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Thanks to writer Etgar Keret, the ‘feuilleton’ is alive and well in Israel
Before writing his seminal book “Der Judenstaat,” the father of the modern Zionist movement, Theodore Herzl, was a writer of a literary form known as the “feuilleton.” These were short articles or ...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pittsburgh native’s first novel became his first screenplay — and a film capturing Sundance awards
When you hear the words “teenager with a terminal illness,” it’s likely that the place your brain leaps to isn’t, “very funny.” Yet Jesse Andrews, author of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” has ma...
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Book Review: Harmony, rhythm help move Philip Glass’ ‘Words’
In New York in the 1960s it wasn’t unusual for struggling artists to do odd jobs to make a buck until the next big break. Author Fran Lebowitz drove a taxi and still owns her vintage checkered cab....
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pittsburgh-based composer proves opera can be ‘cool and hip’
Douglas Levine began Bucknell University as a management major and switched to the music program after his freshman year. “You can imagine how traumatic that parents’ weekend was!” He never looked ...
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Divestment conference to be held at Pitt
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Oct 15, 2009 | 2 2 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
Pro-Palestinian activists are planning a three-day conference next week at the University of Pittsburgh to campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel. And while some Jewish lead...
Koerner’s post-war life reflected in Chatham exhibit
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Oct 15, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
For those who remember painter Henry Koerner, “Henry Koerner’s Pittsburgh,” now on display at Chatham University, may evoke feelings of bittersweet nostalgia for the friendly, upbeat artist who spe...
Dating after 65? ‘Senior Moments’ finds the laughs
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Oct 15, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
Sometimes, a woman has to kiss a lot of frogs before she meets her prince. But is all that metaphoric frog kissing still worth it after a certain age? In “Senior Moments,” a semi-autobiographical p...
State cuts EITC; Tax credit prorated this year, cut further next year
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Oct 15, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
The state budget recently approved by Gov. Ed Rendell cuts $15 million from a tax credit program used to help Pittsburgh students afford Jewish day schools and pre-K programs. The budget approved o...
Zakaria sees reasons for optimism in the Middle East
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Oct 15, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
Peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will come when the two sides realize they have more to gain from coexistence than from opposition, political commentator Fareed Zakaria told a crowd ...
Italian Jews launch new Jewish newspaper -- for non-Jews
by Ruth Ellen Gruber
Oct 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
ROME -- When Italy’s first national Jewish newspaper launches this month, Italy will get what few Jewish communities around the world offer: a Jewish newspaper geared toward non-Jews. Sponsored by ...
'Lebanon' latest film to explore Israel's Vietnam
by Dina Kraft
Oct 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV -- From the depths of an Israeli soldier turned middle-aged filmmaker's haunted memories, the new award-winning movie "Lebanon" consists mainly of scenes shot from inside a sweat- and anxi...
Jews of color come together to explore identity
by Sue Fishkoff
Oct 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend
PETALUMA, Calif. -- Dafna Wu, a 48-year-old San Francisco nurse, resembles her Chinese father more than her Jewish mother. She’s been Jewish her whole life, but she’s used to walking into synagogue...
J street parley attracting big names, but will Israel's ambassador attend?
by Ron Kampeas
Oct 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON – J Street has lined up plenty of high-profile speakers for its first major conference. But the new and controversial self-described "pro-Israel, pro-peace" lobby is looking to add one m...
New center honors the life and art of Irma Freeman
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Oct 12, 2009 | 1 1 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
Irma Freeman had appropriate initials. For a woman who used art to improve her outlook on life, the letters IF signify hope and redemption. Those initials appear on the intricate mosaic façade of t...