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Revisiting the past in Cartagena, Colombia
Stop a random person on the streets of Pittsburgh for a little word-association game and Cartagena may invoke res-ponses along the lines of “drugs and crime” or perhaps the name of the mid-1980s fi...
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Soviet immigration fuels ‘engaging frolic’ through lives of imagination
In the charming novel, “A Replace-ment Life” by Boris Fishman, newly out in trade paperback, would-be writer Slava Gelman, stuck in a low- level, clerk-like job at a prestigious magazine, stumbles ...
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In Salt Lake City, a Reuben worshipper builds his temple
SALT LAKE CITY — Going back to his very first bite of a Reuben more than 50 years ago, Randy Harmsen has always loved deli food. So when he decided to open his own restaurant, the Salt Lake City na...
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Retro Review: ‘Wandering Star’ continues to be a Yiddish gem not to be missed
Sholem Aleichem was the nom de plume of Solomon Rabinovich, who wrote the classic short stories about “Tevye the Dairyman” that became the foundation for “Fiddler on the Roof.” True to his comedic ...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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In first, expat author Ruby Namdar wins Israel’s leading literary prize
by Beth Kissileff, JTA
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel’s biggest literary prize, the Sapir Prize, has the drama and mystery of a lottery. The identity of the judges remains secret until shortly before the ceremony, when they meet for an early di...
Ariel Kleiman back at Sundance with feature debut, a dark drama
by Anthony Weiss, JTA
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
PARK CITY, Utah — Sporting a droopy mustache and a sheepish smile, and dressed auteur-casual in a cloth jacket, rolled-up pants and work boots, nothing about filmmaker Ariel Kleiman’s appearance su...
Book Review: South African experience provides emotional backdrop to this Jewish experience
by Neal Gendler
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
Roger Cohen’s tribute to his mother is an interesting story of displacement and its damage to family history and traditions and sometimes to one’s mental health. “The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts...
War of words takes Jewish theater world by storm
by Suzanne Pollak
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 147 147 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — A growing chorus of arts professionals are speaking out on behalf of Ari Roth, the celebrated artistic director of Washington, D.C.’s Theater J who was fired last month by his employer...
‘Pepper, Silk & Ivory’ provides remarkable missing page of Jewish history
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 146 146 recommendations | email to a friend
The history and culture of European Jewry is widely known, but many people are unfamiliar with the Jews of Asia and the contributions that Jews made in Asian countries. For example, small pockets o...
Jewish women persevere behind the camera
by Michael Fox
Jan 15, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 130 130 recommendations | email to a friend
Surpassing $3 million in box office receipts, writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s feature debut “Obvious Child” was one of the surprise indie hits of last year. Not bad for a low-budget movie abo...
I.B. Singer’s sister a literary power in her own right
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 133 133 recommendations | email to a friend
The English-speaking world for many years was deprived of the writings of Esther Singer Kreitman, who was forced into the shadows of invisibility based primarily on her gender. In fact, Kreitman wa...
‘Herzl’s Vision’ opened Zionists’ eyes to the reality of a Jewish state
by Neal Gendler
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 136 136 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s common knowledge that the trial of French Capt. Alfred Dreyfus led Viennese journalist Theodor Herzl to propose the idea of a Jewish nation. It’s also wrong, says Shlomo Avineri. In “Herzl’s V...
The power of ‘Night’ continues its haunting grip
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 136 136 recommendations | email to a friend
How one of the most definitive Holocaust memoirs of our time escaped my attention is perplexing, but it was with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation that I sat down on a chilly November after...
Ben-Gurion: ‘History’s gift to the Jewish people’
by Neal Gendler
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 135 135 recommendations | email to a friend
“David Ben-Gurion’s greatest years were between 1942 and 1953,” said Anita Shapira, author of the latest in Yale’s “Jewish Lives” series of short biographies. “It seems that his whole life was but ...