Seniors

Cantor Nancy Ginsberg in Oak Crest's sanctuary

At senior living community, Judaica donations enhance sanctuary space

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By Lisa Woolfson When Bonnie Plymack first arrived at Oak Crest about four years ago, the senior living community offered Shabbat dinners but not Shabbat...
Sami Steigmann

Sami Steigmann crashes Clubhouse

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By Heather Robinson On a blustery day in late January, Holocaust survivor Sami Steigmann, 81, made his debut on Clubhouse — the buzzy, audio-based, social-media...

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,...
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...
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...
David Schoenbaum

Of Nazis and violins: David Schoenbaum dives into history

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By Eric Schucht Nazi Germany, U.S.-Israel relations and violins. Three topics with at least two things in common. All involve Jews. And all have been...