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From Homeland to PSO, Judaism infuses star’s performances
Mandy Patinkin, the actor, has been celebrated for decades for roles ranging from the revenge-seeking swashbuckler Inigo Montoya in the iconic film “The Princess Bride,” to his Emmy-winning portray...
Mar 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Cupcakes’ a sweet opening to this year’s JFilm Festival
This year’s JFilm festival will open with a good laugh instead of a dark drama. “Cupcakes,” an Israeli comedy, which garnered positive reviews from the Jerusalem Post, will be the opening night mov...
Mar 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish life thrives in this tiny Central American republic
Shabbat in Pittsburgh: Do you look out the window thinking, “Nineteen degrees, the streets are full of ice and snow, the roads are slushy and slippery, and with the wind chill it’s 8 degrees. Do I ...
Mar 02, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Tale of Two Avrahams’ gives historical spin to mystery genre
“A Tale of Two Avrahams,” by Avraham Avi-hai, is the story (actually, stories) of two men running for their lives — 500 years apart. And by accident of fate, one Avraham becomes the custodian of th...
Feb 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rescuing Chagall’s paintings, abandoning Chagall
by Rafael Medoff/JNS.org
Feb 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
The new George Clooney film, “The Monuments Men,” tells the thrilling story of U.S. military personnel who during World War II risked their lives to rescue paintings by the likes of Rembrandt, Pica...
Braunstein’s Me2/Orchestra plays right notes with inclusive message
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Feb 04, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
At age 58, Gigi Weisman, a violinist and children’s entertainer, thought that her days playing in an orchestra were behind her. Weisman, who began playing violin as a child, has always loved making...
‘Fanny Herself’ story of strong a woman who bucks times
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor’s note: The Chronicle is pleased to bring back Hilary Daninhirsch’s popular series, “Retro Reviews.” Throughout 2014, Daninhirsch will review Jewish-themed books by noted authors in literar...




Jewish playwright, black director collaborate in PPTC festival
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Dec 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
While the last candles of Hanukkah were kindled last week, a play inspired by their light will continue its run through Dec. 17 as part of the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company’s Festival in B...
Israeli artist tackles conflicting question in film trilogy
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Hundreds gathered in the Carnegie Museum of Art last week for an evening with Israeli filmmaker Yael Bartana, and to see her artistic treatment of an unusual, perhaps controversial, topic. That top...
… Or you’ll have to wait 77,000 years for next Thanksgivukkah
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Nov 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
About a year ago, former Pittsburgher Dana Reichman Gitell was driving her car through the streets of her current hometown — Boston — when her mind turned to the upcoming once-in-a-lifetime converg...
‘Last Comic Standing’s’ Rachel Feinstein, appears here
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Nov 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor's note: Comedian Rachel Feinstein will be performing at the Pittsburgh Improv at the Waterfront on Thursday evening, Nov. 14. An article in the Nov. 7 edition, “ ‘Last comic standing’s’ Rac...
Shabbatones, with local members, to perform a cappella
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Nov 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
Andrew Brown’s love for Jewish music was first kindled several years ago when he was a religious school student at Temple Sinai, where Rabbi James Gibson, musical director Sara Stock Mayo, and teac...
Hagit Yaso owes singing career to desert trek her parents made
by Jesse Irwin, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
Stuck in Ethiopia, Hagit Yaso’s parents were determined to give their children the opportunity to do something great, even if it meant walking in the desert for four months. So that’s exactly what ...
Evan is a farmer-turned-philosopher looking for the right mate
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Nov 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
I’m pretty sure that Evan is the only Jew I have ever met who actually grew up on a farm. In Ligonier. Really. “It’s not exactly an incredibly Jewish thing to do,” he acknowledges. But somehow, thi...