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Oy Vey! Mother-daughter relationship prevails in Jewish-Latina comedy
Estella Fish is Puerto Rican, and she clasps a rosary while fretting about her directionless youngest daughter, Alexis. Yet, she sounds like a typical Jewish mother concerned about an underachievin...
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Great promise but not-so-bright future is Israel’s fate in this thoughtful examination
Is Israel good for the Jews? No, not if you prefer discrimination, exclusion, expulsion, persecution, pogroms and murder in the millions. Ask a stupid question. Of course Israel is good for the Jew...
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nazi spy? Not hardly: The Jewish dressmaker FDR turned away
WASHINGTON — Was the Jewish “lady tailor” who ran a Prague dressmaking shop a potential Nazi spy? The Roosevelt administration apparently thought so. The Jewish Museum Milwaukee recently opened a r...
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Helping Hollywood get Chasidim right
NEW YORK — When it comes to Chasidic characters in movies, film consultant Elli Meyer believes that the real deal trumps a random actor in costume. But that approach isn’t without its challenges. M...
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Balka exhibit reflects Jewish life in 19th-, 20th-century America
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
The latest exhibit at the American Jewish Museum of Pittsburgh is a chronicle on canvas of the trials of Jews in the 19th- and 20th- century America compiled by a single art collector. The new Anna...
Jewish Pittsburgh native rigs cameras for groundbreaking film
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Jan 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
For three years, Adam LeWinter went to work in some of the coldest places on earth. He did it for the adventure. He did it for the challenge. And he did it to send a chilling message to the world: ...
Is Superman Jewish? Read this book and find out
by Neal Gendler, For the Chronicle
Jan 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
Is Superman Jewish? Yes, very much so, at least in his early years, but in his character, not his personality. The later Spider-Man, conversely, is Jewish in personality but not in character. Who k...
CMU Klezmer Band plays old world music for new world audiences
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Jan 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
The band kicked off its rendition of “Oy Tate,” a quick-tempo melody, just old world just oozing from its clarinets, saxophones, cello and piano. But this was no shtetl, rather a 2011 session at th...
The secular new year forces us to look forward, and tradition requires we make resolutions to be a better parent, and a better person.
by Marjorie Ingall
Dec 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
I prefer the Jewish new year, a time to look inward rather than outward and think about the cyclical nature of ritual, to the secular one, with its don’t-look-back determination. On Rosh Hashanah, ...
Why Jews eat Chinese on December 25, and how a hip Brooklyn deli is modernizing that tradition
by Marc Tracy
Dec 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
Mile End [1] opened in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, at the beginning of 2008, a deli specializing in Montreal Jewish cuisine: smoked meat instead of pastrami; poutine instead of cheese fries; those flat,...
An Israeli reality TV show sends hopeful Mizrahi pop stars to California to chase the American Dream
by Dana Kessler
Dec 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
The premise of Israel’s wildly popular reality TV show Chai be La La Land [1] (“Living in La La Land”) is simple. Six Israeli musicians spend a month living together at 13918 Chandler Blvd, Sherman...
Beth El community fills in letters to start holy scroll
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Dec 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
As Dr. Jay Feuer touched the tip of the quill pen, watching intently as Rabbi Levi Selwyn filled in the Hebrew letter aleph in the word bereshit, he didn’t feel nervous. Pretty impressive, consider...
The 20th JFilm Festival will run in April.
Dec 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum has announced the 20th JFilm Festival, which will run from April 11 to 21, 2013, will be held at the Manor Theater and other venues in and around the city. T...
The Jewish side of The Three Stooges
by Robert Gluck/JNS.org
Dec 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
To the average fan, The Three Stooges’ shenanigans may obscure how their Jewish backgrounds shaped their lives and work. But not for Gary Lassin — president of The Three Stooges Fan Club, editor of...