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With ‘Jewish Journey,’ PBS traces 350 years of migrations
LOS ANGELES — “You survive, you honor us by living,” said Martin Greenfield, now a New York master tailor, recalling his father’s words after he was liberated from the Buchenwald concentration camp...
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jews receive a mixed welcome at ‘Downton Abbey’
Jewish characters have finally joined the impeccably attired throng at “Downton Abbey,” and it’s not an altogether happy day. While Lord and Lady Grantham welcome the new arrivals with exquisite ma...
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Revisiting the past in Cartagena, Colombia
Stop a random person on the streets of Pittsburgh for a little word-association game and Cartagena may invoke res-ponses along the lines of “drugs and crime” or perhaps the name of the mid-1980s fi...
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Soviet immigration fuels ‘engaging frolic’ through lives of imagination
In the charming novel, “A Replace-ment Life” by Boris Fishman, newly out in trade paperback, would-be writer Slava Gelman, stuck in a low- level, clerk-like job at a prestigious magazine, stumbles ...
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David Stock’s ‘Sixth Symphony’ to headline PSO’s 2013-14 season
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Oct 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 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 | 76 76 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 | 77 77 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...
Jewish snowboarder vies for spot on U.S. Olympics team
by Andrew Goldstein, Staff Writer
Aug 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
Seth Hill is one dreidel that doesn’t want to land on his side. The Jewish professional snowboarder from Jacksonville, Ore., says he often spins like a dreidel when he does a “1080” — three full ro...
Need some needling? There’s an app for that
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Aug 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
Feeling neglected, like maybe you’re not getting enough noodges from your Jewish mother? Turns out, there’s an app for that. In fact, Jewishly speaking, there are oodles of apps, including dozens —...
Writer Gideon Raff's work shaped by Jewish heritage, IDF service
by Robert Gluck, JNS.org
Aug 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
Israeli-born writer and director Gideon Raff knows the cost of war. That knowledge, as well as his Jewish background, helped him create two of television’s most compelling dramas. Raff’s “Prisoners...
‘Klara’s Journey’ captures drama of woman’s perilous trek
Jul 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
Part history lesson, part novel, “Klara’s Journey” by Ben Frank chronicles a young Jewish girl’s travels from her home in Odessa, Russia to Winnipeg, Manitoba in the midst of the Russian Civil War....
Leonard Nimoy, from Star Trek to Jewish-themed photography, has lived long and prospered
by Robert Gluck, JNS.org
Jul 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
Leonard Nimoy says there is a “strong strain of Judaism” in everything he does — including his famous on-screen hand gestures. Best known for his character Mr. Spock in the “Star Trek” television s...
CMU completes multiyear project to digitize Pittsburgh Jewish newspapers
by Andrew Goldstein, Staff Writer
Jul 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
Local Jewish newspapers have covered the Jewish community’s happenings for more than a century in Pittsburgh.  Held within the pages of these periodicals are the stories of families, businesses and...
Omri Casspi agrees to terms with Houston Rockets, his third NBA team
by JNS.org
Jul 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 118 118 recommendations | email to a friend
Omri Casspi, the first Israeli-born player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history, has agreed to terms on a two-year, $2 million contract with the Houston Rockets, who will be his third N...