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Menzel hits all the right notes in rousing Benedum Center performance
Toward the beginning of Idina Menzel’s two-hour set at the Benedum Center on Aug. 25, the Tony Award-winning actress remarked, “I was green for a very long time.” The comment was a nod to Menzel’s ...
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Retro Review Influence of 1950s permeates Olson’s short, but powerful collection
While the name Tillie Olsen may not be as familiar today as other Jewish authors from the 1950s, she nevertheless has made an indelible mark on the Jewish literary scene with her renowned short sto...
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Simon Says: Creator of ‘The Wire’ talks about growing up in a house of storytellers
Yonkers, N.Y., may be the setting of David Simon’s newest TV drama “Show Me A Hero” (premiering Aug. 16 on HBO), but the chronicler of the streets of Baltimore — “Homicide,” “The Corner,” “The Wire...
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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For French Jews, resort town of Deauville doubles as a safe haven
DEAUVILLE, France – This seaside community situated 125 miles west of Paris boasts windswept beaches, turquoise-water marinas, a grand casino, a race track and an Olympic-size swimming pool. Deauvi...
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Shoah Survival Suffuses Rogers Assistant’s Mission
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Apr 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 200 200 recommendations | email to a friend
There exists a direct link between the messages of Fred Rogers and moving through traumatic adversity such as the Holocaust. Hedda Bluestone Sharapan spent 45 years working side by side with “Miste...
Five-part ‘Story of the Jews’ premieres on PBS
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Mar 19, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 193 193 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s impossible to tell the story of the Jews in five hours, but Simon Schama comes pretty close. Schama, a British historian, documentarian and contributing editor to the Financial Times, is the h...
From Homeland to PSO, Judaism infuses star’s performances
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Mar 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 191 191 recommendations | email to a friend
Mandy Patinkin, the actor, has been celebrated for decades for roles ranging from the revenge-seeking swashbuckler Inigo Montoya in the iconic film “The Princess Bride,” to his Emmy-winning portray...
‘Cupcakes’ a sweet opening to this year’s JFilm Festival
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Mar 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 187 187 recommendations | email to a friend
This year’s JFilm festival will open with a good laugh instead of a dark drama. “Cupcakes,” an Israeli comedy, which garnered positive reviews from the Jerusalem Post, will be the opening night mov...
Jewish life thrives in this tiny Central American republic
by Simone Shapiro, For the Chronicle
Mar 02, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 169 169 recommendations | email to a friend
Shabbat in Pittsburgh: Do you look out the window thinking, “Nineteen degrees, the streets are full of ice and snow, the roads are slushy and slippery, and with the wind chill it’s 8 degrees. Do I ...
‘Tale of Two Avrahams’ gives historical spin to mystery genre
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Feb 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 198 198 recommendations | email to a friend
“A Tale of Two Avrahams,” by Avraham Avi-hai, is the story (actually, stories) of two men running for their lives — 500 years apart. And by accident of fate, one Avraham becomes the custodian of th...
Rescuing Chagall’s paintings, abandoning Chagall
by Rafael Medoff/JNS.org
Feb 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 190 190 recommendations | email to a friend
The new George Clooney film, “The Monuments Men,” tells the thrilling story of U.S. military personnel who during World War II risked their lives to rescue paintings by the likes of Rembrandt, Pica...
Braunstein’s Me2/Orchestra plays right notes with inclusive message
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Feb 04, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 191 191 recommendations | email to a friend
At age 58, Gigi Weisman, a violinist and children’s entertainer, thought that her days playing in an orchestra were behind her. Weisman, who began playing violin as a child, has always loved making...
‘Fanny Herself’ story of strong a woman who bucks times
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 185 185 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor’s note: The Chronicle is pleased to bring back Hilary Daninhirsch’s popular series, “Retro Reviews.” Throughout 2014, Daninhirsch will review Jewish-themed books by noted authors in literar...




Jewish playwright, black director collaborate in PPTC festival
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Dec 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 195 195 recommendations | email to a friend
While the last candles of Hanukkah were kindled last week, a play inspired by their light will continue its run through Dec. 17 as part of the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company’s Festival in B...