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A complicated text about a complicated British PM
“Disraeli: The Novel Politician” by David Cesarani, Yale, 304 pages, $25 “Dizzy,” “The Old Jew,” and “eminently clever, but superlatively vulgar,” were just some of the epithets Prime Minister Benj...
Aug 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Olympics: 7 Jewish American Olympians to watch in Rio
There are athletes, and then there are Olympic athletes. And then there are Jewish Olympic athletes. When the 2016 Summer Olympics open Friday, we’ll of course be cheering the American athletes — a...
Aug 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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The ‘Indignation’ of Philip Roth
“Indignation” depicts a working class Jewish student from Newark, N.J., who attends a small Ohio college where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection. In many ways, it is a c...
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Getting ‘UnREAL’ with actress Shiri Appleby: Actress dishes on playing a Jewish, feminist antihero
In the world of television, Rachel Goldberg is a rare character: a Jewish, female antihero. She’s the main character in “UnREAL,” a scripted drama on Lifetime about the behind-the-scenes world of a...
Jul 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Opera’s stirring ‘Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves’ is matched by Benedum’s powerful production
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Oct 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
After a more than 40-year absence from the stage, the Pittsburgh Opera resurrected Giuseppe Verdi’s 1841 opera, “Nabucco,” last week at the Benedum. Murmurings of “brava” and “I love it” were heard...
‘Jukebox musical’ will bring ‘Beautiful’ memories to the Benedum
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
The first time Ben Fankhauser heard “The Loco-Motion,” he was dancing to the tune with his fourth-grade Sunday school class at his synagogue in his hometown of Cleveland. Now, 16 years later and on...
Storyteller behind tales biblical and Bostonian to speak in Pittsburgh
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
Early 20th century Boston is a far cry from biblical Haran, Canaan and Israel, but fans of Anita Diamant’s 1997 bestseller “The Red Tent” will notice a definite link between the fictional account o...
The birth of ‘Jersey Boys,’ thanks to two New York Jewish guys
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
As unlikely as it was for a group of guys from the New Jersey projects — who were affiliated with mobsters and occasionally incarcerated — to rise to the top of the 1960s pop charts, what may be ev...
Rugelach roundtable: Does this beloved pastry need to be dairy to taste good?
by Robert Gluck, JNS.org
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
Can Yom Kippur atonement be accomplished in 140 characters or less?
by Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
A hero disgraced: The story of archives saved, stolen and dispersed
by Neal Gendler, Special to The Chronicle
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Menzel hits all the right notes in rousing Benedum Center performance
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
Retro Review Influence of 1950s permeates Olson’s short, but powerful collection
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
While the name Tillie Olsen may not be as familiar today as other Jewish authors from the 1950s, she nevertheless has made an indelible mark on the Jewish literary scene with her renowned short sto...
Simon Says: Creator of ‘The Wire’ talks about growing up in a house of storytellers
by Gayle Jo Carter
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
Yonkers, N.Y., may be the setting of David Simon’s newest TV drama “Show Me A Hero” (premiering Aug. 16 on HBO), but the chronicler of the streets of Baltimore — “Homicide,” “The Corner,” “The Wire...