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Allen’s sidekick, Tony Roberts, on teetering on the edge of fame
NEW YORK — There’s a memorable scene in “Annie Hall” when Woody Allen’s character, Alvy Singer, rants about finding anti-Semites everywhere he goes. “You know, I was having lunch with some guys fro...
Jan 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Jewish TV show you should be watching: ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’
NEW YORK — If the ratings for CW’s newest show, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” are any indication, you probably aren’t watching it. If not, you’re missing out. Now that creator and star Rachel Bloom is a G...
Jan 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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For ex-baseball players, Israel is a place to learn, teach
Out of baseball after four years playing in the minor leagues, Brent Powers, a Christian from Texas, took a tour of Israel last year with his wife. He was smitten with the country and considered ho...
Jan 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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From HBO to Arthur Miller, what a ‘tough guy’ actor learned from his Jewish grandma
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...
Jan 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rugelach roundtable: Does this beloved pastry need to be dairy to taste good?
by Robert Gluck, JNS.org
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
Rugelach (singular: rugala) are a beloved traditional Jewish pastry, with a quirky history to boot, but they often present a kosher conundrum. Though pareve, rugelach are often a preferred dessert ...
Can Yom Kippur atonement be accomplished in 140 characters or less?
by Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Coming from a non-observant family of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union to Israel, a country where many people tend to lead secular lifestyles to begin with, I wasn’t raised in a parti...
A hero disgraced: The story of archives saved, stolen and dispersed
by Neal Gendler, Special to The Chronicle
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
Self-taught historian Szajko Frydman gained fame among scholars for his achievements in preserving history from Europe’s lost Jewish world, but his obsessive zeal and need for income led him to dis...
Menzel hits all the right notes in rousing Benedum Center performance
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Toward the beginning of Idina Menzel’s two-hour set at the Benedum Center on Aug. 25, the Tony Award-winning actress remarked, “I was green for a very long time.” The comment was a nod to Menzel’s ...
Retro Review Influence of 1950s permeates Olson’s short, but powerful collection
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
While the name Tillie Olsen may not be as familiar today as other Jewish authors from the 1950s, she nevertheless has made an indelible mark on the Jewish literary scene with her renowned short sto...
Simon Says: Creator of ‘The Wire’ talks about growing up in a house of storytellers
by Gayle Jo Carter
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Yonkers, N.Y., may be the setting of David Simon’s newest TV drama “Show Me A Hero” (premiering Aug. 16 on HBO), but the chronicler of the streets of Baltimore — “Homicide,” “The Corner,” “The Wire...
For French Jews, resort town of Deauville doubles as a safe haven
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
DEAUVILLE, France – This seaside community situated 125 miles west of Paris boasts windswept beaches, turquoise-water marinas, a grand casino, a race track and an Olympic-size swimming pool. Deauvi...
Book Review: North or South? How Robert E. Lee made his choice
by Rabbi Arnold Saltzman, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 30, 2015 | 2 2 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
With the United States experiencing racial turmoil, unrest and racially motivated attacks such as the attack in Charleston, S.C., one looks for answers to this nation’s most pernicious and perpetua...
Keeping Judaism alive in the beauty of the South Pacific
by Ben G. Frank, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
God truly must have formed Tahiti and French Polynesia and placed coral necklaces around them. They are too perfect: bright morning sunshine, calming breezes, turquoise lagoons, spectacular waterfa...
No ivory tower for Theodore Bikel: Remembering the actor, musician, activist
by David Holzel, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 30, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Theodore Bikel had an amazing career for the length and breadth of it, said Ted Pappas, the producing artistic director of the Pittsburgh Public Theater. The actor and musician, who died July 21 at...