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

Written by Fred Shapiro on . Posted in Features

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.

A Summer Camp Experience to Ease the Pain of Loss

Written by Kami Troy on . Posted in Features

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.”

Can Lifting Weights Can Make You Younger?

Written by Justin Walls on . Posted in Features

There is a popular myth that conquistador Ponce de Leon landed in what is now St. Augustine, Florida, in search of the Fountain of Youth. Biographers such as Oviedo were promoting colonization of the New World, so they may have felt compelled to invent stories of their contemporaries to convince their countrymen to move there.

The King of Cantors

Written by Larry Shor on . Posted in Features

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

Written by Rochelle Eisenberg on . Posted in Features

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

Written by Rabbi Daniel Rose on . Posted in Features

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.

Leonard Kanthal: A Boxing Legend and a Mensch

Written by Ariel Levi on . Posted in Features

Reminiscing about local boxing legend Leonard “Lenny” Kanthal, who passed away July 17, Annette Schreiber shared the story of an unforgettable impromptu boxing lesson.

“My young daughter Beth asked Leonard, ‘Can you show me how to box?’” said Schreiber. “I thought to myself, he’s a busy man, and told Beth so.”