Arts & Life

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‘Rabbi Abraham’ documents how Lincoln was a Jewish role model
BY Robert Gluck/JNS.org
June 12, 2014

Jews have held many U.S. leaders in high esteem over the course of American history, but they maintain a particularly emotional bond with Abraham Lincoln. Gary Zola’s recently released book, “We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, a Documentary History,” sheds new light on that storied 19th-century relationship. From the time of Lincoln’s CONTINUE »

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Rock manager’s soul, conscience is in his Jewish genes
BY Michael Fox
June 12, 2014

A half-hour doesn’t go by any faster than listening to longtime rock ‘n’ roll manager Shep Gordon’s anecdotes. In an interview coinciding with the recent San Francisco International Film Festival screening of Mike Myers’ briskly entertaining documentary, “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon,” Gordon offered firsthand memories of Groucho Marx and Barbra Streisand, Bill Graham CONTINUE »

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Spring sports deliver for the Panthers
BY Heather Norris
June 5, 2014

Pikesville High School was home to several successful teams this spring season. The boys track team led the pack with a state championship title, something coach Adam Hittner described as the perfect end to a great season. The win was the first boys’ outdoor track title in school history, but Hittner said, “I was very CONTINUE »

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Sacred and profane: Philip Roth, onetime ‘enfant terrible,’ gets seminary honor
BY Beth Kissileff/JTA
June 5, 2014

“What is being done to silence this man?” an American rabbi asked in a 1963 letter to the Anti-Defamation League. He was talking about the novelist Philip Roth, whose early novels and short stories cast his fellow American Jews in what some considered a none-too-flattering light. Fast-forward half a century. On Thursday, the writer whose CONTINUE »

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Hong Kong makes pitch for deeper business ties with ‘startup nation’ Israel
BY Josh Hasten/JNS.org
May 29, 2014

Israel’s business community has increasingly turned eastward toward booming Asian markets — so much so it was recently reported that in 2014, Israel is expected to export more on an annual basis to Asia than it will to the United States. Fittingly, then, Asian countries had a major presence at the prestigious MIXiii — Israel CONTINUE »