The Joke’s On Us

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Some have charged that “Jewtopia,” the new film written, directed and co-produced by Bryan Fogel, is chock full of negative stereotypes about Jews. To his critics, Fogel has pleaded guilty as charged. “They are 100 percent right. That’s comedy.  The entire film is playing on stereotypes,” he said. And the film doesn’t only stereotype Jews,… Read More

Date Night

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What is the key to marriage? The answer, according to John Mordecai Gottman, a professor emeritus in psychology who is known for his work on marital stability, is friendship. Therefore, you might ask yourself, “How can I keep, build and maintain friendship in my marriage?” One method is to make time for each other with… Read More

Ask Mesila

Q: True or false? It is dangerous to encourage people to live with a strict budget. Recording every penny and constantly staying within a predetermined budget causes tension in the home. A: We disagree. Our experience has demonstrated that in homes with a budget, money is less of an issue than in homes where spending… Read More

‘A Genius Who Transcended Rock’

Lou Reed dies at 71.

  Musician and guitarist Lou Reed, the front-man for the band Velvet Underground, as well as a solo artist, died Sunday, Oct. 27. Reed, who was born to a Jewish family, was 71. He had a liver transplant last year after years of alcohol and drug abuse. A cause of death was not made public. Reed,… Read More

‘Dream Like An Artist, Dress Like A Banker’

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What do classical music, deep-data mining, devotion to Judaism and family and commercial real estate have in common? Gilbert Trout. Speaking very modestly, Trout attributes his talents and successes to genetics and by referring to the remarkable life of his grandfather, Arthur Jacob, who was an entrepreneur ahead of his time, who saved his family… Read More

It All Started With A Deli

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Author M. Hirsh Goldberg knows a lot about Baltimore, and he knows a lot about Jews. Yet even he was surprised to learn some of the impressive details uncovered about the extended Attman family, which comprise his latest book, “It All Started with a Deli: A Remarkable Story of Business and Family Success” (Apprentice House)…. Read More

Let’s Get This Party Started

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Growing up with three older sisters and a videographer father, Lara Friedman attended a lot of bar and bat mitzvah parties. As a dancer, there was always one aspect of the parties that piqued her curiosity. “I always thought, ‘How much fun would that be to get paid to dance at a party?’” she said…. Read More

A Celebration For The Ages

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Gina Barr thought she knew almost everything there was to know about Judaism. Then she decided to have a bat mitzvah. “Boy,” Barr says of the two-year process leading up to the ceremony, “Let me tell you, it’s an eye-opener.” Barr is one of a relatively small number of Jewish adults choosing to undergo b’nai… Read More

Turn, Turn, Turn

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The Fall Maryland Home and Garden Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, which ended last Sunday, featured more than 300 expert exhibitors, along with Cari Cucksey (star of HGTV’s “Cash and Cari”) and Gabe Vinas (expert pumpkin sculptor on the Food Network’s “Halloween Wars”). To help homeowners prepare for the changing seasons, exhibitors… Read More

Anne Neuberger Among Top 10 Orthodox Jews

 U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Nobel Laureate Robert Aumann are among ten individuals who have been named 2013 Orthodox Jewish All Stars by Jew in the City, the organization dedicated to re-branding Orthodox Jews and Judaism to the world through digital media. This year’s All Stars are an extremely accomplished and diverse group, and,… Read More