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‘Parade’ offers a powerful tale of an American blood libel
A young girl is found dead in the factory where she worked. There are three suspects for the brutal murder: the black night watchman, the black janitor and the Jewish factory superintendent. The to...
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Retro Review ‘Rachel Calof’s Story: Jewish Homesteader on the Northern Plains’
When Rachel Bella Kahn was a girl growing up in Russia, she certainly never imagined that one day she’d end up as a pioneer woman on the prairies of North Dakota. She was born in 1876, and almost f...
Jul 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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For Iranian-born actors, Israel’s first Farsi movie carries echo of lost home
AYANOT, Israel — An Iranian-Israeli director and a group of Iranian-born actors are making a movie in Farsi, the language of Iran. “Baba Joon,” a story of familial conflict between three generation...
Jul 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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From dance tunes to stories, Simply Tsfat rocks Pittsburgh with a joy for Jewish life
The Baal Shem Tov, founder of Chasidism, explained niggunim as “songs that transcend syllables and sound.” On Sunday night, June 29, that soulful nature was on display, as Simply Tsaf, a group of t...
Jul 14, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Feb 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
I first met Tricia while she was volunteering at Concordia of the South Hills, visiting the elderly. Her big heart and strong sense of Jewish values were immediately apparent. But Tricia, 51, is fa...
Jewish rapper sheds his beat for his guitar in first acoustic tour
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Feb 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor's note: This is a corrected version of the story that appeared in the Feb. 7 Chronicle. The correct venue for the PIttsburgh performance is the Carnegie Music Hall in Homestead, not Oakland...
Beth Shalom cantor releases his first CD
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Jan 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
Don’t look for a common theme in Cantor Ben Rosner’s recently released CD, Songs of Strength and Spirit. There isn’t one. “There is not a common theme to this album,” Rosner, the chazzen of Congreg...
The host of Obama’s second inaugural party, Sen. Charles Schumer, is America’s lovable Jewish Uncle Leo
by Rachel Shukert, Tablet
Jan 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
My dear congregation, you may notice I am sermonizing to you a little earlier than usual this week. This is because I want to talk to you about something that happened on Monday, before Suri Cruise...
Campus Superstar field whittled to 10 as finals night approaches
by Sam Lapin, Chronicle correspondent
Jan 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
Some 125 people crammed into the third floor of the Hillel Jewish University Center on Thursday evening to listen to 29 students from universities around Pittsburgh make their case to move on to th...
Balka exhibit reflects Jewish life in 19th-, 20th-century America
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
The latest exhibit at the American Jewish Museum of Pittsburgh is a chronicle on canvas of the trials of Jews in the 19th- and 20th- century America compiled by a single art collector. The new Anna...
Jewish Pittsburgh native rigs cameras for groundbreaking film
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Jan 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
For three years, Adam LeWinter went to work in some of the coldest places on earth. He did it for the adventure. He did it for the challenge. And he did it to send a chilling message to the world: ...
Is Superman Jewish? Read this book and find out
by Neal Gendler, For the Chronicle
Jan 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Is Superman Jewish? Yes, very much so, at least in his early years, but in his character, not his personality. The later Spider-Man, conversely, is Jewish in personality but not in character. Who k...
CMU Klezmer Band plays old world music for new world audiences
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Jan 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
The band kicked off its rendition of “Oy Tate,” a quick-tempo melody, just old world just oozing from its clarinets, saxophones, cello and piano. But this was no shtetl, rather a 2011 session at th...
The secular new year forces us to look forward, and tradition requires we make resolutions to be a better parent, and a better person.
by Marjorie Ingall
Dec 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
I prefer the Jewish new year, a time to look inward rather than outward and think about the cyclical nature of ritual, to the secular one, with its don’t-look-back determination. On Rosh Hashanah, ...