Arts & Life

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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 »

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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 »