‘Lubavitchers Can Do Anything’ New book delves into past, present and future of Chabad

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It’s been 12 years since Rabbi Eric Yoffie, then the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, pointed to the Chabad-Lubavitch movement as a source of inspiration for his own movement’s synagogues and congregants. “It is hard for me to say this, but I will say it nonetheless,” he told attendees of the Reform biennial… Read More

Meet the Maccabeats! ‘Regular Jewish guys having fun’ in an a cappella kind of way

The Maccabeats will perform at the Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts on Dec. 13. Ari Lewis is third from the left; Michael Greenberg is third from right; and Yonatan Shefa is fourth from right. (Abbie Sophia Photograqphy)

From performing for free at school events to singing at the White House, the Maccabeats have brought the sounds of Judaism into mainstream music, and they’ll bring those same sounds to a sold-out audience at the Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts on Dec. 13 for a Chanukah Concert. The 13-member Jewish a… Read More

It’s That Time Again! Let’s talk turkey and Shabbat

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It’s time to talk turkey. Turkey on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day is the quintessential All-American meal, dating back to the Pilgrims. For those used to poultry on Shabbat, Thanksgiving Thursday sometimes poses a dilemma: Eat turkey on Thursday or wait till Shabbat? When For instance, you can have roast turkey on Thursday and “Jewish up” the… Read More

Kosher Kush One woman hopes to produce, sell kosher marijuana under Maryland’s medical cannabis program

Pikesville resident Jessica White has applied for processing and dispensary licenses to produce kosher medical cannabis. The state cannabis commission has received almost 900 applications.

Maryland is in the midst of issuing a select number of licenses for growing, processing and selling medical cannabis, and at least one applicant hopes to tailor her product to the Jewish community by making it kosher. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission reported on Nov. 12 that it had received 882 applications, 705 of which… Read More

Dangerous Desires and Paris Prayers

Praying that we stay human beings in times like these Praying for every personto stand up to scream “No!!!” No to the horrific hatredNo to putrid prejudice No to the dangerous desire to despise The deep desire to despisethat chewson our hearts until it swallows us whole

20 Divine Years American Visionary Art Museum enters milestone anniversary year with ‘Big Hope’

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“The Big Hope Show,” “an original and unabashedly idealistic art exhibition that champions the radiant and transformative power of hope,” opens the 20th anniversary year of the American Visionary Art Museum, the iridescent mosaic-mirrored beacon on Key Highway. Also this month is AVAM’s (now-infamous) gala event, celebrating “20 Simply Divine Years,” which promises to be… Read More

A Game Changer Silverman turns serious as desperate housewife in ‘Smile’

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Sarah Silverman’s rougher edges have been smoothed by two decades in the spotlight. But make no mistake, she remains an iconoclast unwilling to accept received wisdom and pat generalizations. Most Jewish celebrities follow the path of least resistance with the Jewish press, offering benign anecdotes and routine platitudes. Silverman is, shall we say, more complicated…. Read More