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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 | 32 32 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 | 17 17 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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Single Files: David has head for business, mind for comedy, heart for poetry
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jun 20, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 125 125 recommendations | email to a friend
David may be the quintessential Renaissance Man. The 22-year-old Pittsburgh neophyte, who moved here 10 months ago from Scarsdale, N.Y., has the head of a businessman, and the heart of a poet. He w...
‘Tent of Protection’ tells stories of courage through quilting
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Jun 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
When one starts to read “Tent of Protection” by Louise Silk, it’s not altogether clear whether she’s writing a novella or a collection of short stories. As it turns out, Silk, a Pittsburgh quilt ma...
Jewish camps offer special needs programs, study finds
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jun 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish camps are offering more options to families with special needs children, a recent study has determined. That study, commissioned by the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), showed that about on...





Tzohar Seminary showcases students’ talents in the performing arts
by Susan Jacobs Jablow, For the Chronicle
Jun 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
One of the foundational tenets of Judaism is that G-d is the Creator. On a smaller scale, artists are also creators. The year-end presentation from Tzohar Seminary, titled “Creation,” showcased stu...
‘Other Desert Cities’ shines wisecracking light on assimilation
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jun 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 106 106 recommendations | email to a friend
Polly Wyeth, the WASP-ish matriarch in “Other Desert Cities,” opening at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Thursday, May 30, does not approve of her sister Silda’s fake Pucci blouse — a real bargain f...
First woman Hebrew novelist Sara Foner bucked the times
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
May 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
Sarah Feiga Foner is not exactly a household name, but the late 19th-century novelist, who lived in Pittsburgh for the last 28 years of her life, holds an important distinction: she was the first w...
Kollel to showcase musicians at May 20 benefit concert
May 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
Kollel Jewish Learning Center will feature two well-known local musicians in a benefit concert it is hosting, the “Night of Music,” Monday, May 20, 7:30 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center in Squi...
Susie Fishbein makes cooking demo in Fox Chapel home
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
May 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
Since too many cooks may very well spoil the broth, the 60 women who gathered at Cindy Gerber’s palatial Fox Chapel home on May 1 were content to watch Susie Fishbein do all the cooking herself. An...
Single Files: Cheryl loves to have a good time, but don’t get the wrong idea
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
May 08, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
Here is how I would like to start this column: “For a good time, call Cheryl.” But I wouldn’t want to give the wrong impression. Let’s try this: “Cheryl is an absolute pleasure to be around. And sh...
Rodef Shalom, Tree of Life-Or L’Simcha capture Synagogue League titles
by Jesse Irwin, Chronicle Correspondent
May 02, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
In what were six spectacular displays of basketball, the Synagogue Basketball Leagues of the Jewish Community Center crowned their champions and concluded the 2013 season. Rodef Shalom took the Hig...