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Rugelach roundtable: Does this beloved pastry need to be dairy to taste good?
Rugelach (singular: rugala) are a beloved traditional Jewish pastry, with a quirky history to boot, but they often present a kosher conundrum. Though pareve, rugelach are often a preferred dessert ...
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Can Yom Kippur atonement be accomplished in 140 characters or less?
Coming from a non-observant family of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union to Israel, a country where many people tend to lead secular lifestyles to begin with, I wasn’t raised in a parti...
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A hero disgraced: The story of archives saved, stolen and dispersed
Self-taught historian Szajko Frydman gained fame among scholars for his achievements in preserving history from Europe’s lost Jewish world, but his obsessive zeal and need for income led him to dis...
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Retro Review Influence of 1950s permeates Olson’s short, but powerful collection
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Simon Says: Creator of ‘The Wire’ talks about growing up in a house of storytellers
by Gayle Jo Carter
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
For French Jews, resort town of Deauville doubles as a safe haven
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Book Review: North or South? How Robert E. Lee made his choice
by Rabbi Arnold Saltzman, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 30, 2015 | 2 2 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
With the United States experiencing racial turmoil, unrest and racially motivated attacks such as the attack in Charleston, S.C., one looks for answers to this nation’s most pernicious and perpetua...
Keeping Judaism alive in the beauty of the South Pacific
by Ben G. Frank, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
God truly must have formed Tahiti and French Polynesia and placed coral necklaces around them. They are too perfect: bright morning sunshine, calming breezes, turquoise lagoons, spectacular waterfa...
No ivory tower for Theodore Bikel: Remembering the actor, musician, activist
by David Holzel, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 30, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Theodore Bikel had an amazing career for the length and breadth of it, said Ted Pappas, the producing artistic director of the Pittsburgh Public Theater. The actor and musician, who died July 21 at...
Summer reads: Area book lovers are dipping into Westerns, biographies and stories by local authors
Jul 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Compiled by Geoffrey W. Melada Interim Editor >> David Ben-Gurion is one of the towering figures of the 20th century and I am abashed at how little I know about the man. Like many of us, I can read...
Love, murder, politics and diplomacy: Here’s what the staff of The Chronicle is reading this summer
Jul 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
“Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide” by Michael B. Oren Random House, 2015 377 pages — $30 For those who know me it will come as no surprise that the book that tops my reading list...
Touch of Pray: Celebrating Shabbat and the Grateful Dead
by Howard Blas, JTA
Jul 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
CHICAGO — What a long, strange trip it’s been for Shu Eliovson. The American-born resident of Kfar Maimon, a religious moshav in southern Israel, Eliovson is an ordained rabbi, though an unconventi...
‘Amy’ proffers dismal recap of Winehouse’s raw, abbreviated life
by Michael Fox, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 15, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Amy Winehouse, the brash little Jewish girl with the great big voice, died four years ago this month. There are any number of ways to mark that unhappy anniversary and draw inspiration from the Bri...