Start Your Ovens!

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The iconic Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest keeps going strong. I attended this year’s event at the stunning new Aria Hotel in Las Vegas. This truly American competition started in 1949: No-knead water-rising twists (a nut sweet roll raised under water) won the grand prize, and Eleanor Roosevelt attended as a guest. The contest keeps evolving to… Read More

Chesed Starts At Home

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Some people find performing chesed, kindness, an easy task. As Jews, we perform chesed for people in the following order: 1.people who are closest to us, 2. our neighbors and 3. the rest of the world. We are blessed to live in a community that encourages chesed. I interviewed two rabbis, Rabbi Menachem Goldberger, of… Read More

Nurturing Spirituality

We have just returned home after the wedding of our youngest. There is this rare sense of completion, seeing all our children launched on their spiritual paths along with their soul mates. In unimagined and wondrous ways, it actually got done. I want to savor this joy so the glow will linger. But my new… 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

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