Hearty Delights Five interesting foods to explore on date night

Whether you live for culinary adventure or unfamiliar items on your plate make you nervous, trying new foods is a worthwhile endeavor. But even avid foodies don’t have the time to try everything. So how can you prioritize your food bucket list? Enter “1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die,” a new book that presents… Read More

Nothing To Lose Terps guard Jacob Susskind ‘walks on’ to basketball success

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Despite three recent losses on the road, the University of Maryland men’s basketball team is riding high, having gone into Week 13 of its season with a No. 17 ranking in the Associated Press poll and an 18-4 overall record. Prior to the team’s game against Northwestern University on Jan. 25, which the Terps won,… Read More

Spring into Performing Arts Baltimore’s hot performing arts scene warms up the start of the spring season

Amy Herzog (Photo provided)

The Jewish community will take an active role in the Baltimore County Dance Celebration, Feb. 1 to March 9, when the Gordon Center of Performing Arts plays host to many events including four major performances, dance workshops, seminars and smaller ensemble and solo performances. “We are thrilled to shine a spotlight on dance this February… Read More

Jewish Women Persevere Behind the Camera 2014 was a good year for female filmmakers

“Ida” is an Academy Award front-runner.

Surpassing $3 million in box office receipts, writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s feature debut “Obvious Child” was one of the surprise indie hits of last year. Not bad for a low-budget movie about a struggling New York Jewish comic (played by Jenny Slate) who mines her awkward personal life — including the decision to have an abortion… Read More

Jerry Coleman Diary of a Ravens beat reporter

Jerry Coleman says, “Getting to know the athletes, the coaches and members of the Ravens and Orioles front office as people and not just someone you see on TV,” is his favorite part of the job.

For most fans, spending every day at the Baltimore Ravens Under Armor Performance Center in Owning Mills watching the team practices would be a dream job. As the Ravens beat reporter for WJZ-FM 105.7 The Fan, that is just what Jerry Coleman does everyday during the season. But the job isn’t all glamour. “I get… Read More

Holiday Lessons Keeping the old while bringing in the new

Some things never change, and I’m so glad. From the mouth-watering brisket at Edmart Deli to Rosendorf’s challahs, most Baltimore Jews go back to their traditional buying habits, even if they had indulged in “new” cuisine over the New Year. I spend my food shopping days purposely seeking out new things. But I forgot the… Read More

Singer-Songwriter Finds His Voice Jesse Macht gained inspiration from tribulation

Jesse Macht (Photos provided)

For singer-songwriters, tragedy can become fertile ground for creative inspiration. In Jesse Macht’s case, a brush with mortality and the end of long-term relationship was all he needed to jumpstart his career. After discovering that he had a heart condition that gave him an extra electric impulse that caused his heart to beat at 260… Read More

A Perfect Pitch

Cuban  Connie Marrero played 
for the Washington Senators in the 1950s.

To the dismay of baseball fan Kit Krieger, future travels to Cuba will no longer include get-togethers with ex-Washington Senators pitcher Connie Marrero. Marrero, who played for Washington from 1950 to 1954, died in Havana last April at age 102, a few months after Krieger’s last visit and three years after Krieger helped arrange for… Read More

In the Cards

Ari Engel’s favorite poker game is Texas Hold ’Em, where buy-ins can reach $10,000.

NEW YORK — Ari Engel is homeless. It’s been a decade since he last held a regular job and two years since he gave up his apartment.But don’t shed any tears for him. Over the last 10 years or so, Engel has grossed about $5 million playing poker. The son of an Orthodox rabbi, Engel,… Read More

Slow … Quick, Quick, Slow

StudioDNA owner and instructor John Dawson gives a posture pointer to student Donna Siegel, who says for her, “dancing is pure joy.”

Baltimore native John Dawson, owner and head instructor of dance StudioDNA in Pikesville, teaches a smooth fox trot and a spicy salsa, but some of his students feel they gain more than improved rhythm and sure footing. More confidence, a sense of accomplishment and feelings of grace and pure joy are also what keeps these… Read More