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The birth of ‘Jersey Boys,’ thanks to two New York Jewish guys
As unlikely as it was for a group of guys from the New Jersey projects — who were affiliated with mobsters and occasionally incarcerated — to rise to the top of the 1960s pop charts, what may be ev...
Sep 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rugelach roundtable: Does this beloved pastry need to be dairy to taste good?
Rugelach (singular: rugala) are a beloved traditional Jewish pastry, with a quirky history to boot, but they often present a kosher conundrum. Though pareve, rugelach are often a preferred dessert ...
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Can Yom Kippur atonement be accomplished in 140 characters or less?
Coming from a non-observant family of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union to Israel, a country where many people tend to lead secular lifestyles to begin with, I wasn’t raised in a parti...
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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A hero disgraced: The story of archives saved, stolen and dispersed
Self-taught historian Szajko Frydman gained fame among scholars for his achievements in preserving history from Europe’s lost Jewish world, but his obsessive zeal and need for income led him to dis...
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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At 98, Kirk Douglas finds his poetic muse
by Tom Tugend, JTA
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 234 234 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES — Kirk Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch, the son of an immigrant Russian Jewish ragman, marked his 98th birthday on Dec. 9 by launching his 11th book. The legendary star of 87 movies (w...
‘Sheriff of Mars’ unveils endearing life of Jewish music star hidden in the fields of France
by Maayan Jaffe, JNS.org
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 231 231 recommendations | email to a friend
It was an era of steel strings, guitar heroes and storytellers — high on heroin, rebellious. Outlaw country music, the hallmark of Nashville’s powerful and angry music scene of the 1970s, was the b...
Chanukah menorahs of Israel shed light on Jewish people’s past, present, future
by Deborah Fineblum Schabb, JNS.org
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 239 239 recommendations | email to a friend
As winter arrives and the days grow shorter, outdoor lighting is needed more during the Chanukah season than at any other time of year. This need is taken particularly seriously in Israel, where ou...
What makes Chanukah great in America
by Dianne Ashton, JTA
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 226 226 recommendations | email to a friend
CHERRY HILL, N.J. – As Chanukah nears, let the grousing begin. Too much is made of a holiday that Judaism ranks as a minor festival — one whose rite takes no more than five minutes to complete each...
Joint congregational mission designed to show area’s solidarity with Israel
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 228 228 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Alex Greenbaum spent a year living in Israel during his rabbinic training in the early 1990s, but there are two days of that year that stand out in his memory: Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut...
Bringing the past to life spotlights importance of Jewish community
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 04, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 232 232 recommendations | email to a friend
Generations of Jewish families in Pittsburgh have painstakingly saved their photos and wedding announcements; their son’s honor-roll report card and across-the-Atlantic passenger information for th...
For the Dutch, hiding Jews was an almost popular way to ‘fight back’
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 225 225 recommendations | email to a friend
While there is nothing funny about the Holocaust, the title of Hans Keilson’s long-lost novella, “Comedy in a Minor Key,” seems appropriate, although as comedies go, this is certainly a dark one. “...
Predictable ‘Book of Jonah’ brings forth both the Bible and Hollywood
by Neal Gendler
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 150 150 recommendations | email to a friend
The swift, improbable conclusion of “The Book of Jonah” reminds me of my mother’s reactions to many Hollywood endings: “only in the movies.” As the title suggests, Joshua Max Feldman’s novel is pat...
Celebrating its Jewish voice: HaZamir gets ready for ninth season
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 154 154 recommendations | email to a friend
The local chapter of the international HaZamir Jewish high school choir announced its ninth season, inviting performers to join the troupe at the Squirrel Hill JCC as it rehearses for performances ...
Little Lake Theatre’s latest turns fashion misery into laughter
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 159 159 recommendations | email to a friend
Any woman who has a purse filled with capless pens, capless lipsticks and tissues that may or may not have been used, or whoever has been fitted for a bra, or who has a mother, should grab a girlfr...