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Oy Vey! Mother-daughter relationship prevails in Jewish-Latina comedy
Estella Fish is Puerto Rican, and she clasps a rosary while fretting about her directionless youngest daughter, Alexis. Yet, she sounds like a typical Jewish mother concerned about an underachievin...
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Great promise but not-so-bright future is Israel’s fate in this thoughtful examination
Is Israel good for the Jews? No, not if you prefer discrimination, exclusion, expulsion, persecution, pogroms and murder in the millions. Ask a stupid question. Of course Israel is good for the Jew...
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nazi spy? Not hardly: The Jewish dressmaker FDR turned away
WASHINGTON — Was the Jewish “lady tailor” who ran a Prague dressmaking shop a potential Nazi spy? The Roosevelt administration apparently thought so. The Jewish Museum Milwaukee recently opened a r...
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Helping Hollywood get Chasidim right
NEW YORK — When it comes to Chasidic characters in movies, film consultant Elli Meyer believes that the real deal trumps a random actor in costume. But that approach isn’t without its challenges. M...
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Return of Violin’ builds to impressive ending in week one of JFilm Festival
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Apr 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
No movie director could make up a story like this. A little Jewish boy from Czestochowa, Poland, plays the violin with such virtuosity that a nobleman makes him a gift of a priceless Stradivarius, ...
Film Fest opens with ‘Paris-Manhattan’
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Apr 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
If you’re a Woody Allen fan, you’ll love “Paris-Manhattan,” the opening night movie for the 2013 JFilm Festival. And even if you’re not (like me), you will at least appreciate it. This light French...
Single Files: Ari is a giver, a people person and lots of fun at coffee shops
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Mar 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
I enter the coffee shop and scan the room looking for Ari. I finally spot him comfortable on a couch, heavily engaged in conversation with an older man who seems to be important to him. I cannot he...
Three Jewish women showcased at Westmoreland art exhibit
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Mar 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
Three Jewish artists are being featured at a “pop-up” show at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg. The show opens Wednesday, March 6, and runs through Sunday, March 31. Ruth Levin...
Eddie Rosenstein uses humor to make very real, serious films
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Mar 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
How did a nice Jewish boy from Squirrel Hill end up in an East Harlem drug rehabilitation center? Fortunately, for Eddie Rosenstein, it wasn’t for treatment, but it was to create the award-winning ...
More finalists from CMU named for March 21 Campus Superstar finale
by Sam Lapin, Chronicle Correspondent
Mar 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
Three more finalists have been named in the 2013 “Campus Superstar” competition. They are among the 10 finalists who will vie for a $5,000 grand prize Thursday, March 21, at Carnegie Music Hall in ...
Pittsburgh comedian leaves them in stitches at The Moth
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Mar 04, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
No joke: Alan Olifson moved from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh about two years ago so he would have more opportunities to perform comedy. As it turned out, he was right. Olifson, who hosts The Moth’s m...
A new documentary looks at the many iterations of the popular tune, from Hasidic niggun to American kitsch
by Vox Tablet
Mar 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
“Hava Nagila” is perhaps the best-known Jewish song in the United States. Jewish and non-Jewish wedding and bar/bat mitzvah attendees alike know that its first few notes are our cue to link arms on...
‘The Gatekeepers,’ '5 Broken Cameras’ fail to win Academy Award
by Tablet Editors
Feb 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
5 Broken Cameras and The Gatekeepers , stark indictments of the Israeli occupation and its effects on Palestinian life, failed to garner the coveted Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards Sunday. The fil...
Purim Song
by The Maccabeats and Uri Westrich video
Feb 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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