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For Iranian-born actors, Israel’s first Farsi movie carries echo of lost home
AYANOT, Israel — An Iranian-Israeli director and a group of Iranian-born actors are making a movie in Farsi, the language of Iran. “Baba Joon,” a story of familial conflict between three generation...
Jul 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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From dance tunes to stories, Simply Tsfat rocks Pittsburgh with a joy for Jewish life
The Baal Shem Tov, founder of Chasidism, explained niggunim as “songs that transcend syllables and sound.” On Sunday night, June 29, that soulful nature was on display, as Simply Tsaf, a group of t...
Jul 14, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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In eye of Nazi storm, Dutch Jews found unlikely refuge
MAASTRICHT, Netherlands — In her nightmares, Tilly Walvis pictured German soldiers storming the house where she was hiding and deporting her children and the Christian couple sheltering them. Walvi...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Retro Review
Edward Lewis Wallant charted new waters with ‘The Pawnbroker’
May 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nelson: Kosher Gospel is ‘taking hallelujah back’
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
May 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
Joshua Nelson remembers being served collard greens at his family’s seder table. It’s a far cry from the typical parsley and celery, but probably emblematic of Nelson’s culturally melded upbringing...
Carol Leifer finds humor in a loaf of rye, and other life moments
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
May 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
When stand-up comic and television writer Carol Leifer came out as a lesbian to her Long Island Jewish parents, she was already in her 40s, and had been married and divorced from a man. But she was...
Packed house (of prayer)
May 24, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
A capacity audience looks on as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh perform Wednesday, May 16, in the main sanctuary of Rodef Shalom Congregation. The performa...
Jewish Pittsburgh artists attracting international attention
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
May 22, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
There is some pretty great art coming out of Jewish Pittsburgh these days. And the world is beginning to take notice. While the canvases of mixed-medium artist Zivi Aviraz are being exhibited at pr...
2012 Jewish Music Festival opens with Krakauer, ‘Arye’
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
May 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
This year’s Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival will reach beyond its traditional emphasis on Yiddish and Eastern European musical roots, expanding its scope to include the exploration of multicultura...
Jewish teens volunteer in International Day of Giving
by By Ilana Yergin
Chronicle Correspondent
Apr 28, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
Around 250 teens came together from all across Pittsburgh to participate in J-Serve, an international day of Jewish youth service. “The idea is to foster this connection for teens to the community ...
Five short-subject pictures compete at Robinson film gala
Apr 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
JFilm will present five short-subject films next week at the Robinson Short Film Competition Gala Awards Evening, Tuesday, May 1, 7:30 p.m. at SouthSide Works Cinema. This year, the competing films...
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to perform in Israel this summer
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Apr 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
The last time the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre toured overseas was in 1994, when it performed the full-length ballet “Romeo and Juliet” in Taiwan. Now, 18 years later, the PBT is preparing to again tr...
JTOP returns to Pittsburgh theater scene
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Apr 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
The curtain is set to rise again for the Jewish Theater of Pittsburgh, this time in a different venue. Tito Braunstein, the founder of JTOP, is gearing up for the June 2012 re-launch of the profess...
'Boycott Israel,' the movie — starring Emma Thompson
by Ben Cohen
JointMedia News Service
Apr 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
If Hollywood ever makes a movie about the movement to boycott Israel, I can think of no one better suited to the starring role than Emma Thompson. I imagine Thompson’s character as a schoolteacher ...