Arts & Life

After she adopted her son Neal, Elaine Hall created the Miracle Project, a program that uses musical theater to engage autistic children and teens
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Subject of ‘Autism: The Musical’ will be featured at Gordon Center
BY Simone Ellin
May 22, 2014

During Passover of 1996, Elaine Hall traveled from Los Angeles to Russia to adopt her then 2-year-old son, Neal. A year later, Neal would be diagnosed with autism, and Hall would begin an odyssey that would change not only her life and Neal’s life, but also the lives of the many others they would touch. CONTINUE »

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Baltimore-born filmmaker commemorates World War II Memorial
BY Lisa Traiger
May 22, 2014

Glenn Marcus grew up in the flickering light of the old-style movie house, not today’s corporate multiplex cinemas. The smell of mustiness and popcorn still takes him back to the Hollywood Theatre in Arbutus, which his grandfather owned and ran as a mom-and-pop business: his aunt sold concessions, his dad helped out with the books CONTINUE »

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Israeli entrepreneurs’ pocket printer seeks to revolutionize ‘left behind’ device
BY Josh Hasten/JNS.org
May 22, 2014

Living in the fast-paced world of evolving mobile technology, two young Israeli entrepreneurs have invented what they hope will revolutionize the one device that they feel “got left behind” and seems to have missed the mobile revolution train: the printer. Tuvia Elbaum and Matan Caspi, both 29 and students at the Jerusalem College of Technology CONTINUE »

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A film about football and friendships — could it lead to peace?
BY Jim Williams
May 22, 2014

Almost four years ago, San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker Paul Hirschberger began learning all he could about the North American-style of tackle football that is being played in Israel. He has turned the research into his first sports film, “Touchdown Israel,” about how the growing sport is bridging cultural gaps in Israel. “I was looking for CONTINUE »

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Beckoning Druid Hill’s past Jewish history and the role it played for Baltimoreans
BY Melissa Gerr
May 22, 2014

In its more than 150-year history, Druid Hill Park has seen transitions, just as many venerable urban locations often do. Yet, it has continued to serve as a green and peaceful respite to many communities in Baltimore and for the Jewish community in particular, up to the early 1960s. Barbara Shapiro, life-long Baltimorean, city advocate CONTINUE »