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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 »

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Jewish skater turns princess in ‘Disney On Ice’
BY Simone Ellin
February 6, 2014

Many little girls dream of being a Disney princess, but for Laura Stern, the dream has become a reality. For the past three years, the 24-year-old figure skater and actor has been performing with “Disney On Ice.” This year’s show, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney’s legacy, is at the Baltimore Arena Feb. CONTINUE »

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Boos for Broncos, cheers for Seahawks
BY Simone Ellin
January 30, 2014

If you’re a Ravens fan — and few Baltimoreans aren’t — Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII showdown between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., is shaping up to be a bit of a bummer. But take heart. At least you’re not a Baltimore native and diehard Ravens fan CONTINUE »