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Writer Calvin Trillin dishes about civil rights, Judaism and the art of reporting
Writer Calvin Trillin may be most famous today for his humorous musings on food, family, travel and love. But before he won the Thurber Prize for Humor in 2013, before “Uncivil Liberties,” his humo...
Jul 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Options abound when cooking with red orbs of goodness
I love the scent of ripe tomatoes warmed by the sun. At their peak during the summer months, tomatoes taste better than they do all year. These juicy jewels star in all kinds of salads — from side ...
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Iran, the Holocaust, ‘Septembers of Shiraz’ — and me
“Septembers of Shiraz” is a film about a prosperous Jewish family in Iran caught up in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution that overthrew the shah. It’s based on Dalia Sofer’s well-received 2007 n...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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Author’s first novel tackles the clouds, despair of bipolar II disorder
Susan Sofayov said that her debut novel “Defective,” published by Black Opal Books in 2014, was “the first thing I wrote in my life other than a grant proposal.” Sofayov, a Mt. Lebanon resident, wh...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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On this Front Porch, young, local artists grab a deserving spotlight
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
May 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
Summer and romance go together so well that local theater company Front Porch Theatricals kicks off its season May 22 with “The Last Five Years,” a piece detailing five years in the lives of a New ...
Imagination gives first-graders chance to build bridge to diversity
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
May 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
In a kind of “Muppets” meets writing workshop, a weeklong experimental program at Hillel Academy tested the idea that technology — and some fun — could promote inclusivity and develop writing skill...
At Bergen-Belsen memorial, warnings and worry on Holocaust remembrance
by Toby Axelrod, JTA
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend
LOHHEIDE, Germany — At the former Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, hundreds of survivors, along with their children and grandchildren, stood together on April 26 under gray skies on a ground alive...
Book review: A ‘rational’ loss of faith is compounded by rejection, disgrace
by Neal Gendler
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
Shulem Deen’s journey from Skverer Hasid to Brooklyn unbeliever is a fascinating, disturbing memoir of loss — loss of faith, family and a once-certain future. His former community, taught not to qu...
Gold on the Galilee: Israeli kayaker comes of age, eyes Olympics
by Orit Arfa, JNS.org
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 101 101 recommendations | email to a friend
Three years ago, kayaking coach Roei Lev found aspiring Olympian Ilya Podpolnyy crying on the steps of the Jordan Valley Sprint Kayak Club overlooking the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Podpolnyy, then...
London benefactor grooming tennis champs in Israel — and he has a prized pupil
by Howard Blas, JTA
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
Can Yishai Oliel become Israel’s version of tennis champion Novak Djokovic? London businessman David Coffer is hoping the Ramle teenager can someday join such heady company — and he’s backing up hi...
Free-spending Marlins? Sabbath-observing exec says it makes sense
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 113 113 recommendations | email to a friend
MIAMI — For Joel Mael, the Shabbat-observing vice chairman of the Miami Marlins, the team’s free spending in the offseason was wise from a financial perspective. Signing Giancarlo Stanton, 25, to a...
Book Review A triumph of decency in a French Huguenot village
by Neal Gendler
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 120 120 recommendations | email to a friend
Books and an acclaimed documentary film have made the French Huguenot village of Le Chambon and Pastor André Trocmé well known for sheltering Jews from the Nazis and their Vichy France collaborator...
Diversity takes a starring role at JFilm festival
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 120 120 recommendations | email to a friend
JFilm will open its 22nd annual festival on April 16 with the Pittsburgh premiere of “The Last Mentsch,” a whimsical film about a Holocaust survivor coming to terms with his past, and will continue...
Ayelet Tsabari’s award-winning stories reflect Yemenite background, global outlook
by Beth Kissileff, JTA
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 118 118 recommendations | email to a friend
Ayelet Tsabari acted as a child and teen, appearing in Habima’s youth performances in Israel, a commercial and some student films. Although Tsabari no longer acts, the author of the award-winning “...