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Local grandmother, inspired by grandson’s first word, writes ‘Challah!’

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Inspired by her young grandson’s love of challah, Ellen Kahan Zager was spurred to write, illustrate and self-publish her children’s book, “Challah!” that could...

Fitness is key to healthy aging

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By Jonell Mertens As the saying goes, “Aging isn’t for the faint of heart,” but what can we do to make sure that our heart,...
Rachel and Zachary Burrows

Family adapts to COVID by scheduling bar mitzvah ceremony, party for different dates

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For 13-year-old Zachary Burrows, the pandemic hasn’t only changed the way he goes to school and socializes. To keep attendees safe from coronavirus, he...

How to make a Zoom bar or bat mitzvah work for your family

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By Jennifer Zwilling and Jon Rosenwasser In March, just as the pandemic was forcing a shutdown of most routine social and economic activity in the...
Joan Yonina Miller

Park Heights resident pens book of lighthearted poetry

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While most are undoubtedly glad to see 2020 in the rearview mirror, with the pandemic still ongoing and much of the nation still in...
Gigi McKendrick

Gigi McKendric, artist and child of the Holocaust, on a lifetime of creation

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"You can call them ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,’” said artist Gigi McKendric, standing among several sculptures that ranged from completed faces and abstract figures...
Lisa Woolfson with sister and grandfather

Much of my grandfather’s life is classified but the rest is pretty special

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By Lisa Woolfson When my sister and I were little and we visited my grandpa, all we thought he did was play cards and watch...

After 80 years of marriage, a couple reflects on a lifetime together

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Lou Bluefeld and Edith Seidel met when they were teenagers, on a summer evening in 1937, at the New Howard Hotel where the Criterion...

Summer camps look to past lessons for future sessions

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We may still be in the middle of winter, but it’s not too early for parents to start planning for their children’s’ summer break,...
Ella Kagan

Ella Kagan, Russian-Jewish school founder, preserves her culture

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By Eric Schucht At the time, the presence of the photocopier was peculiar. Ella Kagan was at the Vienna airport after leaving the Soviet Union for...