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

Wishing Upon a Star

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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

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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

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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

In Sundance Premier, a Look at Shin Bet Methods

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PARK CITY, Utah – Perhaps the most difficult thing about watching the new documentary “The Green Prince” is feeling that you should not be there, that everyone in the theater should be asked to leave before any more Israeli intelligence secrets are divulged. When the Israeli newspaper Haaretz first broke the story in 2010 of… Read More

A Polish Opera Director in the Judean Desert

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Pre-state Israel experienced its first opera premiere when the Russian-born conductor and visionary, Mordechai Golinkin, directed Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” in September 1923. With no opera house in Tel Aviv at the time, the opera had to be performed in movie theaters. In Golinkin’s quest to pioneer opera life and culture, “La Traviata” was one… Read More

Middle-Aged At Middleton

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The college tour. It’s a rite of passage for most college-bound high school students. A new film by Baltimore natives Adam Rodgers and Sig Libowitz turns the tables on the college application process by taking a bittersweet look at two parents played by Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga. They form an immediate connection when they… Read More

A Man For All Seasons

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There are people in sports and entertainment whose names are never known in the general public. But such figures are the driving force of these industries. For more than seven decades, Sheldon “Shelly” Arthur Saltman, 82, has been the man behind some of the biggest sporting and entertainment events ever seen on television. Recently, the… Read More