Rocking into the Night

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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… Read More

Beth Tfiloh On Top

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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…. Read More

Semisweet Secrets

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My late mother told me to wait for post-holiday sales for great buys on anything. This adage still rings true. Even a non-Jewish holiday such as Valentine’s Day can provide residual benefits and bargains for Jewish cooks. On Feb. 15 — and the week after — you can find many kosher chocolates marked to 75… Read More

Examining the Jewish Influences on ‘Casablanca’

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On Feb. 14 each year, many Americans attend screenings of “Casablanca,” rent the movie or view it in another way for Valentine’s Day. As time goes by, the Jewish influences on the Oscar-winning 1940s romantic film become more apparent. Jews involved in the production of “Casablanca” include Murray Burnett, the author of the play on… Read More

Noah Hoffman Skis for the Gold

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Noah Hoffman was running with his middle school cross-country team when he decided to try cross-country skiing with some other runners. He wasn’t a natural nor did he take an instant liking to the sport. Once, he even went into the woods and rather than keep training, he and his teammates built a snow fort…. Read More

Dance Month Delights

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If February’s arctic blasts and icy roads have left you in need of a lift, you’re in luck. For the first time, Baltimore County’s Commission on Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the Gordon Center for Performing Arts and Baltimore County’s dance community, is presenting “Take a Leap,” a month-long celebration of dance in the… Read More

Adult Day Care: Right for Your Family?

You’re not alone if you’re at work, trying to concentrate on the document in front of you, but all you can think about is, “I hope Mom hasn’t forgotten she left a pot on the stove,” or, “I wonder if Dad has fallen and is lying in the bathroom.” Caring for an elderly loved one… Read More

Olympic Preview

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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… Read More

What’s Next on the Gridiron?

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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…. Read More

‘The Monuments Men’ Recalls Allied Effort To Save Europe’s Heritage

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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… Read More