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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 | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Author’s roundabout journey to Orthodoxy includes website for writers
“I grew up as a nerd,” Matthue Roth confesses. Roth, 37, is a published author several times over, with credits including the award-winning “Never Mind the Goldbergs” and “My First Kafka,” a pictur...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Listen to ‘The Lion’
“Music is my spirituality,” said Benjamin Scheuer, the singer/songwriter/author of a heartbreaking and heartwarming one-man musical, “The Lion.” Music is also his saving grace. “The Lion” runs thro...
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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A fresh crop of Jewish books for spring
Spring — when nature itself seems to reawaken — is a time for renewal. Indeed, Jewish tradition teaches that Passover is a holiday of rebirth, a second new year. So it’s probably a good idea to spr...
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Passover: Your holiday Haggadah to staying healthy during Passover
by By Sarah Rueven Special to The Chronicle
Mar 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend
Passover is the time of the year when Jews celebrate our freedom from slavery in Egypt. But the endless monotony of eggs, potatoes and matzah for eight days may leave you feeling like a slave to yo...
Passover: New gastronomic delights hit local shelves
by By Toby Tabachnick Senior Staff Writer
Mar 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 101 101 recommendations | email to a friend
Long gone are the days when a treat during Passover meant a day-old slice of pesadig sponge cake, one of those half-moon, rind-trimmed jelly candies or a sticky coconut macaroon from a can. The ann...
David Blatt getting a handle on life as NBA coach
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 134 134 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — With the clock winding down on a recent game here, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt was still barking out instructions to his players despite enjoying a late 40-point lead over th...
With ‘Jewish Journey,’ PBS traces 350 years of migrations
by Tom Tugend, JTA
Mar 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 132 132 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Jews receive a mixed welcome at ‘Downton Abbey’
by Michael Fox, Special to the Chronicle
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 143 143 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Revisiting the past in Cartagena, Colombia
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 140 140 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Soviet immigration fuels ‘engaging frolic’ through lives of imagination
by Neal Gendler
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 138 138 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
In Salt Lake City, a Reuben worshipper builds his temple
by Anthony Weiss, JTA
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 129 129 recommendations | email to a friend
SALT LAKE CITY — Going back to his very first bite of a Reuben more than 50 years ago, Randy Harmsen has always loved deli food. So when he decided to open his own restaurant, the Salt Lake City na...
Retro Review: ‘Wandering Star’ continues to be a Yiddish gem not to be missed
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 153 153 recommendations | email to a friend
Sholem Aleichem was the nom de plume of Solomon Rabinovich, who wrote the classic short stories about “Tevye the Dairyman” that became the foundation for “Fiddler on the Roof.” True to his comedic ...
In first, expat author Ruby Namdar wins Israel’s leading literary prize
by Beth Kissileff, JTA
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 175 175 recommendations | email to a friend
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...