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Contemplating a world occupied by both the head and the heart
Yehoshua November is a graduate of Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh and of Taylor Allderdice High School, and so local readers should have special interest in his new book of poetry. But I think it is ...
Jan 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Six Israeli TV shows to binge-watch now
As the folks on the next season of “Game of Thrones” might say, “Winter is here.” That means it’s time to get under the covers and engage in the national pastime of binge-watching TV shows. Since N...
Jan 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lit gloss: Shiny new books that make great gifts for Chanukah
There are so many good books out right now, and coming out in the next few months, that it’s almost impossible to pick just a few — especially with so many fantastically talented Jewish authors. Th...
Dec 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Five great buys for the Jewish music lover in your life
There’s nothing like the balm of music to soothe a troubled mind — and given the collective angst generated by the last few months, now is the perfect time to indulge in the sweet harmonies of esca...
Dec 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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From matzah balls to footballs, two Jewish brothers recall their journey to the NFL
by Victor Wishna, JTA
Sep 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 153 153 recommendations | email to a friend
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At 6-foot-6 and 340 pounds, veteran NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz isn’t just a force of nature, but a product of good ol’ Jewish nurture. “My size comes from a childhood t...
New Ken Burns film spotlights little-known Holocaust rescuers
by Ben Sales, JTA
Sep 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 146 146 recommendations | email to a friend
In 1940, as he was being transported to safety in the lower deck of a ship, the Jewish author Lion Feuchtwanger asked Waitstill Sharp why the American Unitarian minister had bothered to rescue him ...
Why Tel Aviv is so crazy about dogs
by Andrew Tobin, JTA
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 156 156 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — It’s not every day you see a dog getting a massage. But in this Israeli city, somehow it seems expected. At Tel Aviv’s first official dog festival last month, hundreds of dogs took over ...
A Jewish rocker rediscovers his sonic roots — by teaching gospel music in Harlem
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 150 150 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — It’s a very humid Friday evening at an outdoor plaza at Manhattan’s tony Lincoln Center. But despite the oppressive weather, some 200 people have gathered to hear live gospel music. The ...
This Israeli and Palestinian duo owns Berlin’s hippest hummus joint
by Toby Axelrod, JTA
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 160 160 recommendations | email to a friend
BERLIN — In a corner of former East Berlin, where shabby, red brick buildings meet cobblestone streets, lies a new Promised Land. Kanaan — a casual, vegetarian Middle Eastern restaurant named for t...
The Supreme Court’s Jeffersonian Jew
by Neal Gendler, Special to The Chronicle
Aug 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 186 186 recommendations | email to a friend
“Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet” by Jeffrey Rosen, Yale, 256 pages, $25 Today’s mania for consolidation likely would have offended the Jeffersonian sensibilities of U.S. Supreme Court Justice ...
A complicated text about a complicated British PM
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Aug 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 186 186 recommendations | email to a friend
“Disraeli: The Novel Politician” by David Cesarani, Yale, 304 pages, $25 “Dizzy,” “The Old Jew,” and “eminently clever, but superlatively vulgar,” were just some of the epithets Prime Minister Benj...
Olympics: 7 Jewish American Olympians to watch in Rio
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
Aug 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 178 178 recommendations | email to a friend
There are athletes, and then there are Olympic athletes. And then there are Jewish Olympic athletes. When the 2016 Summer Olympics open Friday, we’ll of course be cheering the American athletes — a...
The ‘Indignation’ of Philip Roth
by Jared Feldschreiber, Special to The Chronicle
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 192 192 recommendations | email to a friend
“Indignation” depicts a working class Jewish student from Newark, N.J., who attends a small Ohio college where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection. In many ways, it is a c...
Getting ‘UnREAL’ with actress Shiri Appleby: Actress dishes on playing a Jewish, feminist antihero
by Linda Buchwald, JTA
Jul 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 208 208 recommendations | email to a friend
In the world of television, Rachel Goldberg is a rare character: a Jewish, female antihero. She’s the main character in “UnREAL,” a scripted drama on Lifetime about the behind-the-scenes world of a...