More a mountain of chaff than a memoir Review

Leading Tones: Reflections on Music, Musicians and the Music Industry by Leonard Slatkin. Milwaukee: Amaedus Press, 2017. 304 pages, $27.99. “Leading Tones,” by the conductor Leonard Slatkin, is the quintessential hodgepodge. Among its many unrelated, randomly strewn bits, we find facts about the career of Slatkin, who led our own National Symphony Orchestra from 1996… Read More

Sukkah directory is handy for travelers

Say you’re visiting Cyprus during Sukkot and want to find a sukkah to have a meal in. Or you’ve found yourself in Dublin. Or you’re new to the Washington area and don’t know where to find a sukkah. You might try localsukkah.org, which this year lists 336 sukkot in 26 countries. The registry is the… Read More

U-Md. professor says she was fired for being pro-Israel

Days after joining a pro-Israel group, Melissa Landa knew something had gone wrong: She said her mentor stopped working with her, pulling out of a conference presentation just days in advance. Landa didn’t know that her mentor, John O’Flahavan, would then stop taking her calls. Or that O’Flahavan would soon dismiss her from teaching the… Read More

The possessions of Iraqi Jews

A year from now, the United States is scheduled to return to Iraq a trove of Jewish artifacts the U.S. military discovered in Baghdad after it overthrew Saddam Hussein in 2003. Included within the historic materials are thousands of what were badly damaged holy books — the oldest from the 16th century — which were… Read More

They’re playing ‘Hatikvah’

As the saying goes, we don’t expect Israel’s enemies to be playing “Hatikvah.” Yet there was the Bahrain National Orchestra, playing the Israeli national anthem. The occasion was an interfaith gathering last week at the Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, where Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad al Khalifa, son of Bahrain’s king, spoke to 400 guests,… Read More

Adas Israel names Holtzblatt, Alexander co-rabbis

Rabbis Lauren Holtzblatt and Aaron Alexander, who were given joint responsibility for primary rabbinic duties at Washington’s Adas Israel Congregation after Senior Rabbi Gil Steinlauf announced he was stepping down in April, have been named co-head rabbis of the Conservative synagogue. Holtzblatt, 40, started at Adas in 2011, Alexander, 42, in 2015. “A partnership between… Read More

Family, faith, education focus a young photographer

ANNAPOLIS — If Annapolis resident Sophie Macaluso has a big challenge, it’s choosing from among so many activities where to focus. And focusing her camera — the Canon she works with — was the biggest draw over this past summer break. In late summer, Sophie, 16, could be found photographing Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy for… Read More