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Jose Antonio Bowen (Provided)

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

One-on-One with Jon Lovitz

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“Yeah! That’s the ticket!” Former “Saturday Night Live” star and Emmy-nominated actor Jon Lovitz is coming to Baltimore for two nights only. Headlining at the Baltimore Comedy Factory for four performances on Friday and Saturday, Lovitz says he’s prepared his best material for the Baltimore crowd. “I’m lucky because I’ve gotten to see the whole… Read More

Wanted!

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When you look at the history of Jews in sports, there were a number of outstanding coaches and managers who also were outstanding teachers and mentors. A couple of Hall of Fame examples who come to mind are  Arnold “Red” Auerbach, a graduate of George Washington University who won nine NBA championships as the head… Read More

‘That’s When the Music Really Hit Me’

He may be a Beatles fan now, but it wasn’t until a 1963 Christmas radio broadcast that Rabbi Lionel Chiswell caught on, late for someone from Liverpool, which was well engulfed in Beatlemania by then. The rabbi, who now lives in Pikesville, grew up in Liverpool and attended synagogue with Brian Epstein, who would later… Read More

High Holidays: Toddler Edition

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Coloring, crafting and shofar blowing? With Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur just around the corner, Jewish preschools are inviting the high holidays into their classrooms. From dipping apples in honey to learning where the horn for the shofar comes from, teachers in Baltimore are rolling the Jewish holidays into their curriculums. Enter Ilene Brooks’ classroom… Read More

‘Sallah’

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A half-century after its unexpected and enormous success, “Sallah” stands as a landmark of Israeli cinema and a window on a bygone era. Israeli columnist, author and satirist Ephraim Kishon’s 1964 film debut is a take-no-prisoners, culture-clash comedy about the “education” of a Sephardic immigrant who wants nothing more than a new house for his… Read More

The ‘Wow’ Factor

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The high holidays are a time when I channel my inner Tevye. He starts singing softly in the back of my mind in late August, but as September nears, his plea is loud and clear: “Tradition! Tradition!” Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur food customs have evolved over the years, but it is safe to say… Read More

Richie Frieman Strikes Again

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At just 35 years old, Richie Frieman has reincarnated his career numerous times. Frieman was The Thrill from Israel-Buster Maccabi during an 8-year professional wrestling career; published the Pen’s Eye View, an online music magazine still widely read; became host of Modern Manners Guy at QuickandDirtyTips.com; started the clothing line and philanthropic endeavor Charm City… Read More

Politics in Song

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The Capitol Steps will highlight Beth El Congregation’s Evening of Celebration on Sept. 14. The political satire group was formed in 1981 in Washington, D.C., as a group of Senate staffers putting on a show for a Christmas party and has since expanded to a 20-member troupe that has performed in all 50 states. While… Read More