Arts & Life

121313_genetics_sm
Ashkenazi genes key to genetics study
BY Eric Hal Schwartz
December 12, 2013

A new study on the genetics behind schizophrenia and bipolar disorder has found that a tiny genetic difference can increase the risk of being afflicted with the diseases, a difference only found thanks to the unique genetics of Ashkenazi Jews. “I’ve always known we have a unique demographic history,” said study team leader Dr. Todd CONTINUE »

BY Ilene Spector
December 12, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

rabinowitz_elisheva
Healthy marriages make healthy children
BY Lisa (Elisheva) Rabinowitz
December 5, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

BY Bracha Goetz
December 5, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

112913-new-orleans-jazz_lg
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 »