Arts & Life

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Anti-vaccine movement creates tension in Jewish community
BY Simone Ellin
August 28, 2014

As children return to school this week, some parents, physicians and scientists are engaged in an increasingly fierce debate over the safety and necessity of childhood vaccinations for diseases such as polio, hepatitis B, pertussis, diphtheria and chicken pox. Emotions run high on both sides, with parents who choose not to vaccinate claiming that they CONTINUE »

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Yiddish tango links time, space, musical styles
BY Anthony Weiss/JTA
August 28, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The music that packs the Skirball Cultural Center’s stately courtyard — Yiddish tango — is a musical hybrid twice over. On the tango side, it is a blend of African-born rhythms and a potpourri of European music styles. On the Yiddish side, it combines mournful liturgical melodies with folk songs. Tango too CONTINUE »

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Documentary reveals a Jewish woman’s complex racial identity
BY Rebecca Spence/JTA
August 28, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — When Lacey Schwartz celebrated her bat mitzvah more than two decades ago in her hometown of Woodstock, N.Y., a synagogue-goer turned to her and said, “It’s so nice to have an Ethiopian Jew in our midst.” Never mind that Schwartz, a striking 37-year-old with long black curls and a megawatt smile, is CONTINUE »

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Jewish Renewal movement founder’s insights form new guide for senior living
BY Rabbi Jack Riemer/JNS.org
August 28, 2014

Sara Davidson’s “The December Project” is a new book that should be read by all senior citizens and by those who hope to live a long life, for it raises a question that most of us have not been taught how to answer: What should we do in that final stage of our lives? Many CONTINUE »

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Baltimore offers programs for disadvantaged, at-risk students as well as blossoming artists
BY Marc Shapiro
August 28, 2014

With its affordable cost of living and convenient East Coast location, Baltimore has become home to a booming arts community. From music to theater to dance to visual art, Baltimore has the outlets for it. For those searching for their inner artist, looking to hone their skills or in need of a different kind of CONTINUE »