Arts & Life Features

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Beth Shalom coffee house features Divine Intervention band
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
February 20, 2014

The frigid night air of winter was stopped at the door to Beth Shalom Congregation as the Columbia synagogue’s in-house band heated up the sanctuary for the congregation’s second annual concert. Divine Intervention headlined “An Evening at the Coffee House” Jan. 25, playing through an eclectic program of swing standards such as Glen Miller’s “In CONTINUE »

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Basketball coach Ari Braun has team in winning position
BY Jim Williams
February 20, 2014

In this, his first season as the head coach of the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community Day School’s boys varsity basketball team, Ari Braun led his players to a 17-9 overall record, 10-4 in their conference. That was good enough to earn second place in the Class C Division of the tough Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association. CONTINUE »

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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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With Super Bowl in rearview mirror, signature event for football in Israel lies ahead
BY Maxine Dovere/JNS.org
February 6, 2014

NEW YORK — Days before Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, a New York City room full of players, coaches and supporters of the Israel Football League — a group spanning several generations of Israeli sportsmen — looked forward to an upcoming signature event for American-style football in the Jewish state. The Jan. CONTINUE »

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BY Penny Schwartz, JTA
February 6, 2014

There’s nothing like a star-studded Hollywood movie to shine a light on a little-known piece of history. That’s the hope of Robert Edsel, who wrote the book that inspired “The Monuments Men,” the George Clooney-Matt Damon film that opens Friday in theaters across the country. The all-star cast also includes Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean CONTINUE »