On my daughter’s Twitter feed the Monday after the Navy Yard shooting: “Enough. #DCStrong.” I felt proud at her outrage and also sad because this is yet another in a long line of national violent tragedies our children have grown up knowing. Our children, who were babies, preschoolers during 9/11 — is this to be… Read More

Styling Made Simple


Right off Pikesville’s Hooks Lane, Baltimore native Lauren Rutkovitz  and her team of styling experts are busy making Baltimore women look and feel their best. With its warm turquoise walls, A Style Studio is a full-service makeup studio mixed with a clothes and accessories boutique, dedicated to providing women — all women — the opportunity… Read More

Out Of The Shadows


Here one day, gone the next. That’s what it feels like when a loved one dies — especially when that person takes his or her own life. That’s the focus of “Here One Day,” a highly personal 2012 documentary by award-winning Jewish filmmaker Kathy Leichter. The film is about her mother, Nina Leichter, who jumped… Read More

The War That Changed American Jewry


In the middle of the night on Feb. 23, 1861, three individuals tread quietly through the darkened streets of Baltimore. One was Allen Pinkerton, head of a private detective agency. Another was serving as a bodyguard. The third, wearing an overcoat draped over his shoulders and a soft felt hat, and hunched over to disguise… Read More

‘Mums’ the Word


The Mummies Are Coming! The Mummies Are Coming! Yes, you heard right. The largest collection of real animal and human mummies ever assembled will be taking up residence at the Maryland Science Center and welcoming visitors as of Sept. 28. The collection includes a 6,420-year-old child mummy from Peru and an entire mummy family. The… Read More

‘Soul Doctor’


Gevalt. It is a Yiddish exclamation of surprise, incredulity. Usually, it’s negative, like “Oy, gevalt!” But Eric Anderson, the non-Jewish actor who transformed himself into the hippie rabbinic icon, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, said he learned the term can have a whole other meaning. “[Shlomo] used it like ‘Wow,’ ‘Gevalt! This is amazing,’ ‘Gevalt! I cannot… Read More

Foundation for Jewish Culture To Close Next Year


Does Jewish culture need a central address in order to thrive? Not according to the people who work there. The Foundation for Jewish Culture, a New York-based organization that has given more than $50 million to Jewish scholars and artists since 1960, will cease its operations in the coming year. According to the FJC’s president… Read More

It’s Showtime In Baltimore


Is it our imagination or is Charm City’s arts scene super Jewish this fall? Whether it is theater, film, dance, music or visual arts, Jewish themes, venues and performers are stealing the spotlight. The following is a guide to some of the hottest picks of this eclectic and artful season.   Virtuous Virtuoso Piano prodigy… Read More

Lights On At Eutaw Place

Even if you haven’t heard Toby Lightman’s name, you’ve probably heard her music. Since her first album, “Little Things,” debuted in 2004, the 35-year-old singer-songwriter’s music has been virtually everywhere. Lightman will be in Baltimore on Nov. 2, when she performs at Eutaw Place, a venue that has featured up-and-coming singer-songwriters since spring 2012. Although… Read More

Looking Forward

Neil Harbisson’s 
sonochromatic artwork

American Visionary Art Museum founder and director Rebecca Alban Hoffberger calls the museums’ new exhibition, “Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity,” opening on Oct. 5, one of the most important and most prescient ones AVAM has ever developed. Although the multiple issues raised by technology’s ever-growing impact on our society are the subjects of… Read More