Arts & Life Features

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Fundraiser will help fund Israel’s needy
BY Marc Shapiro
December 19, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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Making laws, improving lives and working to create a cultural shift
BY Melissa Gerr
December 12, 2013

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” CONTINUE »

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s creative director talks about his responsibility to keep the tradition going
BY Marc Shapiro
November 26, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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‘The Well of Being’ comes alive on the page and in the gallery
BY Simone Ellin
November 26, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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Beth Tfiloh puppeteers’ outreach programs impact local senior community
BY Melissa Gerr
November 26, 2013

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 CONTINUE »