub, her daughters, Judith Shub-Condliffe and Amy Shub Rothstein, her younger sister, Naomi Greenberg, as well as grandchildren, cousins, nieces and… Read More

­Profile in Conscience

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It is not necessary for every new movie about World War II — and there are a surprising number each year — to reference the Holocaust. Even so, many moviegoers consider the calamities inextricably linked, as do most filmmakers. Contemporary audiences have the benefit of hindsight, and as Jews we are particularly attuned to the… Read More

‘Why We Love Israel’

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Comedian Benji Lovitt’s job is to make Jewish people around the world laugh. Making aliyah in 2006, the 40-year-old Dallas native now finds humor in his homeland. Touring the United States until Nov. 15, he will be entertaining crowds at Jewish community centers, synagogues and Jewish federations. He will be performing at the Suburban Orthodox… Read More

The Shoe’s the Thing

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It’s no secret that many women — and even some men — have been known to lose their heads over gorgeous footwear. Ever wonder what it would be like to be married to a man who makes high-end shoes for a living? When she headlines The Associated Women’s Fall Event, “One Sole Can Make a… Read More

Sharp Shooter

David Thorpe (center) has made a career out of helping NBA players improve their game, including Israelis Gal Mekel (left) and Omri Casspi.

Photo Courtesy of David Thorpe

Rodney Glasgow catches a pass, pivots, takes one dribble and lays the ball in the basket. David Thorpe, Glasgow’s coach and trainer for a couple of weeks this summer, steps in to offer some pointers, instructing the former Virginia Military Institute guard to look up after making the catch and how to keep opponents from… Read More