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With ‘Jewish Journey,’ PBS traces 350 years of migrations
LOS ANGELES — “You survive, you honor us by living,” said Martin Greenfield, now a New York master tailor, recalling his father’s words after he was liberated from the Buchenwald concentration camp...
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Jews receive a mixed welcome at ‘Downton Abbey’
Jewish characters have finally joined the impeccably attired throng at “Downton Abbey,” and it’s not an altogether happy day. While Lord and Lady Grantham welcome the new arrivals with exquisite ma...
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Revisiting the past in Cartagena, Colombia
Stop a random person on the streets of Pittsburgh for a little word-association game and Cartagena may invoke res-ponses along the lines of “drugs and crime” or perhaps the name of the mid-1980s fi...
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Soviet immigration fuels ‘engaging frolic’ through lives of imagination
In the charming novel, “A Replace-ment Life” by Boris Fishman, newly out in trade paperback, would-be writer Slava Gelman, stuck in a low- level, clerk-like job at a prestigious magazine, stumbles ...
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Dating after 65? ‘Senior Moments’ finds the laughs
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Oct 15, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
Sometimes, a woman has to kiss a lot of frogs before she meets her prince. But is all that metaphoric frog kissing still worth it after a certain age? In “Senior Moments,” a semi-autobiographical p...
State cuts EITC; Tax credit prorated this year, cut further next year
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Oct 15, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
The state budget recently approved by Gov. Ed Rendell cuts $15 million from a tax credit program used to help Pittsburgh students afford Jewish day schools and pre-K programs. The budget approved o...
Zakaria sees reasons for optimism in the Middle East
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Oct 15, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
Peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will come when the two sides realize they have more to gain from coexistence than from opposition, political commentator Fareed Zakaria told a crowd ...
Italian Jews launch new Jewish newspaper -- for non-Jews
by Ruth Ellen Gruber
JTA
Oct 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
ROME -- When Italy’s first national Jewish newspaper launches this month, Italy will get what few Jewish communities around the world offer: a Jewish newspaper geared toward non-Jews. Sponsored by ...
'Lebanon' latest film to explore Israel's Vietnam
by Dina Kraft
JTA
Oct 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV -- From the depths of an Israeli soldier turned middle-aged filmmaker's haunted memories, the new award-winning movie "Lebanon" consists mainly of scenes shot from inside a sweat- and anxi...
Jews of color come together to explore identity
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Oct 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
PETALUMA, Calif. -- Dafna Wu, a 48-year-old San Francisco nurse, resembles her Chinese father more than her Jewish mother. She’s been Jewish her whole life, but she’s used to walking into synagogue...
J street parley attracting big names, but will Israel's ambassador attend?
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Oct 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON – J Street has lined up plenty of high-profile speakers for its first major conference. But the new and controversial self-described "pro-Israel, pro-peace" lobby is looking to add one m...
New center honors the life and art of Irma Freeman
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Oct 12, 2009 | 1 1 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
Irma Freeman had appropriate initials. For a woman who used art to improve her outlook on life, the letters IF signify hope and redemption. Those initials appear on the intricate mosaic façade of t...
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 | 45 45 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...