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Diversity takes a starring role at JFilm festival
JFilm will open its 22nd annual festival on April 16 with the Pittsburgh premiere of “The Last Mentsch,” a whimsical film about a Holocaust survivor coming to terms with his past, and will continue...
Apr 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ayelet Tsabari’s award-winning stories reflect Yemenite background, global outlook
Ayelet Tsabari acted as a child and teen, appearing in Habima’s youth performances in Israel, a commercial and some student films. Although Tsabari no longer acts, the author of the award-winning “...
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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The story of Jewish terrorism in its ‘war of national liberation’
After reading Bruce Hoffman’s history of how Jewish terrorism drove Britain from its Palestine Mandate, it’s interesting to consider whether freer Jewish immigration might have prevented or lessene...
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Some of Lincoln’s best friends were Jews
A whopping 16,000 books have been written about President Abraham Lincoln. But a new book and an exhibit at the New York Historical Society tell a previously untold story about Lincoln: his relatio...
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hagit Yaso owes singing career to desert trek her parents made
by Jesse Irwin, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 123 123 recommendations | email to a friend
Stuck in Ethiopia, Hagit Yaso’s parents were determined to give their children the opportunity to do something great, even if it meant walking in the desert for four months. So that’s exactly what ...
Evan is a farmer-turned-philosopher looking for the right mate
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Nov 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 122 122 recommendations | email to a friend
I’m pretty sure that Evan is the only Jew I have ever met who actually grew up on a farm. In Ligonier. Really. “It’s not exactly an incredibly Jewish thing to do,” he acknowledges. But somehow, thi...
Dershowitz, from law to Israel to new memoir, continues to fight for underdogs
by Matt Robinson, JNS.org
Oct 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 120 120 recommendations | email to a friend
Claus von Bülow, Mike Tyson, O.J. Simpson, and a number of lesser-known names, from the indigent to the infamous, have been Alan Dershowitz’s clients. Some may have been unpopular, but the noted at...
American friends launch first kosher tour of Cuba
by Barbara Lewis, JNS.org
Oct 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 125 125 recommendations | email to a friend
It started with a mutual fascination with Cuba, especially its tiny Jewish community. Now two Jewish women, separated by a generation in age and more than 760 miles in physical location, have becom...
Brooklyn author’s first novel studies flawed relationships in literary scene
by Morton I. Teicher, For the Chronicle
Oct 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 111 111 recommendations | email to a friend
Last year, scholarly critic and journalist Evan Hughes wrote “Literary Brooklyn,” an excellent study of writers in Brooklyn, beginning with Walt Whitman and concluding with an account of Brooklyn t...
Jewish rapper on BDS movement
Oct 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend
Ari Lesser, a Jewish rapper, responds to the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement in his video. The video exposes the flaw in the BDS Movement by questioning why there is such a strong cal...
‘Jewtopia’ entertains and may even sow thought in wild Jewish comedy
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Oct 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 102 102 recommendations | email to a friend
“Jewtopia,” the story of two longtime friends — one Jewish, one not — moving in completely opposite directions when it comes to choosing a wife, may not exactly be utopia, but it sure is a hilariou...
David Stock’s ‘Sixth Symphony’ to headline PSO’s 2013-14 season
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Oct 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 103 103 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish influence on the third movement of David Stock’s “Sixth Symphony” comes as a surprise — even to the composer himself. While Jewish melodies have infused and inspired many of Stock’s comp...
Burton Morris art makes first museum exhibit in Pittsburgh
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Sep 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 104 104 recommendations | email to a friend
You may wonder why a regional history museum is hosting an art exhibition, but to pop artist Burton Morris, it makes perfect sense. Morris is from Pittsburgh, and the exhibit at The Senator John He...
Marc Epstein: ‘Our Town’ does have that shtetl feel
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Sep 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend
When Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” opens at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Thursday, Sept. 26, the actor playing the role of Mr. Webb just may look familiar. Maybe you recognize him from his role in...