Insights Into Life With Parkinson’s Disease

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Over 1 million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease (PD), and while some symptoms are easier to see — tremors, stiffness and slowness of movement — there are a range of harder-to-detect non-movement symptoms that can have an impact on daily life.

The Gift Within the ‘Days of Awe’

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With the High Holidays approaching, matters of life and death are naturally on our minds. The prayers of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur revolve around life; as the Talmud says, these days are uniquely solemn because the “Books of the Living and the Books of the Dead are open” as we stand in judgement before the Almighty.

A Summer Camp Experience to Ease the Pain of Loss

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During a recent visit to the Capital Camps and Retreat Center in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, Henry M. Rosenbaum, director of the Baltimore chapter of Friends of the IDF (FIDF), met a 13-year-old Israeli named Noam. The teen was wearing a t-shirt bearing the photo image of a handsome young man. “Thinking it was a well-known Israeli sports personality or singer, I asked him in Hebrew whose picture it was,” said Rosenbaum. “He told me, with a sad look on his face: It was his deceased brother who died a couple of months ago during his IDF service.”

Holocaust-Survivor Chemist Lectures at Leisure World on Controversial Historical Figures

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As an instructor at the Leisure World Center for Lifelong Learning, George Birnbaum has presented a series of seminars over the past few years delving into the biographies of well-known people, especially those not necessarily on the right side of public opinion. Exploring the backgrounds and personalities of men with controversial histories is a favorite pastime for Birnbaum. He has also taught classes at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Rockville, Maryland.

The King of Cantors

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This summer marks the 85th yahrzeit (anniversary of one’s passing) of the man who was known as the “King Of The Cantors.” Even now, 85 years later, his music is still a part of the Jewish liturgical experience at all types of shuls and services. He was Cantor Joseph Rosenblatt, best known by his Yiddish nickname, Yossele.

Behind the Scenes of ‘Something Good’: Meet Karen Singer

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Karen Singer never anticipated that her “aha” moment — the instant that she realized what she wanted to tackle during her next phase in life — would come to her in a flash the day she found herself dressed head to toe in pink, rolling around the floor with a group of young girls.

Creating an Ethical Will: A Gift for the Next Generation

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An unfortunate byproduct of our cultural aversion to the end of life is that we see the experience only in negative terms. As we have discussed, this attitude prevents us from making important decisions when they would be most effective. But it also prevents us from recognizing the possibilities for strength, love, and spirituality that are uniquely accessible at the end of life. This month, we will begin to discuss some of those possibilities.