Arts & Life

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Ahead of the NBA playoffs, era of Jewish commissioner David Stern needs to be remembered
BY Robert Gluck/JNS.org
April 10, 2014

When the National Basketball Association playoffs tip off on April 19, the star players who take the court should credit their status to recently retired league commissioner David Stern, according to Peter Horvitz, author of “The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes.” Horvitz said Stern’s leadership of the NBA for 30 years saw the league CONTINUE »

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‘Noah’ channels God’s wrath, humankind’s fallibility
BY Michael Fox
April 3, 2014

An earnest amalgam of free-association Bible story, dire disaster movie and family melodrama, “Noah” is a more thoughtful and provocative film than one has any right to expect. Sure, it’s ludicrous and ponderous at times and embellished with gratuitous special effects, but it also succeeds in prodding the viewer to reflect on his or her CONTINUE »

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Ben Raby is calming voice in the crazy world of the NHL
BY Jim Williams
April 3, 2014

It is 10:05 p.m. and the lights on the phone bank at the studios of WFED-AM radio in Northwest Washington are completely full. The Capitals have just lost to their bitter arch-rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins, on a last-second goal. Ben Raby, who hosts the postgame show on the Washington Capitals Radio Network, is poised and CONTINUE »

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2015 Hillel tournament already in development
BY Eliana Block
April 3, 2014

“One, two, three, hustle!” yelled Paige Siegal’s University of Maryland women’s team as they returned to the court from halftime during the National Hillel Basketball Tournament championship games on Sunday. They were leading by eight points. Within the first minute of the second half, Ali Feinstein of the Texas team had taken hold of the CONTINUE »

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Retreat gives young artists new platform to engage with Jewish ideas
BY Michele Alperin/JNS.org
April 3, 2014

Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity and to learn skills to assist CONTINUE »