Examining the Jewish Influences on ‘Casablanca’

021414_Casablanca-sm

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

021414_olympics-sm

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

021414_dance-lg

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

020714_olympics_lg

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?

020714_football-sm

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

020714_monuments-men-sm

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

Wishing Upon a Star

020714_ice-skating-sm

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…. Read More

Landmark Deli Takes Baltimore Flavor to Potomac

013114_attmans_lg

He might just be the only deli owner/doctor in the country, if not the world, and he’ll put his corned beef up against any of those fading New York delis: Katz’s, Second Avenue, Zabars. Pikesville resident Marc Attman is a proud third-generation deli owner. He notes his ZIP code, 21208, as part of his identity…. Read More

Jewish Geography Tackles Super Bowl

013114_superbowl_lg

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… Read More