Meir Panim Holds All-Female Competition

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When Meir Panim held its “American Idol”-style “Voices” contests last year, organizers unintentionally excluded part of the Jewish community. “We realized that observant girls were not a part of the event, and it wasn’t really an oversight as much as a lack of understanding as to the laws,” said Leslie Goldberg, Maryland regional director for… Read More

Taking Aim At Gun Violence

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Halacha (Jewish law), just like the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, states the right for citizens to own weapons for use in self-protection and to maintain public safety. In the case of Jewish law, however, it also mandates safe and responsible use with regard to ownership for the public good. “Safe and responsible”… Read More

New Orleans Jazz Lives On

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Ben Jaffe practically learned how to crawl and walk at Preservation Hall. The legendary New Orleans venue, located in the city’s French Quarter, was transformed into an integrated jazz club in 1961 by Jaffe’s parents, Allan and Sandra Jaffe. The couple was instrumental in putting the first form of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on… Read More

Review: Well Done

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It merits a place of honor in the waiting room of every therapist’s office, in yoga studios, at meditation centers and on bookshelves in homes everywhere. And in every place where those of us who are no longer children seek comfort, insight, faith and meaning. Jean-Pierre Weill’s new illustrated book, “The Well of Being: A… Read More

Music, Puppets Connect With Seniors

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Yenta, Gita, Yunkle and Antiochus all walk into a senior assisted-living community. Does it sound like quite the story? In this case, they were all puppets, but the human connection was very real for the residents of Emeritus Senior Living in Pikesville, thanks to the Beth Tfiloh Puppeteers. Anita Knisbacher has combined her background in… Read More

Notes From The Spirit

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They’ve been compared to musical acts such as the Indigo Girls and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, but local trio Ayelet HaShachar brings a unique blend of musicality, spirituality and religious devotion that sets them apart. Ensemble members Shalomis (Shelly) Koffler Weinreb (guitarist, percussionist, vocalist and composer), Lisa Aronson Friedman (pianist, composer and vocalist) and… Read More

Ah, Music

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David Broza is an Israeli music superstar. And with more than 25 albums, many of which have become multiplatinum, he’s also someone who gets attention worldwide. His style has been described as charismatic and energetic, a fusion of the three countries in which he was raised: Israel, Spain and England. In the past, Broza, 58,… Read More

Dinner And A Movie

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“This is my Bible,” said a smiling Ira Miller, referring to a large book called “Motion Picture Exhibition in Baltimore” by Robert K. Headley. “The Pikes opened in 1938 and closed in 1984. It was built by John Eyring and originally had 650 seats. It was art deco and located on the Eastern edge of… Read More

Breaking The Cycle

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When Americans think about Israel, what generally comes to mind is the Western Wall, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict andthe Iranian nuclear threat. What many people are not aware of is that 1.8 million Israelis live below the poverty line — 860,000 of whom are children. Nonprofit organization Meir Panim is working not only to feed hungry… Read More

The Joke’s On Us

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Some have charged that “Jewtopia,” the new film written, directed and co-produced by Bryan Fogel, is chock full of negative stereotypes about Jews. To his critics, Fogel has pleaded guilty as charged. “They are 100 percent right. That’s comedy.  The entire film is playing on stereotypes,” he said. And the film doesn’t only stereotype Jews,… Read More