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The birth of ‘Jersey Boys,’ thanks to two New York Jewish guys
As unlikely as it was for a group of guys from the New Jersey projects — who were affiliated with mobsters and occasionally incarcerated — to rise to the top of the 1960s pop charts, what may be ev...
Sep 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rugelach roundtable: Does this beloved pastry need to be dairy to taste good?
Rugelach (singular: rugala) are a beloved traditional Jewish pastry, with a quirky history to boot, but they often present a kosher conundrum. Though pareve, rugelach are often a preferred dessert ...
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Can Yom Kippur atonement be accomplished in 140 characters or less?
Coming from a non-observant family of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union to Israel, a country where many people tend to lead secular lifestyles to begin with, I wasn’t raised in a parti...
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A hero disgraced: The story of archives saved, stolen and dispersed
Self-taught historian Szajko Frydman gained fame among scholars for his achievements in preserving history from Europe’s lost Jewish world, but his obsessive zeal and need for income led him to dis...
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fashion spirit lives on for trendsetting Hall of Fame icon
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Oct 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 149 149 recommendations | email to a friend
Last Sunday’s Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame luncheon highlighted the accomplishments of five local inductees who have snipped, sewn and styled their way to the top. Joining Catherine Ferris, Patr...
Oy Vey! Mother-daughter relationship prevails in Jewish-Latina comedy
by Michael Fox
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 148 148 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Great promise but not-so-bright future is Israel’s fate in this thoughtful examination
by Neal Gendler
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 146 146 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Nazi spy? Not hardly: The Jewish dressmaker FDR turned away
by Rafael Medoff, JTA
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 144 144 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Helping Hollywood get Chasidim right
by Miriam Moster, JTA
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 166 166 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
‘Parade’ offers a powerful tale of an American blood libel
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 168 168 recommendations | email to a friend
A young girl is found dead in the factory where she worked. There are three suspects for the brutal murder: the black night watchman, the black janitor and the Jewish factory superintendent. The to...
Retro Review ‘Rachel Calof’s Story: Jewish Homesteader on the Northern Plains’
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jul 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 199 199 recommendations | email to a friend
When Rachel Bella Kahn was a girl growing up in Russia, she certainly never imagined that one day she’d end up as a pioneer woman on the prairies of North Dakota. She was born in 1876, and almost f...
For Iranian-born actors, Israel’s first Farsi movie carries echo of lost home
by Ben Sales, JTA
Jul 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 179 179 recommendations | email to a friend
AYANOT, Israel — An Iranian-Israeli director and a group of Iranian-born actors are making a movie in Farsi, the language of Iran. “Baba Joon,” a story of familial conflict between three generation...
From dance tunes to stories, Simply Tsfat rocks Pittsburgh with a joy for Jewish life
by Simone Shapiro, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 14, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 162 162 recommendations | email to a friend
The Baal Shem Tov, founder of Chasidism, explained niggunim as “songs that transcend syllables and sound.” On Sunday night, June 29, that soulful nature was on display, as Simply Tsaf, a group of t...
In L.A., children of Holocaust survivors say ‘Never Again’ — with guns
by Anthony Weiss
May 21, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 157 157 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES — It’s a sunny morning in Southern California, and Lea Rosenfeld, a soft-spoken, bespectacled woman who looks like a Jewish grandmother, squares her feet, faces her target and squeezes ...