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With ‘Jewish Journey,’ PBS traces 350 years of migrations
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...
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jews receive a mixed welcome at ‘Downton Abbey’
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...
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
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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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Bringing the past to life spotlights importance of Jewish community
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 04, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 149 149 recommendations | email to a friend
Generations of Jewish families in Pittsburgh have painstakingly saved their photos and wedding announcements; their son’s honor-roll report card and across-the-Atlantic passenger information for th...
For the Dutch, hiding Jews was an almost popular way to ‘fight back’
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 142 142 recommendations | email to a friend
While there is nothing funny about the Holocaust, the title of Hans Keilson’s long-lost novella, “Comedy in a Minor Key,” seems appropriate, although as comedies go, this is certainly a dark one. “...
Predictable ‘Book of Jonah’ brings forth both the Bible and Hollywood
by Neal Gendler
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
The swift, improbable conclusion of “The Book of Jonah” reminds me of my mother’s reactions to many Hollywood endings: “only in the movies.” As the title suggests, Joshua Max Feldman’s novel is pat...
Celebrating its Jewish voice: HaZamir gets ready for ninth season
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
The local chapter of the international HaZamir Jewish high school choir announced its ninth season, inviting performers to join the troupe at the Squirrel Hill JCC as it rehearses for performances ...
Little Lake Theatre’s latest turns fashion misery into laughter
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
Any woman who has a purse filled with capless pens, capless lipsticks and tissues that may or may not have been used, or whoever has been fitted for a bra, or who has a mother, should grab a girlfr...
Fashion spirit lives on for trendsetting Hall of Fame icon
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Oct 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 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 | 64 64 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 | 62 62 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 | 60 60 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 | 83 83 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...