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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 | 8 8 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 | 7 7 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 | 17 17 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 | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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17th annual Pittsburgh Jewish Israeli Film Festival opens this week
by Chronicle
Mar 01, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh Jewish Israeli Film Festival Schedule March 4 to 21 Key to locations: SSW = SouthSide Works Cinema AWC = August Wilson Center CMU = Carnegie Mellon University, McConomy Auditorium Cranbe...
Oren says compromise needed over Western Wall controversy
by JTA
Feb 25, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel’s U.S. ambassador said resolving the controversy over prayer at the Western Wall will require “compromise on everyone’s behalf.” Michael Oren, speaking Sunday night at the annual plenum of t...
Disagreement aired over UC Irvine boycott
by JTA
Feb 25, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Five Jewish student groups at the University of California-Irvine do not agree with a call to boycott the university over campus anti-Semitism. In a letter issued Monday, the groups said, “As stude...
'A Matter of Size' opens film festival with tons of fun
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Feb 25, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
A movie about four very fat Israelis pushing each other around wearing something resembling underwear isn’t exactly a common love story. But “A Matter of Size” is no Hugh Grant flick. The movie pre...
Rodef Shalom music director cooks on 'Emeril Green' program
by Angela Leibowicz
Community Editor
Feb 25, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
One of Rodef Shalom Congregation’s own will be cooking on television in an upcoming episode of “Emeril Green,” on Planet Green, a 24-hour eco-lifestyle television network. But that’s not the only p...
Students from many faiths meet in confab of understanding
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Feb 25, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Seven adolescent boys sat around a Muslim prayer carpet in Rodef Shalom Congregation’s social hall, amazed that a compass was sewn in the center. “I wonder if they could make one with a GPS system,...
Torah scribe Menachem Youlus stands behind story about rescued scroll
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Feb 25, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
By anyone’s standards, the tale of discovering a Holocaust-era Torah wrapped in a Gestapo body bag excavated from a mass grave on a pig farm in Kamenets-Podolsky seems far-fetched. Yet Rabbi Menach...
Call for young artists for Chronicle cover
by Chronicle
Feb 25, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The Chronicle is again inviting students from day schools and religious schools around Jewish Pittsburgh to submit cover art for the paper’s upcoming Passover edition on March 25. The Chronicle las...
Film festivals must adapt to meet new challenges
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Feb 24, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Through tough times, Jewish film festivals roll on. The cultural ties between Jews and film have long been strong — from knowing chuckles at Woody Allen flicks to flocking en masse to the cinema on...
Seder invite for that special someone: When's the right time?
by Suzanne Kurtz
JTA
Feb 24, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- A few years ago I accepted an invitation to share a Passover seder at the home of my then-boyfriend's parents. Since we were becoming more serious as a couple, I was excited to experi...