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Leonard Cohen, whose Jewish-infused poetry and songs inspired generations, is dead at 82
Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter whose Jewish-infused work became a soundtrack for melancholy, has died. He was 82. “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwrite...
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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How a bat mitzvah helped inspire a ‘Good Girls Revolt’
Men were writers and women were researchers. That’s the way it was when Lynn Povich and 45 of her colleagues at Newsweek decided to take a stand. In 1970, the women banded together and became the f...
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Three Rivers debuts quintessential Pittsburgh story
“It’s a film by a Pittsburgher, about a Pittsburgher, partially shot in Pittsburgh,” Eddie Rosenstein says of his movie, “The Freedom to Marry,” which kicks off this year’s Three Rivers Film Festiv...
Nov 10, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laughing all the way from the shtetl to ‘Seinfeld’
There is no denying we are a pretty funny people. From Henny Youngman to Jerry Seinfeld to Sacha Baron Cohen, there seems to be something in our DNA that just keeps us laughing. Nationally recogniz...
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‘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 | 219 219 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 | 212 212 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 | 214 214 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 | 183 183 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 | 180 180 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 | 185 185 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 | 188 188 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 | 188 188 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 | 190 190 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 ...
Retro Review: In a simpler time, ‘All-of-a-Kind Family’ hits the mark on the Lower East Side immigrant story
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 180 180 recommendations | email to a friend
Prior to the 1950s, literature for and about Jewish children was sparse, if practically nonexistent.  That all changed with the publication of “All-of-a Kind Family” in 1951. The book was groundbre...