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Leonard Cohen, whose Jewish-infused poetry and songs inspired generations, is dead at 82
Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter whose Jewish-infused work became a soundtrack for melancholy, has died. He was 82. “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwrite...
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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How a bat mitzvah helped inspire a ‘Good Girls Revolt’
Men were writers and women were researchers. That’s the way it was when Lynn Povich and 45 of her colleagues at Newsweek decided to take a stand. In 1970, the women banded together and became the f...
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Three Rivers debuts quintessential Pittsburgh story
“It’s a film by a Pittsburgher, about a Pittsburgher, partially shot in Pittsburgh,” Eddie Rosenstein says of his movie, “The Freedom to Marry,” which kicks off this year’s Three Rivers Film Festiv...
Nov 10, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laughing all the way from the shtetl to ‘Seinfeld’
There is no denying we are a pretty funny people. From Henny Youngman to Jerry Seinfeld to Sacha Baron Cohen, there seems to be something in our DNA that just keeps us laughing. Nationally recogniz...
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Shakespeare’s Jew comes to Pittsburgh
by Simone Shapiro
Nov 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
For more than 400 years, since “The Merchant of Venice” was written, readers and audiences have been debating the question: Is this play anti-Semitic? This question was raised and discussed again, ...
Dutch survivor’s diary called an Anne Frank story with a ‘happy’ ending
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Oct 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
AMSTERDAM — A Holocaust survivor dubbed “Rotterdam’s Anne Frank” in her native Netherlands published her wartime diary, which she wrote while hiding in the bombed-out city. “At Night I Dream of Pea...
From Woody Allen to Sarah Jessica Parker, 8 ‘Jewish’ shows to watch this fall
by Lior Zaltzman, JTA
Sep 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend
Fall is here, and with it comes cooler weather, earlier sunsets and an end to whatever magical spell or temporary insanity that possessed us to spend our free time outdoors rather than in front of ...
New film explores the why, how behind Nazi atrocities
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 120 120 recommendations | email to a friend
Documentary film director and second-generation Holocaust survivor Philippe Mora recalls exactly what he was eating — chopped herring and eggs — when Sam Goldberg recounted to him details of what i...
Minnesota Vikings’ owner thinks big with new stadium and Holocaust philanthropy
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Sep 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 125 125 recommendations | email to a friend
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer stepped up to an 800-pound gjallarhorn and exhaled with all he had to launch the festivities  that officially inaugurated the team’s $1.1 bill...
From matzah balls to footballs, two Jewish brothers recall their journey to the NFL
by Victor Wishna, JTA
Sep 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 100 100 recommendations | email to a friend
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At 6-foot-6 and 340 pounds, veteran NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz isn’t just a force of nature, but a product of good ol’ Jewish nurture. “My size comes from a childhood t...
New Ken Burns film spotlights little-known Holocaust rescuers
by Ben Sales, JTA
Sep 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
In 1940, as he was being transported to safety in the lower deck of a ship, the Jewish author Lion Feuchtwanger asked Waitstill Sharp why the American Unitarian minister had bothered to rescue him ...
Why Tel Aviv is so crazy about dogs
by Andrew Tobin, JTA
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 104 104 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — It’s not every day you see a dog getting a massage. But in this Israeli city, somehow it seems expected. At Tel Aviv’s first official dog festival last month, hundreds of dogs took over ...
A Jewish rocker rediscovers his sonic roots — by teaching gospel music in Harlem
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — It’s a very humid Friday evening at an outdoor plaza at Manhattan’s tony Lincoln Center. But despite the oppressive weather, some 200 people have gathered to hear live gospel music. The ...
This Israeli and Palestinian duo owns Berlin’s hippest hummus joint
by Toby Axelrod, JTA
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 112 112 recommendations | email to a friend
BERLIN — In a corner of former East Berlin, where shabby, red brick buildings meet cobblestone streets, lies a new Promised Land. Kanaan — a casual, vegetarian Middle Eastern restaurant named for t...