Arts & Life

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A conversation with the creator of “Jewtopia”
BY Simone Ellin
October 30, 2013

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, CONTINUE »

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Healthy marriages mean healthy children
BY Lisa (Elisheva) Rabinowitz
October 30, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

In defense of budgeting
October 30, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

Lou Reed dies at 71.
Musician Lou Reed dies at 71
BY Marc Shapiro
October 28, 2013

  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, CONTINUE »

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Gilbert Trout is a driving (but modest) force in Jewish Baltimore
BY Melissa Gerr
October 24, 2013

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 CONTINUE »