Arts & Life

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BY Robert Gluck, JNS.org
February 12, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

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BY Suzanne Pollak
February 12, 2014

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. CONTINUE »

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Baltimore County’s first month-long celebration offers something for everyone
BY Simone Ellin
February 12, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

BY Lauri Malin
February 6, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

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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 »