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Keeping Judaism alive in the beauty of the South Pacific
God truly must have formed Tahiti and French Polynesia and placed coral necklaces around them. They are too perfect: bright morning sunshine, calming breezes, turquoise lagoons, spectacular waterfa...
Jul 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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No ivory tower for Theodore Bikel: Remembering the actor, musician, activist
Theodore Bikel had an amazing career for the length and breadth of it, said Ted Pappas, the producing artistic director of the Pittsburgh Public Theater. The actor and musician, who died July 21 at...
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Summer reads: Area book lovers are dipping into Westerns, biographies and stories by local authors
Compiled by Geoffrey W. Melada Interim Editor >> David Ben-Gurion is one of the towering figures of the 20th century and I am abashed at how little I know about the man. Like many of us, I can read...
Jul 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Love, murder, politics and diplomacy: Here’s what the staff of The Chronicle is reading this summer
“Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide” by Michael B. Oren Random House, 2015 377 pages — $30 For those who know me it will come as no surprise that the book that tops my reading list...
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Thanks to writer Etgar Keret, the ‘feuilleton’ is alive and well in Israel
by Alan Elsner, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Before writing his seminal book “Der Judenstaat,” the father of the modern Zionist movement, Theodore Herzl, was a writer of a literary form known as the “feuilleton.” These were short articles or ...
Pittsburgh native’s first novel became his first screenplay — and a film capturing Sundance awards
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
When you hear the words “teenager with a terminal illness,” it’s likely that the place your brain leaps to isn’t, “very funny.” Yet Jesse Andrews, author of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” has ma...
Book Review: Harmony, rhythm help move Philip Glass’ ‘Words’
by Suzanne Meyer
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
In New York in the 1960s it wasn’t unusual for struggling artists to do odd jobs to make a buck until the next big break. Author Fran Lebowitz drove a taxi and still owns her vintage checkered cab....
Pittsburgh-based composer proves opera can be ‘cool and hip’
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Douglas Levine began Bucknell University as a management major and switched to the music program after his freshman year. “You can imagine how traumatic that parents’ weekend was!” He never looked ...
Once war-torn, Vietnam now popular with Western tourists
by Ben G. Frank, Special to the Chronicle
Jun 03, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Who would have dreamed that the war-ravaged Vietnam of the 1960s would become one of the most in-destinations for Western tourists? And that American and French Jews, as well as Israelis, would be ...
Agnieszka Kurant and the art of what’s missing
by Lucy Blatter, JTA
Jun 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — On June 5, Agnieszka Kurant will become one of only a handful of artists to have their work adorn the famous curved facade of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum here. Kurant’s “The End of ...
Retro Review: Humor is a teaching tool in revisiting ‘Up the Down Staircase’
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
“In homeroom … they went after me with all their ammunition:  whistling, shouting, drumming on desks, clacking inkwell lids, playing catch with the board eraser, sprawling in their seats to trip ea...
With this Bellow’s collection, there really is something to think about
by Neal Gendler
May 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
Aptly named, Benjamin Taylor’s collection of nonfiction by Nobel-winning novelist Saul Bellow can seem like its title: 512 thought-provoking pages of Bellow on life, aspirations, disappointments, c...
On this Front Porch, young, local artists grab a deserving spotlight
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
May 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
Summer and romance go together so well that local theater company Front Porch Theatricals kicks off its season May 22 with “The Last Five Years,” a piece detailing five years in the lives of a New ...
Imagination gives first-graders chance to build bridge to diversity
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
May 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
In a kind of “Muppets” meets writing workshop, a weeklong experimental program at Hillel Academy tested the idea that technology — and some fun — could promote inclusivity and develop writing skill...