Arts & Life Features

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B’nai mitzvah ceremonies are not only for the young
BY Heather Norris
October 24, 2013

Gina Barr thought she knew almost everything there was to know about Judaism. Then she decided to have a bat mitzvah. “Boy,” Barr says of the two-year process leading up to the ceremony, “Let me tell you, it’s an eye-opener.” Barr is one of a relatively small number of Jewish adults choosing to undergo b’nai CONTINUE »

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Tips for homeowners to prepare for the changing seasons
October 23, 2013

The Fall Maryland Home and Garden Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, which ended last Sunday, featured more than 300 expert exhibitors, along with Cari Cucksey (star of HGTV’s “Cash and Cari”) and Gabe Vinas (expert pumpkin sculptor on the Food Network’s “Halloween Wars”). To help homeowners prepare for the changing seasons, exhibitors CONTINUE »

October 17, 2013

 U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Nobel Laureate Robert Aumann are among ten individuals who have been named 2013 Orthodox Jewish All Stars by Jew in the City, the organization dedicated to re-branding Orthodox Jews and Judaism to the world through digital media. This year’s All Stars are an extremely accomplished and diverse group, and, CONTINUE »

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Not your typical how-to book about middle-age dating
BY Melissa Gerr
October 17, 2013

“I’ve always been the kind of person who sees the humor in something, and what these events — we won’t call them relationships —seemed to have in common, they had a strong ludicrous element,” said Marion Winik of her latest book, “Highs in the Low Fifties, how I stumbled through the joys of single living” CONTINUE »

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Spinning beauty into tzedakah
BY Simone Ellin
October 10, 2013

Dr. Dean Kane spends his life making people’s lives, and the spaces in which they live and work, more lovely. As one of Baltimore’s leading plastic surgeons, Dr. Kane, 59, has been helping patients improve their appearances for more than a quarter-century. As an artist, he has added color, texture and beauty to their surroundings. CONTINUE »