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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 | 12 12 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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Mike’s Place, the real Israel, gets well-deserved attention
by Neil Gendler
Jul 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
At first glance, “Mike’s Place” appears to be a graphic novel — like a comic book for grown-ups — based around a real event, the suicide bombing of a popular beachfront bar in 2003. But in their ep...
Aging wisely takes practice: a guide for mindful living
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Death of a loved one, retirement or children simply aging and moving out prompt newfound acquisitions of time. With freedom from prior responsibilities comes myriad opportunities and often introspe...
Thanks to writer Etgar Keret, the ‘feuilleton’ is alive and well in Israel
by Alan Elsner, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Before writing his seminal book “Der Judenstaat,” the father of the modern Zionist movement, Theodore Herzl, was a writer of a literary form known as the “feuilleton.” These were short articles or ...
Pittsburgh native’s first novel became his first screenplay — and a film capturing Sundance awards
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
When you hear the words “teenager with a terminal illness,” it’s likely that the place your brain leaps to isn’t, “very funny.” Yet Jesse Andrews, author of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” has ma...
Book Review: Harmony, rhythm help move Philip Glass’ ‘Words’
by Suzanne Meyer
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
In New York in the 1960s it wasn’t unusual for struggling artists to do odd jobs to make a buck until the next big break. Author Fran Lebowitz drove a taxi and still owns her vintage checkered cab....
Pittsburgh-based composer proves opera can be ‘cool and hip’
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Douglas Levine began Bucknell University as a management major and switched to the music program after his freshman year. “You can imagine how traumatic that parents’ weekend was!” He never looked ...
Once war-torn, Vietnam now popular with Western tourists
by Ben G. Frank, Special to the Chronicle
Jun 03, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
Who would have dreamed that the war-ravaged Vietnam of the 1960s would become one of the most in-destinations for Western tourists? And that American and French Jews, as well as Israelis, would be ...
Agnieszka Kurant and the art of what’s missing
by Lucy Blatter, JTA
Jun 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — On June 5, Agnieszka Kurant will become one of only a handful of artists to have their work adorn the famous curved facade of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum here. Kurant’s “The End of ...
Retro Review: Humor is a teaching tool in revisiting ‘Up the Down Staircase’
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
“In homeroom … they went after me with all their ammunition:  whistling, shouting, drumming on desks, clacking inkwell lids, playing catch with the board eraser, sprawling in their seats to trip ea...
With this Bellow’s collection, there really is something to think about
by Neal Gendler
May 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Aptly named, Benjamin Taylor’s collection of nonfiction by Nobel-winning novelist Saul Bellow can seem like its title: 512 thought-provoking pages of Bellow on life, aspirations, disappointments, c...