‘Pearls on a String’ Islamic works reflect a world of diversity at the Walters

‘Turktazi’s Visit to the Magical Garden of Turktaz, Queen of the Fairies,’ from the Khamsa (Quintet) of Nizami, Muhammad Zaman (© The Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin., www.cbl.ie)

The Walters Art Museum associate curator for Islamic and South Asian art, Amy Landau, is drawn in by a good story and knows that visitors are too. So for “Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts,” Landau designed three distinct segments for the exhibition, each one focused on the… Read More

A Classic Forgotten Yiddish operetta revived for a new generation

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s “Di Goldene Kale” (“The Golden Bride”) is a 1923 operetta that’s playing at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.

NEW YORK — “For a German Jew, Yiddish is beneath contempt,” musicologist Michael Ochs said. “German Jews tend to think of Yiddish as bad German. The only use we had in our family for it was to make fun of it.” So it is more than a tad ironic that it was Ochs, whose family… Read More

Soul Searching Child prodigy catalyzes unsettling Israeli drama

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Under the influence of consumerism, militarism and the pace of the modern world, the People of the Book have  little use for poetry. That’s one reading — and the most obvious and simplistic — of “The Kindergarten Teacher,” Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid’s unsettling saga of an adult’s missteps when presented with a preternaturally talented child…. Read More

Behind the Scenes ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ bounces back with same traditions, some new spins

Choreographer Hofesh Shechter (left) with "Fiddler" cast members at  New West 42nd Street Studios. (Lindsay Hoffman/Jeffrey Richards Associates)

NEW YORK — Ever since Zero Mostel imagined himself as a rich man in the original 1964 Broadway production, “Fiddler on the Roof” has been a cultural landmark on Broadway and in the Jewish sphere. It’s one of those musicals that always seems to be in rotation. Over the years, many a Tevye — from… Read More

‘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