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Contemplating a world occupied by both the head and the heart
Yehoshua November is a graduate of Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh and of Taylor Allderdice High School, and so local readers should have special interest in his new book of poetry. But I think it is ...
Jan 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Midlife women’s group subject of Sofayov’s new book
“The Kiddush Ladies” is the latest novel from Pittsburgh-based author, Susan Sofayov, whose first novel, “Defective,” was published in 2014. Naomi, Becky and Miriam are childhood best friends who g...
Jan 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Six Israeli TV shows to binge-watch now
As the folks on the next season of “Game of Thrones” might say, “Winter is here.” That means it’s time to get under the covers and engage in the national pastime of binge-watching TV shows. Since N...
Jan 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lit gloss: Shiny new books that make great gifts for Chanukah
There are so many good books out right now, and coming out in the next few months, that it’s almost impossible to pick just a few — especially with so many fantastically talented Jewish authors. Th...
Dec 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Getting ‘UnREAL’ with actress Shiri Appleby: Actress dishes on playing a Jewish, feminist antihero
by Linda Buchwald, JTA
Jul 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 208 208 recommendations | email to a friend
In the world of television, Rachel Goldberg is a rare character: a Jewish, female antihero. She’s the main character in “UnREAL,” a scripted drama on Lifetime about the behind-the-scenes world of a...
Writer Calvin Trillin dishes about civil rights, Judaism and the art of reporting
by Curt Schleier, JTA
Jul 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 240 240 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Options abound when cooking with red orbs of goodness
by Linda Morel , Special to The Chronicle
Jul 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 229 229 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
Iran, the Holocaust, ‘Septembers of Shiraz’ — and me
by Curt Schleier, JTA
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 241 241 recommendations | email to a friend
“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...
Author’s first novel tackles the clouds, despair of bipolar II disorder
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 223 223 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Author’s roundabout journey to Orthodoxy includes website for writers
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 220 220 recommendations | email to a friend
“I grew up as a nerd,” Matthue Roth confesses. Roth, 37, is a published author several times over, with credits including the award-winning “Never Mind the Goldbergs” and “My First Kafka,” a pictur...
Listen to ‘The Lion’
by Lisa Traiger, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 219 219 recommendations | email to a friend
“Music is my spirituality,” said Benjamin Scheuer, the singer/songwriter/author of a heartbreaking and heartwarming one-man musical, “The Lion.” Music is also his saving grace. “The Lion” runs thro...
In new film, Yitzhak Rabin narrates his autobiography
by Curt Schleier, JTA
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 232 232 recommendations | email to a friend
“Rabin in his Own Words,” which opened on Friday in New York, Los Angeles and South Florida, is more than a tribute to the two-time Israeli prime minister tragically gunned down in 1995. The aptly ...
A fresh crop of Jewish books for spring
by Victor Wishna, JTA
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 229 229 recommendations | email to a friend
Spring — when nature itself seems to reawaken — is a time for renewal. Indeed, Jewish tradition teaches that Passover is a holiday of rebirth, a second new year. So it’s probably a good idea to spr...
Israeli audiences warm to home-grown horror movies
by Ben Sales, JTA
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 221 221 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — On an army base in northern Israel, a scrawny nerd with glasses shakily patrols in the dead of night. Suddenly he’s ambushed by a group of militants in kaffiyehs, and he’s forced to figh...