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Writer Calvin Trillin dishes about civil rights, Judaism and the art of reporting
Writer Calvin Trillin may be most famous today for his humorous musings on food, family, travel and love. But before he won the Thurber Prize for Humor in 2013, before “Uncivil Liberties,” his humo...
Jul 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Options abound when cooking with red orbs of goodness
I love the scent of ripe tomatoes warmed by the sun. At their peak during the summer months, tomatoes taste better than they do all year. These juicy jewels star in all kinds of salads — from side ...
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Iran, the Holocaust, ‘Septembers of Shiraz’ — and me
“Septembers of Shiraz” is a film about a prosperous Jewish family in Iran caught up in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution that overthrew the shah. It’s based on Dalia Sofer’s well-received 2007 n...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Author’s first novel tackles the clouds, despair of bipolar II disorder
Susan Sofayov said that her debut novel “Defective,” published by Black Opal Books in 2014, was “the first thing I wrote in my life other than a grant proposal.” Sofayov, a Mt. Lebanon resident, wh...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local klezmer band makes beautiful music
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Apr 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The music of Eastern Watershed Quartet’s latest CD, “The Klez Dispenser,” will tug at the heartstrings of the most discerning klezmer listener. The just-released 14-song package is klezmer in its m...
Anonymous gift gives WVU Hillel major facelift
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Apr 22, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Thanks to a $100,000 anonymous gift, the West Virginia University Hillel is nearing completion of a massive renovation project at its University Avenue house. The project, which began Dec. 15, is d...
Palestinian village and Israeli town build rare partnership across line
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Apr 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
WADI FUKIN, West Bank -- Mohammed Mansara, a 70-year-old farmer who goes by the name Abu Mazen, indicates with a sweep of his arm the fruit trees and vegetables he grows on his small plot of land i...
Orthodox rabbinical parley to address women's leadership
by Ben Harris
JTA
Apr 20, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- With a high-profile discussion scheduled on women's leadership and two proposed rules aimed at marginalizing rabbis who deviate leftward on hot-button issues, an upcoming Orthodox rabbi...
Clinton Independence Day message reaffirms Israel-U.S. bonds
by JTA
Apr 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reaffirmed the strong relationship between the United States and Israel in a video message for Israel's Independence Day. "Congratulation...
Student group attacks leftists in revised Yizkor
by JTA
Apr 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- An Israeli student group distributed a Yizkor memorial prayer with an additional passage that attacks leftists and conscientious objectors. Im Tirtzu, a right-wing grass-roots group th...
‘Girl on the Train’ has flash, but film falls flat
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Character studies on film hedge heavily on one factor: our ability to relate to the character on-screen. If we can’t make the connection, whatever strife or happiness the character faces will fall ...
In his own words
by Angela Leibowicz
Communiuty Editor
Apr 16, 2010 | 2 2 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Baruch Poupko’s legacy goes beyond Pittsburgh, and the breadth of his work forever changed the lives of many Jews. Poupko, who served as rabbi and then senior rabbi at Shaare Torah Congregati...
Kyrgyz shul attacked amid upheaval
by Anna Rudnitskaya & Uriel Heilman
JTA
Apr 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
MOSCOW – As the capital of Kyrgyzstan erupted in violence last week, members of the Central Asian nation’s small Jewish community held their breath and sat tight. The ORT school in the capital, Bis...
Squirrel Hill Litter Patrol to hold fourth annual spring cleanup
by Chronicle
Apr 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Squirrel Hill Litter Patrol will hold its fourth annual spring cleanup Sunday, April 25, 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at the corner of Forbes and Murray avenues by the Carnegie Library Squi...