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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 | 47 47 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 ...
Jul 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 64 64 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 | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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From HBO to Arthur Miller, what a ‘tough guy’ actor learned from his Jewish grandma
by Lonnie Firestone, JTA
Jan 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — On a trip to London last year, actor Michael Zegen caught a revival performance of Arthur Miller’s 1955 drama, “A View from the Bridge.” about a Brooklyn longshoreman whose protective im...
‘As a Driven Leaf’ is a powerful look at politics, religion, philosophy in ancient times
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
Questions of faith versus reason, religion versus paganism and strict adherence to ritual versus assimilation are all central themes in Milton Steinberg’s 1939 novel, “As a Driven Leaf.” It is curi...
A classic Yiddish operetta gets revived for a new generation
by Curt Schleier, JTA
Dec 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — “For a German Jew, Yiddish is beneath contempt,” musicologist Michael Ochs said. “German Jews tend to think of Yiddish as bad German. The only use we had in our family for it was to make...
The ‘Kate Middleton effect’ on synagogue fashion has its admirers
by Lucy Cohen Blatter, JTA
Dec 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
The so-called “Kate Middleton effect” — by which anything the Duchess of Cambridge wears becomes an instant best-seller — seems to know no bounds. She has graced the covers of countless magazines; ...
Eight ways to celebrate Chanukah that don’t involve gifts
by Maayan Jaffe, JNS.org
Dec 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
Despite Chanukah being one of the few Jewish holidays not mentioned in the Torah, it gets a lot of play — pun intended. Shmuel Arnold of Baltimore recalls that while growing up in a secular Jewish ...
Chanukah FAQs for non-Jews: All I want for Christmas is Jew
by Rachel Kurland
Dec 03, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s that time of year again: Christmas. Oh, and Chanukah, too. For non-Jews, Chanukah has been built up to be perceived as the most important Jewish holiday, even though we all know the High Holid...
You down with RBG? Highlights from the new biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
by Erica Brody, JTA
Nov 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
Ever wonder what the perfect pop-culture storm looks like? Hurricane Ruth — as in Bader Ginsburg — was brewing among millennials, feminists and across social media platforms before it made landfall...
AJM exhibit puts Jane Haskell’s creativity in the spotlight
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
Jane Haskell was an artist, philanthropist and patron of the arts who worked in a variety of media to create paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures. Haskell (1923- 2013) is best known for ...
Yiddish theater helped prepare actress for Benedum
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
Who would have thought that performing in the Yiddish theater would prepare an actress for a national tour of a Tony Award-winning musical? Who knew the Yiddish theater was still a thing? Up until ...
New book delves into past, present and future of Chabad
by Joshua Runyan, Editor-in-Chief
Nov 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s been 12 years since Rabbi Eric Yoffie, then the president of the Union of Reform Judaism, pointed to the Chabad-Lubavitch movement as a source of inspiration for his own movement’s synagogues ...