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Jewish debate on Sochi Olympics centers on human rights, corruption, security
BY Alina Dain Sharon/JNS.org
February 6, 2014

With the 2014 Winter Olympics starting Feb. 7 in Sochi, Russia, the Jewish debate on the games mirrors the discourse taking place in the broader international and athletic communities. While some Jews say they view the games purely as sport — with social or political issues not factoring into their evaluation — not all can CONTINUE »

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New film by Baltimoreans shows college life through parents’ eyes
BY Simone Ellin
January 23, 2014

The college tour. It’s a rite of passage for most college-bound high school students. A new film by Baltimore natives Adam Rodgers and Sig Libowitz turns the tables on the college application process by taking a bittersweet look at two parents played by Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga. They form an immediate connection when they CONTINUE »

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‘Torah-Rock’ band toured internationally in ’70s and ’80s
BY Marc Shapiro
January 16, 2014

Avraham Rosenblum grew up during the Woodstock generation; he even attended the legendary music festival in 1969. But when he left behind his hippie rags for spiritual riches, he helped found a band that would pioneer Jewish rock music. The Diaspora Yeshiva Band formed on Mount Zion in Jerusalem in 1975, creating a unique sound CONTINUE »

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A look into the history of cholent
BY Eli W. Schlossberg
December 19, 2013

Ethnic foods are enjoyed by Americans, Europeans, Asians and other well-traveled societies. Thai, Indian and Vietnamese cuisines have joined the ranks of French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Greek Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Mexican and Hungarian culinary delights and haute cuisine. As experienced worldwide travelers visit exotic places and taste a wide variety of authentic culinary cuisines, they CONTINUE »

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s creative director talks about his responsibility to keep the tradition going
BY Marc Shapiro
November 26, 2013

Ben Jaffe practically learned how to crawl and walk at Preservation Hall. The legendary New Orleans venue, located in the city’s French Quarter, was transformed into an integrated jazz club in 1961 by Jaffe’s parents, Allan and Sandra Jaffe. The couple was instrumental in putting the first form of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on CONTINUE »