A Conversation About Nothing

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Ever wonder who coined the phrase: “Yada yada yada?” What about “double dipping?” “Shrinkage?” Although these terms are now part of English vernacular, that wasn’t always the case. All three phrases came out of the brain of journalist, comedy writer, TV producer and YouTube host-turned-novelist, Peter Mehlman. Mehlman, a University of Maryland alum, will bring… Read More

A Healthy Dose?

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As children return to school this week, some parents, physicians and scientists are engaged in an increasingly fierce debate over the safety and necessity of childhood vaccinations for diseases such as polio, hepatitis B, pertussis, diphtheria and chicken pox. Emotions run high on both sides, with parents who choose not to vaccinate claiming that they… Read More

All About ‘Attitude’

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LOS ANGELES — The music that packs the Skirball Cultural Center’s stately courtyard — Yiddish tango — is a musical hybrid twice over. On the tango side, it is a blend of African-born rhythms and a potpourri of European music styles. On the Yiddish side, it combines mournful liturgical melodies with folk songs. Tango too… Read More

‘Little White Lie’

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SAN FRANCISCO — When Lacey Schwartz celebrated her bat mitzvah more than two decades ago in her hometown of Woodstock, N.Y., a synagogue-goer turned to her and said, “It’s so nice to have an Ethiopian Jew in our midst.” Never mind that Schwartz, a striking 37-year-old with long black curls and a megawatt smile, is… Read More

The Last Stage of Life

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Sara Davidson’s “The December Project” is a new book that should be read by all senior citizens and by those who hope to live a long life, for it raises a question that most of us have not been taught how to answer: What should we do in that final stage of our lives? Many… Read More

Arts Cater to Students of All Kinds

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With its affordable cost of living and convenient East Coast location, Baltimore has become home to a booming arts community. From music to theater to dance to visual art, Baltimore has the outlets for it. For those searching for their inner artist, looking to hone their skills or in need of a different kind of… Read More

Around the Clock

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For many years Jews in the United States and throughout the world longed for an all-cable news channel that really understood Israel. And for years, networks such as CNN, BBC, MSNBC, Fox News, France 24 and Al Jazeera have come up short in presenting Israel’s side of the story, especially when covering the Palestinian conflicts…. Read More

Recipe for a Heated Competition

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Now in its fourth summer  of fierce competition, the annual Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament has enjoyed ever-increasing popularity, and two individuals involved since the tournament’s inception played a big part in creating that success. By day, tournament founder  Erik Folkart is an award-winning marketing associate for Sysco, but his spring and summer evenings are… Read More

And Now, Monty Python!

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By now it’s a well-worn clichè. When you ask Baltimoreans where they went to school, they assume you are asking about high school, not college. When he was a student at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School, Evan Margolis, a 2008 graduate, had such admiration for the school’s theater department that six years ago, while… Read More

Missing Peace

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Tense negotiations, strong personalities and psychological drama are reimagined in the new play “Fourteen Days in July,” written by Lewis Schrager, based on Ambassador Dennis Ross’ memoir “The Missing Peace,” the account of his participation in the Clinton administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace talks from 1992 to 2000. The premiere is Aug. 15 and runs for two… Read More