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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...
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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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Rabbi Danny Schiff will visit for series of programs
Nov 05, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Danny Schiff, former community scholar at the Agency for Jewish Learning, will be returning to Pittsburgh for a series of programs, lectures and classes the week of Nov. 16. After making aliy...
PBS documentary captures anti-Semitism behind the Frank case
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Nov 02, 2009 | 3 3 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
Leo M. Frank may not be so well known among American Jews these days. His story is rarely taught in religious schools and rabbis barely acknowledge it from their pulpits on Shabbat. In a way, that’...
Project documents stories of Jewish refugees from Arab countries
by Sue Fishkoff
Oct 29, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
SAN FRANCISCO — Joseph Samuels, born Yosef Sasson in Baghdad, was 18 when he fled Iraq for the new state of Israel. It was 1949, and life was becoming increasingly difficult for Jews in Iraq, as it...
Smokers use Earth as ashtray
Oct 29, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear EarthTalk: Has anyone ever studied the environmental impact of discarded cigarettes? I’m constantly appalled at the number of drivers I see pitching their butts out their car windows. — Ned Jo...
Iranian Jew Parish Kohanim credits parents, nature for his attraction to beauty
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Oct 29, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
One of Parish Kohanim’s most cherished memories from his boyhood in Iran was sleeping outside “under the stars” during the summer. Those sleep-outs were necessitated by the lack of air conditioning...
Backstage at ‘Light’ rehearsal
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Oct 29, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor’s note: This is another in an ongoing series of stories about “Light” leading up to its opening on Nov. 12 at the Byham Theater.) Four men and four women stand in a line. One by one, they s...
Concordia completes $15M purchase of the Covenant
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Oct 29, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
Concordia Lutheran Ministries has finalized its $15 million acquisition of Covenant at South Hills, the B’nai B’rith-sponsored continuing care retirement community in Mt. Lebanon, and has changed t...
Attacks on J Street mount as national parley approaches
by Eric Fingerhut
Oct 22, 2009 | 1 1 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Days before the inaugural conference of the left-wing pro-Israel group J Street, critics’ attacks on the organization are having an effect. At least 10 members of Congress in recent da...
Human Rights Watch founder rebuked
by JTA
Oct 22, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
The founder of Human Rights Watch rebuked the organization for being overly critical of Israel. In an opinion piece published Tuesday in The New York Times, Robert Bernstein wrote that Human Rights...
JCC exhibits representative work of a forgotten Pittsburgh artist
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Oct 22, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
“Do not separate yourself from the community,” the great sage Hillel warned. Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, chief Ashkenazi rabbi of pre-state Israel, explained why: individuals are dynamic. The search ...