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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 | 40 40 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 | 58 58 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 | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pittsburgh-led Jewish trip stranded off Chilean coast
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Mar 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
A group of 16 Jewish adventure-seekers returning from a trip to Antarctica found themselves stranded on Easter Island for several days in the wake of Chile’s massive earthquake, which hit last Satu...
Jewish Pittsburgher was in Chile when earthquake hit
by Jillian Irwin
For The Chronicle
Mar 03, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor’s note: Jillian Irwin, a Pittsburgh native and premed student at Harvard University, was in Chile for a semester of study at the University of Chile when the Feb. 27 earthquake hit. She was...
‘Brothers’ digs deep into Haredi-secular divide
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Mar 03, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Some films tell stories. Others answer questions. The best do both. Tackling questions personal and political, philosophical and pragmatic, “Brothers” defines what makes a film different than a mov...
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...