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Writer Calvin Trillin dishes about civil rights, Judaism and the art of reporting
Writer Calvin Trillin may be most famous today for his humorous musings on food, family, travel and love. But before he won the Thurber Prize for Humor in 2013, before “Uncivil Liberties,” his humo...
Jul 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Options abound when cooking with red orbs of goodness
I love the scent of ripe tomatoes warmed by the sun. At their peak during the summer months, tomatoes taste better than they do all year. These juicy jewels star in all kinds of salads — from side ...
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Iran, the Holocaust, ‘Septembers of Shiraz’ — and me
“Septembers of Shiraz” is a film about a prosperous Jewish family in Iran caught up in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution that overthrew the shah. It’s based on Dalia Sofer’s well-received 2007 n...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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Author’s first novel tackles the clouds, despair of bipolar II disorder
Susan Sofayov said that her debut novel “Defective,” published by Black Opal Books in 2014, was “the first thing I wrote in my life other than a grant proposal.” Sofayov, a Mt. Lebanon resident, wh...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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The story of Jewish terrorism in its ‘war of national liberation’
by Neal Gendler
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 130 130 recommendations | email to a friend
After reading Bruce Hoffman’s history of how Jewish terrorism drove Britain from its Palestine Mandate, it’s interesting to consider whether freer Jewish immigration might have prevented or lessene...
Some of Lincoln’s best friends were Jews
by Beth Kissileff, JTA
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 128 128 recommendations | email to a friend
A whopping 16,000 books have been written about President Abraham Lincoln. But a new book and an exhibit at the New York Historical Society tell a previously untold story about Lincoln: his relatio...
Lower East Side candy king holds firm against changing neighborhood
by Debra Nussbaum Cohen, JTA
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 128 128 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Walking into Economy Candy on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, it’s hard to know where to look first. To the foil-clad chocolate rabbits standing sentinel atop sacks of chocolate eggs? The s...
Passover: Your holiday Haggadah to staying healthy during Passover
by By Sarah Rueven Special to The Chronicle
Mar 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 121 121 recommendations | email to a friend
Passover is the time of the year when Jews celebrate our freedom from slavery in Egypt. But the endless monotony of eggs, potatoes and matzah for eight days may leave you feeling like a slave to yo...
Passover: New gastronomic delights hit local shelves
by By Toby Tabachnick Senior Staff Writer
Mar 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 125 125 recommendations | email to a friend
Long gone are the days when a treat during Passover meant a day-old slice of pesadig sponge cake, one of those half-moon, rind-trimmed jelly candies or a sticky coconut macaroon from a can. The ann...
David Blatt getting a handle on life as NBA coach
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 159 159 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — With the clock winding down on a recent game here, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt was still barking out instructions to his players despite enjoying a late 40-point lead over th...
With ‘Jewish Journey,’ PBS traces 350 years of migrations
by Tom Tugend, JTA
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 157 157 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES — “You survive, you honor us by living,” said Martin Greenfield, now a New York master tailor, recalling his father’s words after he was liberated from the Buchenwald concentration camp...
Jews receive a mixed welcome at ‘Downton Abbey’
by Michael Fox, Special to the Chronicle
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 168 168 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish characters have finally joined the impeccably attired throng at “Downton Abbey,” and it’s not an altogether happy day. While Lord and Lady Grantham welcome the new arrivals with exquisite ma...
Revisiting the past in Cartagena, Colombia
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 165 165 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Soviet immigration fuels ‘engaging frolic’ through lives of imagination
by Neal Gendler
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 163 163 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...