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Thanks to writer Etgar Keret, the ‘feuilleton’ is alive and well in Israel
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 ...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pittsburgh native’s first novel became his first screenplay — and a film capturing Sundance awards
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...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Book Review: Harmony, rhythm help move Philip Glass’ ‘Words’
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....
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pittsburgh-based composer proves opera can be ‘cool and hip’
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 ...
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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With ‘Jewish Journey,’ PBS traces 350 years of migrations
by Tom Tugend, JTA
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 112 112 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 | 123 123 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 | 120 120 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 | 119 119 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 ...
In Salt Lake City, a Reuben worshipper builds his temple
by Anthony Weiss, JTA
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 110 110 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Retro Review: ‘Wandering Star’ continues to be a Yiddish gem not to be missed
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 133 133 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
In first, expat author Ruby Namdar wins Israel’s leading literary prize
by Beth Kissileff, JTA
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 155 155 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 | 154 154 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 | 155 155 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 | 251 251 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...