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With ‘Jewish Journey,’ PBS traces 350 years of migrations
LOS ANGELES — “You survive, you honor us by living,” said Martin Greenfield, now a New York master tailor, recalling his father’s words after he was liberated from the Buchenwald concentration camp...
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jews receive a mixed welcome at ‘Downton Abbey’
Jewish characters have finally joined the impeccably attired throng at “Downton Abbey,” and it’s not an altogether happy day. While Lord and Lady Grantham welcome the new arrivals with exquisite ma...
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Revisiting the past in Cartagena, Colombia
Stop a random person on the streets of Pittsburgh for a little word-association game and Cartagena may invoke res-ponses along the lines of “drugs and crime” or perhaps the name of the mid-1980s fi...
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Soviet immigration fuels ‘engaging frolic’ through lives of imagination
In the charming novel, “A Replace-ment Life” by Boris Fishman, newly out in trade paperback, would-be writer Slava Gelman, stuck in a low- level, clerk-like job at a prestigious magazine, stumbles ...
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U.S. pledges to quash Goldstone report
by JTA
Sep 24, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will not allow the Goldstone report recommendations on Israel's conduct in the Gaza war to reach the International Criminal Court. A top White House official ...
Marty Allen returns to Allderdice for Hall of Fame induction
by Angela Leibowicz
Community Editor
Sep 23, 2009 | 1 1 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
Forget the G-20 – you won’t even get close. Check out the A-6 instead. Pittsburgh Allderdice, formerly known as Taylor Allderdice, will induct six honorees in its inaugural Hall of Fame ceremonies,...
Shulman reveals the soul of modern architecture
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Sep 23, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
Viewing the photographs of Julius Shulman calls to mind the term Martin Buber coined for the early tales of the Chasidic movement: “legendary reality.” Buber called these magical stories “legendary...
Many Jews choose to be jurists in the United States
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Sep 23, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
As the Jewish attorney stood in the courtroom arguing his case, he noted the time on his watch — 4 p.m. He had informed the judge that morning that he needed to be excused no later than 4 p.m. so h...
Dog, couple, terrorists intersect in hilarious read, 'Heroic Measures'
by Morton I. Teicher
For the Chronicle
Sep 23, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
A well-written novel, “Heroic Measures,” by Jill Ciment, effectively combines three plot elements: a real estate transaction, a sick dog and terrorism in New York. Alex and Ruth Cohen met while the...
Once America’s mother, now forgotten, Molly Goldberg shines in new film
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Sep 17, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
Gertrude Berg is one of the few Jews who succeeded in the entertainment industry by playing up her Jewishness. Born Tilly Edelstein on the Lower East Side in 1898, she changed her name to Gertrude ...
From raspberries to inspiring wails: learning to blow the shofar
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Sep 17, 2009 | 1 1 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
“So far, I’ve never had anyone who can’t blow a shofar,” Rabbi Alex Greenbaum, of Beth El Congregation in the South Hills, told members of the Men’s Club gathered in the weeks before Rosh Hashana t...
Kosher status of Hillel JUC stirs questions about Vaad certification
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Sep 17, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
Students at the Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh soon will be enjoying a brand new kitchen on campus where, while baking challa and preparing Shabbat meals, they will find that kashrut...
Prayer groups bring new worship experience to ’Burgh for High Holidays
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Sep 16, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
The latest group of worshippers to meet at the Labor Zionist House in Squirrel Hill have a priceless keepsake from a minyan that prayed there long ago — a Torah. An Orthodox minyan met decades earl...
Activists make plea for Darfur before G20
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Sep 14, 2009 | 2 2 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Most Jews active in Darfur cite parallels with the atrocities of the Holocaust, but Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition coordinator David Rosenberg sees another parallel: the doggedness required ...