Serving Up an Ace

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SUNRISE, Fla. — It wasn’t Tel Aviv, but thousands of people chanting his name at a Davis Cup match following a grueling victory was a pretty good way for Israel’s Andy Ram to leave the game of tennis to which he had devoted more than half his life. Ram, 34, and his longtime doubles partner,… Read More

Secret Weapon

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Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift — a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen… Read More

Thoroughly modern ‘Altina’

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LOS ANGELES — Ambitious girls of yore looking for role models among successful and accomplished women might turn to scientist Marie Curie, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart or first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a social justice champion. And then there was Altina Schinasi, the subject of a new documentary feature, “Altina,” directed by her filmmaker grandson Peter… Read More

A call to ‘action!’

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A robust 75, the award-winning playwright, theater director and screenwriter Israel Horovitz nonetheless isn’t in the market for a new career. Too bad, for his moving debut as a filmmaker, “My Old Lady,” is a rewarding, beautifully acted story of adults overcoming loneliness and bitterness. “[The late, great Jewish director]  Sidney Lumet once said to… Read More

Hersh’s and Charmery Make Ice Cream Magic

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Hampden handcrafted ice cream shop The Charmery is no stranger to unusual ice cream flavors. Old Bay Caramel, Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Swirl, Chinese Food and a Movie (which features buttered popcorn and chocolate covered fortune cookies) and Mango Lassi have graced the menu, which is constantly changing. “My friends and employees are used to… Read More

Ice Cold But Red Hot

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Baltimore just got a lot cooler. The Snow Queen is coming to town. “Disney on Ice: Frozen,” an adaptation of  the highest-grossing animated movie of all time, will be at Royal Farms Arena from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2. Among those most excited to bring the Academy Award-winning retelling of the Hans Christian Anderson’s “The… Read More

Orioles Rally

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More than 300 people participated in an Orioles rally at Stevenson University as part of the team’s “We Won’t Stop” campaign on Monday. The event featured former Oriole Scott McGregor, the Oriole Bird and trivia with signed memorabilia as prizes.

The Right Call

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Jewish baseball fans, journalists, broadcasters and players face a very important decision this week. They must choose between baseball or attending Yom Kippur services. The Orioles won the American League East title and hosted the Detroit Tigers, winners of the Central Division, in the league’s Division Series opener on Oct. 2. Forty-three south, the Washington… Read More

Playing a New Tune

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With the selection of Jose Antonio Bowen as its 11th president, Goucher College has jumped with both feet into the 21st century. Since the semester began just weeks ago, Bowen, 52, an award-winning educator, author, arts administrator, jazz musician and composer, has begun signaling the Goucher community, as well as the academic establishment at large,… Read More

End-of-Life Insights

“Redefining Moments” wasn’t written only for the terminally ill. (Beaufort Books)

Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer had… Read More