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Pikesville artist Betty Grodnitzky’s home is filled with her paintings, many of which depict Israel.

She sings, she paints, and she works around the clock to make sure everything she does meets her own standards of perfection. Meet Betty Grodnitzky, known to many by her Hebrew name Bracha-Shira. Her home in Pikesville is filled with detailed paintings, posters and other works of art depicting Israel that could easily be displayed… Read More

Charm City Theaters Sun photographer captures history, images of Baltimore’s theaters

Amy Davis (photo by Justin Katz)

About 140 people filled the Jewish Museum of Maryland on July  12 to hear Amy Davis, full-time staff photographer at the Baltimore Sun, discuss her new book “Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters.” Many of Davis’ photos are on display at the “Cinema Judaica” exhibit, which illustrates how films countered America’s isolationist mind frame… Read More

Charm City Theaters Sun photographer captures history, images of Baltimore’s theaters

Amy Davis (photo by Justin Katz)

About 140 people filled the Jewish Museum of Maryland on July  12 to hear Amy Davis, full-time staff photographer at the Baltimore Sun, discuss her new book “Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters.” Many of Davis’ photos are on display at the “Cinema Judaica” exhibit, which illustrates how films countered America’s isolationist mind frame… Read More

First-World Problems “Allergist’s Wife” wickedly pokes fun at the lives of the pretentious

Theater J has a prescription for the angst and general malaise of everyday life. “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” is a laugh-inducing antidote to the boredom that comes with the banality of daily living. This sublimely ridiculous comedy of manners was the first mainstream play by off-Broadway, cross-dressing performance artist Charles Busch, when it… Read More

Poetry Place

In this week’s parsha we learn that Moses’ siblings, first Miriam and then Aaron, have died. We are not told how Moses and Aaron reacted to Miriam’s passing. The text leaves many holes for us to fill. What does the Torah say about Moses’ relationship with his older sister Miriam? We know of only a… Read More

Spirituality in Art ‘Underground’ artist finds inspiration in Jewish mysticism

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LONDON — The underside of one of London’s busiest train stations is an unlikely place to find a room full of Kabbalistic imagery. Yet, located under Waterloo station, south of the River Thames, is Gallery 223, now showing the works of artist Simone Krok, whose main inspiration comes from the Kabbalah. Taking center stage in… Read More

Friday Night at Church A poem in response to tragedies in Tagbha, Israel and Charleston, S.C.

Tonight the Shabbos Queen will go to church She will walk within the Land of Israel until she arrives in Tabgha She will hold hands with each member of the congregation at The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish She will pray She will stay until the Holy Land is Holy She… Read More

All-Star Band Brings James Brown Back to Life Baltimore natives anchor the James Brown Dance Party, coming to Baltimore and Washington this weekend

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Although James Brown passed away nearly a decade ago after 73 funky years on earth, the Godfather of Soul’s immortal music remains. “James Brown is, to me, the quintessential funk,” said Adam Chase, a Baltimore native who now lives in Asheville, N.C. “When it comes to [funk], there’s no better than James Brown.” Chase, along… Read More

The Many Lives of Arnold Clapman Renaissance man reconnects to Judaism in Baltimore as he continues lifetime of making music, art

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Five years ago, Arnold David Clapman came to Baltimore, as he said, with his tail between his legs. His marriage had ended, as did his many art classes — which during his 25 years in California included teaching at-risk youth and incarcerated men — when funding dried up. California just didn’t feel like home anymore…. Read More