Arts & Life

BY Marc Shapiro
September 11, 2014

He may be a Beatles fan now, but it wasn’t until a 1963 Christmas radio broadcast that Rabbi Lionel Chiswell caught on, late for someone from Liverpool, which was well engulfed in Beatlemania by then. The rabbi, who now lives in Pikesville, grew up in Liverpool and attended synagogue with Brian Epstein, who would later CONTINUE »

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Area schools take a hands-on approach
BY Allie Freedman
September 11, 2014

Coloring, crafting and shofar blowing? With Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur just around the corner, Jewish preschools are inviting the high holidays into their classrooms. From dipping apples in honey to learning where the horn for the shofar comes from, teachers in Baltimore are rolling the Jewish holidays into their curriculums. Enter Ilene Brooks’ classroom CONTINUE »

Israel’s first hit movie highlights TCM series
BY Michael Fox
September 11, 2014

A half-century after its unexpected and enormous success, “Sallah” stands as a landmark of Israeli cinema and a window on a bygone era. Israeli columnist, author and satirist Ephraim Kishon’s 1964 film debut is a take-no-prisoners, culture-clash comedy about the “education” of a Sephardic immigrant who wants nothing more than a new house for his CONTINUE »

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Setting the menu high for the holidays
BY Ilene Spector
September 11, 2014

The high holidays are a time when I channel my inner Tevye. He starts singing softly in the back of my mind in late August, but as September nears, his plea is loud and clear: “Tradition! Tradition!” Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur food customs have evolved over the years, but it is safe to say CONTINUE »

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Baltimore’s hometown renaissance man publishes new book
BY Simone Ellin
September 11, 2014

At just 35 years old, Richie Frieman has reincarnated his career numerous times. Frieman was The Thrill from Israel-Buster Maccabi during an 8-year professional wrestling career; published the Pen’s Eye View, an online music magazine still widely read; became host of Modern Manners Guy at QuickandDirtyTips.com; started the clothing line and philanthropic endeavor Charm City CONTINUE »