A History of Orthodox Baltimore

Written by Phil Wendkos on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

“My Shtetl Baltimore,” by Eli W. Schlossberg, gives a glimpse into Orthodox Baltimore using informative vignettes and portraits of many venerated rebbeim (rabbis), including Rav Naftali Neuberger, Rav Aharon Feldman, and Rav Jacob Ruderman of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel (Ner Israel Rabbinic College).

Behold the Power of Cheese

Written by Chana Yogod on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

Cheese is a fascinating food. It’s a complex product, it’s versatile and delicious, and it’s timeless. Cheese also ties in very strongly to Chanukah.

In fact, in the time of the Greeks, Yehudit played a key role in the victory of Chanukah because she was able to neutralize the fearsome Greek general of the opposing forces in quick order. How did Yehudit accomplish this? She fed cheese to the general to make him thirsty, then gave him a flask of wine to drink, which made him incapacitated, ultimately leading to his downfall. Yehudit therefore was able to score a strategic victory and helped put a quick end to the awful war against the Jews.

Remembering Uncle Bernie

Written by Larry Shor on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

A chapter ended and a book was closed on Oct. 29 when Uncle Bernie passed away at the age of 97. The last of my grandfather’s 12 siblings, Bernie Ehrlich was born right here in Washington on Dec. 28, 1919. He grew up in old Southwest, on 4½ Street. To me he was not some far-away relative, but someone I worked with for many years in the Northeast Market, enabling us to have a close and loving relationship that spanned many decades.

Finding Your Safe Heart Rate Zone

Written by Justin Walls on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

Sometimes during intense exercise sessions, we ask ourselves if we are pushing too hard. Checking your heart rate (HR) can be as easy as taking your radial or carotid pulse yourself, or putting your finger over the camera sensor on your smartphone — but HR provides only a part of the picture of your body’s current state during exercise.

A Star Fell

Written by Larry Shor on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

His was a voice of astonishing power and beauty, treasured to this day by lovers of opera and fine music and considered one of the greatest of the 20th century.

Yet all of it could not save him from perishing in the darkness of the Holocaust.

You Want to Be On the Radio?

Written by Larry Shor on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

After being on the radio for 37 years (with a few interruptions here and there), many people have asked me how I got on the radio doing a Jewish music program in the first place. It was really a convergence of several things.

Local Author Shares Tale of Holocaust-Era Defiance in 'Too Little, Almost Too Late'

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Book details efforts by U.S. officials to rescue Jewish refugees.

A handful of U.S. government officials defied President Franklin D. Roosevelt and helped rescue Jewish refugees in the final months of the Holocaust, according to “Too Little, and Almost Too Late: The War Refugee Board and America’s Response to the Holocaust,” a new book by local author and historian Dr. Rafael Medoff.

Farmer’s Corner Returns: On Marriage, Baby Cows, and a Poop-Scoop Industry Secret

Written by Aryeh Goldschein on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

Look at that face and tell me you don’t feel the puppy love. (Photo credit: Aryeh Goldschein)Yes, I know it’s been a while. Since I was last here, 15 issues ago, I have really missed writing about life on the farm. I think part of the reason that I stopped was because of how busy it gets here. I’m going to skip over most of what happened in the past year and get straight to the good stuff: I got married to a wonderful woman who is from a farm out in Colorado. Life has been amazing ever since. I can’t wait to see Hillel get married — it took him long enough. Actually very smart move hiring the girl you want to date. Although sometimes that may result in a lawsuit.

Sotto Voce: A Tale of Love and Memory

Written by Jackie Feldman on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

“Sotto Voce,” the first play of Theater J’s 2017-2018 season, packed a weighty punch. Running from Oct. 3-29 at the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington D.C., the play offered a poignant riff on a timeless theme: the power of love and memory and their ability to transcend time.

Looking for Spiritual Connection Through Ritual: A ‘Wondering Jew’ Shares Her Story at the Bender JCC

Written by Sky Adler on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

Chatting before an audience of about 100 people, CNN correspondent David Gregory recently spoke with author Abigail Pogrebin about her recently published book “My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew” as part of the Lessans Family Literary Series at the Bender JCC in Rockville, Maryland.Beyond detailing Pogrebin’s personal journey of discovery through Jewish ritual observance, the book explores the question of whether American Jews would feel a stronger connection with Judaism as a religion — rather than the primarily ancestral or cultural association identified in the 2013 Pew Research Center study — if they knew more about it. Both Pogrebin and Gregory shared their thoughts on finding the meaning in ritual and exploring one’s heritage at the November 5 event.

At Congregation Beth El, A Night of Revelations

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Children of Holocaust survivors and other guests listened intently as author and documentary producer Gina Roitman told the true story of how her mother saved her from death at the hands of a Nazi midwife in a Deplaced Persons (DP) camp in Germany after the war. It was a story that Roitman could not — or would not — believe until she researched it herself. The result of her work was a documentary she co-produced entitled “My Mother, the Nazi Midwife, and Me,” which she showed at the program. She is also the author of "Tell Me a Story, Tell me the Truth," a book of short stories.