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Editor's Choice: Lou Adler; Baltimore's Anti-Semitic Schools

By Forward Staff

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Herb Alpert in the studio with Lou Adler in 1970.

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Lou Adler: The Midas Touch

By Tom Teicholz

About a mile north of Duke’s in Malibu, a right turn takes you up to a bluff with its own driveway, which leads to a large parking lot. There, on the day I visited, a tour bus was parked in front of a modest ranch house, alongside several other cars, none of them too fancy. The front door was open, and I walked in unannounced, past stacks of books and vinyl records, and walls lined with posters from albums, movies and concerts. Beyond was a large living room overlooking a pool, and, beyond that the most amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. A bunch of people were milling around, seemingly working there. The house itself didn’t seem like much — it could have been either a teardown, given Malibu real-estate prices, or a midcentury relic.

It is, in fact, the office of legendary music producer Lou Adler, and its lack of pretension is, I discovered, much like Adler himself: down-to-earth, casual and extremely cool.

Read the complete story at The Jewish Journal

Veteran Math Teacher Says Anti-Semitism Forced His Early Retirement

By Mark Shapiro

A teacher in Baltimore County has lost his job. He says it is because the school administration is anti-Semitic. Now, Dr. Bert Miller is taking the district to court.

Read the complete story at The Baltimore Jewish Times


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