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‘Pepper, Silk & Ivory’ provides remarkable missing page of Jewish history
The history and culture of European Jewry is widely known, but many people are unfamiliar with the Jews of Asia and the contributions that Jews made in Asian countries. For example, small pockets o...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish women persevere behind the camera
Surpassing $3 million in box office receipts, writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s feature debut “Obvious Child” was one of the surprise indie hits of last year. Not bad for a low-budget movie abo...
Jan 15, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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I.B. Singer’s sister a literary power in her own right
The English-speaking world for many years was deprived of the writings of Esther Singer Kreitman, who was forced into the shadows of invisibility based primarily on her gender. In fact, Kreitman wa...
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Herzl’s Vision’ opened Zionists’ eyes to the reality of a Jewish state
It’s common knowledge that the trial of French Capt. Alfred Dreyfus led Viennese journalist Theodor Herzl to propose the idea of a Jewish nation. It’s also wrong, says Shlomo Avineri. In “Herzl’s V...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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CMU Klezmer Band plays old world music for new world audiences
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Jan 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
The band kicked off its rendition of “Oy Tate,” a quick-tempo melody, just old world just oozing from its clarinets, saxophones, cello and piano. But this was no shtetl, rather a 2011 session at th...
The secular new year forces us to look forward, and tradition requires we make resolutions to be a better parent, and a better person.
by Marjorie Ingall
Dec 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
I prefer the Jewish new year, a time to look inward rather than outward and think about the cyclical nature of ritual, to the secular one, with its don’t-look-back determination. On Rosh Hashanah, ...
Why Jews eat Chinese on December 25, and how a hip Brooklyn deli is modernizing that tradition
by Marc Tracy
Dec 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Mile End [1] opened in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, at the beginning of 2008, a deli specializing in Montreal Jewish cuisine: smoked meat instead of pastrami; poutine instead of cheese fries; those flat,...
An Israeli reality TV show sends hopeful Mizrahi pop stars to California to chase the American Dream
by Dana Kessler
Dec 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
The premise of Israel’s wildly popular reality TV show Chai be La La Land [1] (“Living in La La Land”) is simple. Six Israeli musicians spend a month living together at 13918 Chandler Blvd, Sherman...
Beth El community fills in letters to start holy scroll
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Dec 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
As Dr. Jay Feuer touched the tip of the quill pen, watching intently as Rabbi Levi Selwyn filled in the Hebrew letter aleph in the word bereshit, he didn’t feel nervous. Pretty impressive, consider...
The 20th JFilm Festival will run in April.
Dec 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum has announced the 20th JFilm Festival, which will run from April 11 to 21, 2013, will be held at the Manor Theater and other venues in and around the city. T...
The Jewish side of The Three Stooges
by Robert Gluck/JNS.org
Dec 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
To the average fan, The Three Stooges’ shenanigans may obscure how their Jewish backgrounds shaped their lives and work. But not for Gary Lassin — president of The Three Stooges Fan Club, editor of...
Interfaith families mark both holidays, even when kids are raised Jewish
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Dec 05, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
Brenda Wolper is a dedicated Jewish mother. She works as a preschool teacher at Temple David in Monroeville, helps run the congregation’s youth group and sits on its school board. She and her husba...
StandFour - Eight Nights - Hanukkah Mashup
Nov 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
Four of the Maccabeats sing new Hanukkah pop song parody medley. Watch the Video
What kosher wines are hot for this year’s Chanuka?
Nov 29, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Chanuka isn’t just for kids. Adults enjoy this festival of lights and freedom as well. One way they appreciate it is through fine kosher wines. For some time, kosher wines have been shedding the im...