Arts & Life

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 »

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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 »

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‘The Well of Being’ comes alive on the page and in the gallery
BY Simone Ellin
November 26, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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BY Simone Ellin
November 26, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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Beth Tfiloh puppeteers’ outreach programs impact local senior community
BY Melissa Gerr
November 26, 2013

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 CONTINUE »