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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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In Salt Lake City, a Reuben worshipper builds his temple
SALT LAKE CITY — Going back to his very first bite of a Reuben more than 50 years ago, Randy Harmsen has always loved deli food. So when he decided to open his own restaurant, the Salt Lake City na...
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Retro Review: ‘Wandering Star’ continues to be a Yiddish gem not to be missed
Sholem Aleichem was the nom de plume of Solomon Rabinovich, who wrote the classic short stories about “Tevye the Dairyman” that became the foundation for “Fiddler on the Roof.” True to his comedic ...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 ...
JF&CS pilot program offers seniors a way to maintain healthy brains
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Sep 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Studies show that if senior citizens work their brains, their brains work better and longer. So for six weeks this summer, a small group of seniors between the ages of 65 and 85 met twice a week to...
Documentary offers a moving account of elderly woman who saved Jews
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Sep 11, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Six thousand Jews lived in the Polish village of Sokal before the start of World War II. When the fighting stopped six years later, only 30 were left alive. Half of those survivors and their 120 de...
Netanyahu secretly visited Moscow
by JTA
Sep 11, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a secret visit to Russia, Israeli dailies reported. Yediot Achronot reported Wednesday that Netanyahu had traveled to Russia on a leased private ...
Shalit writes of 'intolerable nightmare' in letter made public
by JTA
Sep 11, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit wrote in a letter shortly after he was abducted into Gaza of "waiting for this intolerable nightmare of mine to end." The Shalit family allowed Israeli med...