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In first, expat author Ruby Namdar wins Israel’s leading literary prize
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...
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ariel Kleiman back at Sundance with feature debut, a dark drama
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...
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War of words takes Jewish theater world by storm
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...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 145 145 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Pepper, Silk & Ivory’ provides remarkable missing page of Jewish history
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...
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Toker comes out with the ultimate Pittsburgh neighborhood book
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Oct 09, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
So how do you write a book about Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods? Well, yeah, you can study the city’s planning maps. Or you can visit all 89 neighborhoods listed by city officials, wear out your shoe l...
Victory for Israel in Goldstone delay, fury among Palestinians
by Uriel Heilman
JTA
Oct 08, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK – It long has been considered almost axiomatic at the United Nations that there’s no real sense for Israel to try to muster opposition to U.N. resolutions it considers hostile, particularl...
A rugged alternative to the Israeli vacation-as-usual
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Oct 08, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
The four women sat in Eat’n Park on Murray Avenue in late summer 2008, an ABBA melody playing in their ears, and composed the chorus: “We can dance, we can drive/ We’ll have the time of our lives/ ...
Music for stage and bima
by Hilary Daninhirsch
Chronicle Correspondent
and Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Oct 08, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
Avershal’s music career takes off in Pittsburgh… Nikki Avershal can make music from a barroom stage or from a synagogue bima — and she actually does. The 21-year-old singer is simultaneously the ne...
Inspiration for ‘Light’ ballet recalls tale of survival
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Oct 07, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor’s note: This is the latest in a continuing series of stories about the Holocaust ballet, “Light,” which opens on Nov. 12 at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.) “Light/The Holocaust & Humanity P...
Ada E. Yonath wins award in chemistry
Oct 07, 2009 | 1 1 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2009 jointly to Ada E. Yonath, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel; Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, ...
New Jewish museum unveils top Jewish 18
by Jewish Exponent/JTA
Oct 05, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
PHILADELPHIA -- Isaac Bashevis Singer didn’t care much for the 1983 Barbra Streisand-starring film adaptation of his short story "Yentel the Yeshiva Boy.” The late Nobel Prize-winning author couldn...
With ‘Between Heaven & Earth’ Winn-Lederer explores the chain of Torah interpretation
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Oct 01, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
As a teenage artist immersing in Judaism at a summer retreat in Connecticut, Ilene Winn-Lederer asked a friend if she could take his photograph before everyone returned home. “He goes, ‘No! I can’t...
William Safire, New York Times columnist, dies at 79
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Oct 01, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — William Safire, the Nixon speechwriter-turned-New York Times political columnist, usually sparred with Beltway power players. But in 2001 the wily wordsmith set his sights on one of th...
With new online venture, NCJW and Pitt broadcast local voices to the world
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Oct 01, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
On Tuesday, the day after Yom Kippur, area Jews sat in the University Club in Oakland, eating raspberry sorbet and watching Ed Galloway resurrect old neighbors from the dead. With his actions proje...