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Paul Shaffer’s post-Letterman act: Touring with ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Band’
NEW YORK — Paul Shaffer, sporting a gray T-shirt and a one- or two-day-old beard, is sitting in the living room of his spacious Manhattan apartment near Lincoln Center. The walls are crammed with m...
Jun 29, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Appreciating and understanding the Bible, then and now
Review Jeremiah Unterman begins “Justice for All: How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics” by highlighting two revolutions in the understanding of the Bible that have taken place in the last two...
Jun 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 138 138 recommendations | email to a friend
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Delish fish doesn’t have to be based on salmon
I’ve been experimenting with different types of fish recently. My latest strategy is to walk up to the fishmonger and ask what he or she recommends on a given day. It has never failed: The recommen...
Jun 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘The Wedding Plan’: a Haredi rom-com with a spiritual bent
The trailer for “The Wedding Plan” leads one to believe the film is a light-hearted rom-com about a zany plot to get hitched, hatched by an unmarried Orthodox Israeli woman with a lot of pluck. But...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 140 140 recommendations | email to a friend
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Yiddish theater helped prepare actress for Benedum
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 410 410 recommendations | email to a friend
Who would have thought that performing in the Yiddish theater would prepare an actress for a national tour of a Tony Award-winning musical? Who knew the Yiddish theater was still a thing? Up until ...
New book delves into past, present and future of Chabad
by Joshua Runyan, Editor-in-Chief
Nov 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 425 425 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s been 12 years since Rabbi Eric Yoffie, then the president of the Union of Reform Judaism, pointed to the Chabad-Lubavitch movement as a source of inspiration for his own movement’s synagogues ...
Retro Review: In a simpler time, ‘All-of-a-Kind Family’ hits the mark on the Lower East Side immigrant story
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 399 399 recommendations | email to a friend
Prior to the 1950s, literature for and about Jewish children was sparse, if practically nonexistent.  That all changed with the publication of “All-of-a Kind Family” in 1951. The book was groundbre...
Did a Jewish woman blaze a new path for women in pro baseball?
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Nov 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 418 418 recommendations | email to a friend
For Justine Siegal, attending Opening Day games of the Cleveland Indians with her grandfather led to a lifelong passion for baseball — and dreams of one day playing for the Tribe. “Heaven,” she cal...
Marlee Matlin reveling in unique ‘Spring Awakening’ revival
by Curt Schleier, JTA
Oct 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 402 402 recommendations | email to a friend
When the rock musical “Spring Awakening” premiered on Broadway, it was a critical darling and financial success. It won almost every major award possible, including eight Tonys, four Drama Desk Awa...
Silverman turns serious as desperate housewife in ‘Smile’
by Michael Fox
Oct 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 412 412 recommendations | email to a friend
Sarah Silverman’s rougher edges have been smoothed by two decades in the spotlight. But make no mistake, she remains an iconoclast unwilling to accept received wisdom and pat generalizations. Most ...
At Halloween, kosher candy rings the bell
by Edmon J. Rodman, JTA
Oct 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 393 393 recommendations | email to a friend
This Saturday night, after waiting for three stars to become visible in the sky and observing Havdalah, the departing of Shabbat, with candle, wine and spice box, I will prepare to perform another ...
The golden age of Zahav, now available to home cooks
by Rachel Kurland, Special to the Chronicle
Oct 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 403 403 recommendations | email to a friend
After almost seven years’ worth of prep time, Zahav chef and co-owner Michael Solomonov’s latest culinary accomplishment is ready to be enjoyed. Former Pittsburgher Solomonov, the 2011 James Beard ...
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 | 403 403 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 | 385 385 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...