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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...
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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...
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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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‘Other Desert Cities’ shines wisecracking light on assimilation
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jun 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 163 163 recommendations | email to a friend
Polly Wyeth, the WASP-ish matriarch in “Other Desert Cities,” opening at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Thursday, May 30, does not approve of her sister Silda’s fake Pucci blouse — a real bargain f...
First woman Hebrew novelist Sara Foner bucked the times
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
May 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 151 151 recommendations | email to a friend
Sarah Feiga Foner is not exactly a household name, but the late 19th-century novelist, who lived in Pittsburgh for the last 28 years of her life, holds an important distinction: she was the first w...
Kollel to showcase musicians at May 20 benefit concert
May 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 116 116 recommendations | email to a friend
Kollel Jewish Learning Center will feature two well-known local musicians in a benefit concert it is hosting, the “Night of Music,” Monday, May 20, 7:30 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center in Squi...
Susie Fishbein makes cooking demo in Fox Chapel home
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
May 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
Since too many cooks may very well spoil the broth, the 60 women who gathered at Cindy Gerber’s palatial Fox Chapel home on May 1 were content to watch Susie Fishbein do all the cooking herself. An...
Single Files: Cheryl loves to have a good time, but don’t get the wrong idea
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
May 08, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 102 102 recommendations | email to a friend
Here is how I would like to start this column: “For a good time, call Cheryl.” But I wouldn’t want to give the wrong impression. Let’s try this: “Cheryl is an absolute pleasure to be around. And sh...
Rodef Shalom, Tree of Life-Or L’Simcha capture Synagogue League titles
by Jesse Irwin, Chronicle Correspondent
May 02, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 103 103 recommendations | email to a friend
In what were six spectacular displays of basketball, the Synagogue Basketball Leagues of the Jewish Community Center crowned their champions and concluded the 2013 season. Rodef Shalom took the Hig...
Pittsburgh writer living in Crown Heights discovers community
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Apr 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend
Writer Rebecca Dana clearly holds a special place for Pittsburgh in her heart, albeit colored by a good dose of Jewish guilt. “It’s so fun to see the 412 area code!” the 30-year-old now-Manhattanit...
Multimedia production of ‘Dybbuk’ to premiere here
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Apr 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 102 102 recommendations | email to a friend
The 10th annual Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival will be unlike any previous season. The venue has changed to the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side. Also, instead of a series of programs, there...
Another Tattler prediction come true: AMC’s 1960s New York drama series returns—full of ascendant Jews
by Rachel Shukert, Tablet
Apr 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
O ye of little faith. I told you. Didn’t I tell you, in my last piece about Mad Men [1] , on these very pages, that things were about to get very, very Jewish all up in Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce...
‘Return of Violin’ builds to impressive ending in week one of JFilm Festival
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Apr 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 101 101 recommendations | email to a friend
No movie director could make up a story like this. A little Jewish boy from Czestochowa, Poland, plays the violin with such virtuosity that a nobleman makes him a gift of a priceless Stradivarius, ...