‘A Testament To Freedom’

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Glenn Marcus grew up in the flickering light of the old-style movie house, not today’s corporate multiplex cinemas. The smell of mustiness and popcorn still takes him back to the Hollywood Theatre in Arbutus, which his grandfather owned and ran as a mom-and-pop business: his aunt sold concessions, his dad helped out with the books… Read More

Seizing An Opportunity

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Living in the fast-paced world of evolving mobile technology, two young Israeli entrepreneurs have invented what they hope will revolutionize the one device that they feel “got left behind” and seems to have missed the mobile revolution train: the printer. Tuvia Elbaum and Matan Caspi, both 29 and students at the Jerusalem College of Technology… Read More

‘Touchdown Israel’

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Almost four years ago, San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker Paul Hirschberger began learning all he could about the North American-style of tackle football that is being played in Israel. He has turned the research into his first sports film, “Touchdown Israel,” about how the growing sport is bridging cultural gaps in Israel. “I was looking for… Read More

Art Outside

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In its more than 150-year history, Druid Hill Park has seen transitions, just as many venerable urban locations often do. Yet, it has continued to serve as a green and peaceful respite to many communities in Baltimore and for the Jewish community in particular, up to the early 1960s. Barbara Shapiro, life-long Baltimorean, city advocate… Read More

The Night of the Walking Wounded

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The recent Theater J workshop presentation of “The Admission” (which ended April 6) stirred plenty of controversy in the Jewish community, with Israeli playwright Motti Lerner hitting a nerve by questioning Israel’s founding narrative. On April 30, “The Admission” returned to Washington, D.C., with a limited-run production not affiliated with Theater J. Andy Shallal, owner… Read More

Mixing it Up

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It was during a family Seder many years ago that theatrical director, producer and playwright Eric Rosen’s free-spirited Jewish father chose to break the news of his secret marriage to Rosen’s Southern Baptist mother. One can only imagine what Elijah must have observed when he visited the Rosen home that night. But whatever the prophet… Read More

Manischewitz All-Star Cookoff

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To choose the very best of the best, the Manischewitz All-Star Cookoff began with the finalists from its past seven contests. From these, four were chosen. They submitted recipes for some of the most delicious creations I have ever tasted — and I have tasted a lot of food from contest recipes! The final Manischwewitz… Read More

Elf Magic Lets Loose

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To a clueless onlooker, it might look like the members of Elf Magic are engaged in live-action, spontaneous beat poetry. “I’m a Cup O’ Noodles!” “I’m a fork!” “I’m a spoon!” “I’m a knife!” “Knife stays.” “I’m a knife!” “I’m O.J. Simpson!” “I’m a glove!” “Glove stays.” The warm-up, called “I’m a Tree,” which began… Read More

Captain Kirk Stays Relevant

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On April 24, audiences around the country had the chance to feel what it is like to be William Shatner, the Jewish actor best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek.” For one night only, Shatner’s one-man show “Shatner’s World” — which was on Broadway and toured Canada, Australia and… Read More

Crossing Lines

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My big thing was to not have him wear khaki pants and an Army coat,” John Turturro said with a broad smile. “And I got him out of that. I said, ‘That’s not in my color scheme. I’m an Italian director.’” This dash of bravado might sound pretentious, or even ludicrous, on paper. But when… Read More