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‘Pepper, Silk & Ivory’ provides remarkable missing page of Jewish history
The history and culture of European Jewry is widely known, but many people are unfamiliar with the Jews of Asia and the contributions that Jews made in Asian countries. For example, small pockets o...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish women persevere behind the camera
Surpassing $3 million in box office receipts, writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s feature debut “Obvious Child” was one of the surprise indie hits of last year. Not bad for a low-budget movie abo...
Jan 15, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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I.B. Singer’s sister a literary power in her own right
The English-speaking world for many years was deprived of the writings of Esther Singer Kreitman, who was forced into the shadows of invisibility based primarily on her gender. In fact, Kreitman wa...
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Herzl’s Vision’ opened Zionists’ eyes to the reality of a Jewish state
It’s common knowledge that the trial of French Capt. Alfred Dreyfus led Viennese journalist Theodor Herzl to propose the idea of a Jewish nation. It’s also wrong, says Shlomo Avineri. In “Herzl’s V...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish Labor Committee calls for Hyatt boycott
by JTA
Dec 02, 2009 | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- The Jewish Labor Committee is calling on Jews to boycott Hyatt Hotels. The call comes following the news earlier this fall that the hotel chain had laid off approximately 100 members ...
Talking Israel, Jews and anti-Semitism at Amsterdam film festival
by Ben Harris
JTA
Dec 01, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
AMSTERDAM -- A hushed crowd filed into a standing-room-only space above the Escape Club in Amsterdam last week to hear the Iranian-Canadian filmmaker Maziar Bahari describe the four months he spent...
Movie details rising tide of anti-Semitism in Europe
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Nov 25, 2009 | 4 4 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
A young man is walking to his synagogue in London when a group of boys approaches on bicycles. As they pass, one of them punches the young man in the face, unprovoked. “That’s what happens to Jews,...
Women from different backgrounds come together in beautiful harmony
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Nov 25, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Seven women, ranging in age from 31 to 55, sit around a breakfast table, noshing on some fruit and finishing the morning’s first cup. But this is not your run-of-the-mill coffee klatch. The women i...
PAJC looking to tackle immigration reform in 2010
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Nov 25, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
In the course of the coming year, the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee will host a series of educational events on the intricacies of immigration and the attempts to reform it. “This is the issue w...
Iran divestment would impact $692M in Pa. investments
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Nov 25, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
When people question whether state-level divestment is worth the effort, proponents often talk in abstract terms about the cumulative impact of many state and local governments simultaneously yanki...
Israeli soldiers spark fears, shift debate with threats of not carrying out order
by Leslie Susser
JTA
Nov 23, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- Top Israeli political and military leaders are increasingly worried about several recent incidents involving soldiers publicly declaring their refusal to evacuate Jewish settlers from ...
Did Jews speak about the Holocaust after the war?
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Nov 23, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Growing up in Leechburg, 30 miles or so north of Pittsburgh, Ruth Reidbord watched her mother struggle unsuccessfully to save family trapped in Poland during World War II. Reidbord, who was 14 when...
Turkey, Jordan and Israel held joint search and rescue maneuvers
by JTA
Nov 19, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Turkey, Jordan and Israel held joint search and rescue maneuvers, a Turkish newspaper reported. The exercise reportedly took place two weeks ago at the Turkish Special Forces Command’s training ran...
Orthodox groups decry State Dept. report on religious freedom
by Anath Hartmann
JTA
Nov 19, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — A U.S. State Department report on religious freedom is drawing sharp criticism from Orthodox Jewish groups over its portrayal of Israel. The groups are denouncing what they call the un...