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Contemplating a world occupied by both the head and the heart
Yehoshua November is a graduate of Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh and of Taylor Allderdice High School, and so local readers should have special interest in his new book of poetry. But I think it is ...
Jan 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Midlife women’s group subject of Sofayov’s new book
“The Kiddush Ladies” is the latest novel from Pittsburgh-based author, Susan Sofayov, whose first novel, “Defective,” was published in 2014. Naomi, Becky and Miriam are childhood best friends who g...
Jan 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Six Israeli TV shows to binge-watch now
As the folks on the next season of “Game of Thrones” might say, “Winter is here.” That means it’s time to get under the covers and engage in the national pastime of binge-watching TV shows. Since N...
Jan 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lit gloss: Shiny new books that make great gifts for Chanukah
There are so many good books out right now, and coming out in the next few months, that it’s almost impossible to pick just a few — especially with so many fantastically talented Jewish authors. Th...
Dec 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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At Benedum, not your same ‘Cabaret’ this time around
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 234 234 recommendations | email to a friend
The seedy glamour of the Kit Kat Klub with its bawdy emcee in “Cabaret” provide an unsettling but fitting backdrop to the story of the hard-living entertainer Sally Bowles in Weimar Germany. But it...
Jewish framework gives mystery series its unique, enduring flavor - Retro Review
by By Hilary Daninhirsch Special to The Chronicle
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 228 228 recommendations | email to a friend
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Faye Kellerman’s introduction of beloved fictional characters Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, a homicide detective and an Orthodox Jewish teacher who fall in ...
Allen’s sidekick, Tony Roberts, on teetering on the edge of fame
by Lonnie Firestone, JTA
Jan 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 229 229 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — There’s a memorable scene in “Annie Hall” when Woody Allen’s character, Alvy Singer, rants about finding anti-Semites everywhere he goes. “You know, I was having lunch with some guys fro...
The Jewish TV show you should be watching: ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’
by Linda Buchwald, JTA
Jan 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 217 217 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — If the ratings for CW’s newest show, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” are any indication, you probably aren’t watching it. If not, you’re missing out. Now that creator and star Rachel Bloom is a G...
For ex-baseball players, Israel is a place to learn, teach
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Jan 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 224 224 recommendations | email to a friend
Out of baseball after four years playing in the minor leagues, Brent Powers, a Christian from Texas, took a tour of Israel last year with his wife. He was smitten with the country and considered ho...
From HBO to Arthur Miller, what a ‘tough guy’ actor learned from his Jewish grandma
by Lonnie Firestone, JTA
Jan 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 215 215 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — On a trip to London last year, actor Michael Zegen caught a revival performance of Arthur Miller’s 1955 drama, “A View from the Bridge.” about a Brooklyn longshoreman whose protective im...
‘As a Driven Leaf’ is a powerful look at politics, religion, philosophy in ancient times
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 263 263 recommendations | email to a friend
Questions of faith versus reason, religion versus paganism and strict adherence to ritual versus assimilation are all central themes in Milton Steinberg’s 1939 novel, “As a Driven Leaf.” It is curi...
A classic Yiddish operetta gets revived for a new generation
by Curt Schleier, JTA
Dec 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 255 255 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — “For a German Jew, Yiddish is beneath contempt,” musicologist Michael Ochs said. “German Jews tend to think of Yiddish as bad German. The only use we had in our family for it was to make...
The ‘Kate Middleton effect’ on synagogue fashion has its admirers
by Lucy Cohen Blatter, JTA
Dec 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 258 258 recommendations | email to a friend
The so-called “Kate Middleton effect” — by which anything the Duchess of Cambridge wears becomes an instant best-seller — seems to know no bounds. She has graced the covers of countless magazines; ...
Eight ways to celebrate Chanukah that don’t involve gifts
by Maayan Jaffe, JNS.org
Dec 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 227 227 recommendations | email to a friend
Despite Chanukah being one of the few Jewish holidays not mentioned in the Torah, it gets a lot of play — pun intended. Shmuel Arnold of Baltimore recalls that while growing up in a secular Jewish ...