Arts & Life

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In Bucharest, a Jewish theater struggles to cheat death once more
BY Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
February 27, 2014

BUCHAREST, Romania — When secret police opened fire on protesters near her home, Maia Morgenstern headed for the Jewish State Theater. It was 1989, and Morgenstern, then 27, and a few of her friends took refuge in the theater, as protesters outside clashed with forces loyal to Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Hundreds died in two CONTINUE »

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World’s oldest Holocaust survivor takes center stage in Oscar-nominated documentary
BY Tom Tugend, JTA
February 20, 2014

LOS ANGELES — In her 110 years, Alice Herz-Sommer has been an accomplished concert pianist and teacher, a wife and mother — and a prisoner in Theresienstadt. Now she is the star of an Oscar-nominated documentary showing her indomitable optimism, cheerfulness and vitality, despite all the upheavals and horrors she faced in the 20th century. CONTINUE »

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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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BY Ilene Spector
February 12, 2014

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 CONTINUE »