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Rugelach roundtable: Does this beloved pastry need to be dairy to taste good?
Rugelach (singular: rugala) are a beloved traditional Jewish pastry, with a quirky history to boot, but they often present a kosher conundrum. Though pareve, rugelach are often a preferred dessert ...
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Can Yom Kippur atonement be accomplished in 140 characters or less?
Coming from a non-observant family of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union to Israel, a country where many people tend to lead secular lifestyles to begin with, I wasn’t raised in a parti...
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A hero disgraced: The story of archives saved, stolen and dispersed
Self-taught historian Szajko Frydman gained fame among scholars for his achievements in preserving history from Europe’s lost Jewish world, but his obsessive zeal and need for income led him to dis...
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Menzel hits all the right notes in rousing Benedum Center performance
Toward the beginning of Idina Menzel’s two-hour set at the Benedum Center on Aug. 25, the Tony Award-winning actress remarked, “I was green for a very long time.” The comment was a nod to Menzel’s ...
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American friends launch first kosher tour of Cuba
by Barbara Lewis, JNS.org
Oct 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 172 172 recommendations | email to a friend
It started with a mutual fascination with Cuba, especially its tiny Jewish community. Now two Jewish women, separated by a generation in age and more than 760 miles in physical location, have becom...
Brooklyn author’s first novel studies flawed relationships in literary scene
by Morton I. Teicher, For the Chronicle
Oct 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 158 158 recommendations | email to a friend
Last year, scholarly critic and journalist Evan Hughes wrote “Literary Brooklyn,” an excellent study of writers in Brooklyn, beginning with Walt Whitman and concluding with an account of Brooklyn t...
Jewish rapper on BDS movement
Oct 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 154 154 recommendations | email to a friend
Ari Lesser, a Jewish rapper, responds to the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement in his video. The video exposes the flaw in the BDS Movement by questioning why there is such a strong cal...
‘Jewtopia’ entertains and may even sow thought in wild Jewish comedy
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Oct 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 150 150 recommendations | email to a friend
“Jewtopia,” the story of two longtime friends — one Jewish, one not — moving in completely opposite directions when it comes to choosing a wife, may not exactly be utopia, but it sure is a hilariou...
David Stock’s ‘Sixth Symphony’ to headline PSO’s 2013-14 season
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Oct 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 150 150 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish influence on the third movement of David Stock’s “Sixth Symphony” comes as a surprise — even to the composer himself. While Jewish melodies have infused and inspired many of Stock’s comp...
Burton Morris art makes first museum exhibit in Pittsburgh
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Sep 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 150 150 recommendations | email to a friend
You may wonder why a regional history museum is hosting an art exhibition, but to pop artist Burton Morris, it makes perfect sense. Morris is from Pittsburgh, and the exhibit at The Senator John He...
Marc Epstein: ‘Our Town’ does have that shtetl feel
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Sep 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 151 151 recommendations | email to a friend
When Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” opens at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Thursday, Sept. 26, the actor playing the role of Mr. Webb just may look familiar. Maybe you recognize him from his role in...
Jewish snowboarder vies for spot on U.S. Olympics team
by Andrew Goldstein, Staff Writer
Aug 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 155 155 recommendations | email to a friend
Seth Hill is one dreidel that doesn’t want to land on his side. The Jewish professional snowboarder from Jacksonville, Ore., says he often spins like a dreidel when he does a “1080” — three full ro...
Need some needling? There’s an app for that
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Aug 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 153 153 recommendations | email to a friend
Feeling neglected, like maybe you’re not getting enough noodges from your Jewish mother? Turns out, there’s an app for that. In fact, Jewishly speaking, there are oodles of apps, including dozens —...
Writer Gideon Raff's work shaped by Jewish heritage, IDF service
by Robert Gluck, JNS.org
Aug 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 156 156 recommendations | email to a friend
Israeli-born writer and director Gideon Raff knows the cost of war. That knowledge, as well as his Jewish background, helped him create two of television’s most compelling dramas. Raff’s “Prisoners...