Rabbi Daniel Plotkin was in the marching band at the University of Wisconsin and one of his highlights came when the football team took part in the Rose Bowl parade in 1994 — the school's first appearance in the game in 31 years. When Plotkin became the rabbi at Beth Shalom in Columbia less than three years ago, he soon learned of several other congregants with dormant musical backgrounds but no outlet to keep sharp or exhibit their skills. With the assistance of Steve Cohen, who joined
For more than 25 years, Bob and Linda Chasnow have followed musician Robyn Helzner's career. The Columbia couple watched her play guitar and lead stories during children's services at a Washington synagogue. They attended her concerts, where she performs both as a solo artist and as a member of the Robyn Helzner Trio.
The 21st annual Jewish Federation of Howard County Purim Carnival, Purim Palooza, will be held Sunday, Feb. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Road, in Fulton. For volunteer, vendor and sponsorship opportunities at Purim Palooza Headquarters, go to www.jewishhowardcounty.org/purim.aspx.