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

Sing-A-Long

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The Jewish community of Howard County got into the spirit of Chanukah last week with a communitywide Zimriyah (sing-a-long). The Nov. 24 event, which was led by Howard County community cantors, brought Jews of all ages and affiliations out to Temple Isaiah in Fulton, Md. Aside from all the singing fun, families brought new pairs… 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

Financing The Flames From A Mobile Home In Florida

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Edwin Black is the award-winning author of the international bestseller “IBM and the Holocaust.” This article is drawn from his newly-released book, “Financing The Flames: How Tax-Exempt and Public Money Fuel a Culture of Confrontation and Terror in Israel.” Learn more about Edwin Black at edwinblack.com. A regular feature of West Bank confrontation between Israeli… Read More

Small Museum, Big Experience

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During any economic downturn, philanthropy and government funding for arts and culture contracts. For smaller museums, which already face challenges in remaining visible and relevant enough to attract adequate visitors, shrinking resources become even more impactful. According to national museum experts, and a multitude of media reports about struggling centers of arts and cultures (including… Read More

Better To Give

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A meshulach (Jewish charity collector) visited our home late one summer night. A window was open so he knocked at the screen. Heschel, our dog, sprang to his feet, jumped through the screen and chased the visitor all the way down the block. We reveled in this victory, and Heschel earned himself extra treats that… Read More

Let Them Eat Cheerios

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This Year marks my son’s third Thanksgiving and third Chanukah. It is also the first time the holidays have coincided since 1861. The fact that both festivals are celebrations of appreciation, for our country and the miracle of lights respectively, makes it almost impossible not to reflect on the importance of giving and of instilling… Read More

Raising a Thanksgiving Toast this Chanukah

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This Chanukah will offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a Thanksgiving toast to the lights of the festive candles. With the table decked with rich and decadent fare, these wines will make the perfect accompaniment to the Thanksgiving turkey (and Chanukah latke). Gilgal Pinot Noir 2011 The elegant and complex flavors in a Pinot Noir… Read More

Thanksgivukkah

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It hasn’t happened since 1888, and it won’t happen again until 2070 and 2165. After that, it will be 70,000 years until it happens again. So grab your dreidels, latkes and gravy boats, because this year Thanksgiving and Chanukah collide. Yes, the first day of Chanukah falls on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. Time magazine calls… 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