Around the Clock

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For many years Jews in the United States and throughout the world longed for an all-cable news channel that really understood Israel. And for years, networks such as CNN, BBC, MSNBC, Fox News, France 24 and Al Jazeera have come up short in presenting Israel’s side of the story, especially when covering the Palestinian conflicts…. Read More

Recipe for a Heated Competition

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Now in its fourth summer  of fierce competition, the annual Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament has enjoyed ever-increasing popularity, and two individuals involved since the tournament’s inception played a big part in creating that success. By day, tournament founder  Erik Folkart is an award-winning marketing associate for Sysco, but his spring and summer evenings are… Read More

And Now, Monty Python!

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By now it’s a well-worn clichè. When you ask Baltimoreans where they went to school, they assume you are asking about high school, not college. When he was a student at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School, Evan Margolis, a 2008 graduate, had such admiration for the school’s theater department that six years ago, while… Read More

Missing Peace

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Tense negotiations, strong personalities and psychological drama are reimagined in the new play “Fourteen Days in July,” written by Lewis Schrager, based on Ambassador Dennis Ross’ memoir “The Missing Peace,” the account of his participation in the Clinton administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace talks from 1992 to 2000. The premiere is Aug. 15 and runs for two… Read More

Begging for S’more

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My grandchildren reminded me that Aug. 10 is National S’mores Day. I couldn’t disappoint them, so we decided to have an August S’mores weekend. I prepared by looking up the history of this uniquely American treat. After all, it could be a “Jeopardy” question someday. The name for s’mores originated when people asked for “some… Read More

Love: Jewish Baltimore Style

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After more than a decade of dating in Jewish Baltimore, Lauren Katz is feeling discouraged. The 30-year-old Owings Mills native has lived in Baltimore her whole life, not withstanding a few years away at college, and she’s had her fair share of experiences dating both Jews and non-Jews in the community. “I feel like I’ve… Read More

A Coming-Out Celebration

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Actor, director and playwright Jeffrey Solomon happily acknowledges that the landscape for gays and lesbians in America has changed dramatically since 1998, when he first performed “Mother/SON,” a solo show about a Jewish mother’s journey from deep disappointment to full acceptance of her gay son’s sexual orientation in the early 1990s. The award-winning play, written… Read More

Back Talk

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Akiva Shmidman has been a practicing physical therapist since 2003, first in New York and now for the past nine years in Baltimore. The 36-year-old Pikesville resident, who specializes in sports medicine, has seen his share of patients with lower back pain. The BeActive brace, a product Shmidman invented to help these patients, will soon… Read More

Shalom to the Enshrined

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For Jeff Idelson, the director of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., induction weekend is all about teamwork. “When you get to signature events [and] you’re in a small community, all the pieces have to come together effectively for it to be a grand slam,” Idelson said recently from his… Read More

Instant Minyan

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Searching for a minyan? Look no further than your smartphone. On July 8, Web development company RustyBrick released its newest mobile application for Android and iPhone users: Minyan Now. The New York-based company, best known for creating a popular phone siddur, uses modern technology to enhance traditional Jewish practices. The company’s latest product is designed… Read More