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Keeping Judaism alive in the beauty of the South Pacific
God truly must have formed Tahiti and French Polynesia and placed coral necklaces around them. They are too perfect: bright morning sunshine, calming breezes, turquoise lagoons, spectacular waterfa...
Jul 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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No ivory tower for Theodore Bikel: Remembering the actor, musician, activist
Theodore Bikel had an amazing career for the length and breadth of it, said Ted Pappas, the producing artistic director of the Pittsburgh Public Theater. The actor and musician, who died July 21 at...
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Summer reads: Area book lovers are dipping into Westerns, biographies and stories by local authors
Compiled by Geoffrey W. Melada Interim Editor >> David Ben-Gurion is one of the towering figures of the 20th century and I am abashed at how little I know about the man. Like many of us, I can read...
Jul 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Love, murder, politics and diplomacy: Here’s what the staff of The Chronicle is reading this summer
“Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide” by Michael B. Oren Random House, 2015 377 pages — $30 For those who know me it will come as no surprise that the book that tops my reading list...
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In first, expat author Ruby Namdar wins Israel’s leading literary prize
by Beth Kissileff, JTA
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 161 161 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel’s biggest literary prize, the Sapir Prize, has the drama and mystery of a lottery. The identity of the judges remains secret until shortly before the ceremony, when they meet for an early di...
Ariel Kleiman back at Sundance with feature debut, a dark drama
by Anthony Weiss, JTA
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 160 160 recommendations | email to a friend
PARK CITY, Utah — Sporting a droopy mustache and a sheepish smile, and dressed auteur-casual in a cloth jacket, rolled-up pants and work boots, nothing about filmmaker Ariel Kleiman’s appearance su...
Book Review: South African experience provides emotional backdrop to this Jewish experience
by Neal Gendler
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 161 161 recommendations | email to a friend
Roger Cohen’s tribute to his mother is an interesting story of displacement and its damage to family history and traditions and sometimes to one’s mental health. “The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts...
War of words takes Jewish theater world by storm
by Suzanne Pollak
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 257 257 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — A growing chorus of arts professionals are speaking out on behalf of Ari Roth, the celebrated artistic director of Washington, D.C.’s Theater J who was fired last month by his employer...
‘Pepper, Silk & Ivory’ provides remarkable missing page of Jewish history
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 254 254 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Jewish women persevere behind the camera
by Michael Fox
Jan 15, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 238 238 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
I.B. Singer’s sister a literary power in her own right
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 242 242 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
‘Herzl’s Vision’ opened Zionists’ eyes to the reality of a Jewish state
by Neal Gendler
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 246 246 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
The power of ‘Night’ continues its haunting grip
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 244 244 recommendations | email to a friend
How one of the most definitive Holocaust memoirs of our time escaped my attention is perplexing, but it was with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation that I sat down on a chilly November after...
Ben-Gurion: ‘History’s gift to the Jewish people’
by Neal Gendler
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 244 244 recommendations | email to a friend
“David Ben-Gurion’s greatest years were between 1942 and 1953,” said Anita Shapira, author of the latest in Yale’s “Jewish Lives” series of short biographies. “It seems that his whole life was but ...