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Keeping Judaism alive in the beauty of the South Pacific
God truly must have formed Tahiti and French Polynesia and placed coral necklaces around them. They are too perfect: bright morning sunshine, calming breezes, turquoise lagoons, spectacular waterfa...
Jul 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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No ivory tower for Theodore Bikel: Remembering the actor, musician, activist
Theodore Bikel had an amazing career for the length and breadth of it, said Ted Pappas, the producing artistic director of the Pittsburgh Public Theater. The actor and musician, who died July 21 at...
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Summer reads: Area book lovers are dipping into Westerns, biographies and stories by local authors
Compiled by Geoffrey W. Melada Interim Editor >> David Ben-Gurion is one of the towering figures of the 20th century and I am abashed at how little I know about the man. Like many of us, I can read...
Jul 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Love, murder, politics and diplomacy: Here’s what the staff of The Chronicle is reading this summer
“Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide” by Michael B. Oren Random House, 2015 377 pages — $30 For those who know me it will come as no surprise that the book that tops my reading list...
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Evan is a farmer-turned-philosopher looking for the right mate
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Nov 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 170 170 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...
Dershowitz, from law to Israel to new memoir, continues to fight for underdogs
by Matt Robinson, JNS.org
Oct 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 167 167 recommendations | email to a friend
Claus von Bülow, Mike Tyson, O.J. Simpson, and a number of lesser-known names, from the indigent to the infamous, have been Alan Dershowitz’s clients. Some may have been unpopular, but the noted at...
American friends launch first kosher tour of Cuba
by Barbara Lewis, JNS.org
Oct 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 172 172 recommendations | email to a friend
It started with a mutual fascination with Cuba, especially its tiny Jewish community. Now two Jewish women, separated by a generation in age and more than 760 miles in physical location, have becom...
Brooklyn author’s first novel studies flawed relationships in literary scene
by Morton I. Teicher, For the Chronicle
Oct 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 158 158 recommendations | email to a friend
Last year, scholarly critic and journalist Evan Hughes wrote “Literary Brooklyn,” an excellent study of writers in Brooklyn, beginning with Walt Whitman and concluding with an account of Brooklyn t...
Jewish rapper on BDS movement
Oct 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 154 154 recommendations | email to a friend
Ari Lesser, a Jewish rapper, responds to the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement in his video. The video exposes the flaw in the BDS Movement by questioning why there is such a strong cal...
‘Jewtopia’ entertains and may even sow thought in wild Jewish comedy
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Oct 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 150 150 recommendations | email to a friend
“Jewtopia,” the story of two longtime friends — one Jewish, one not — moving in completely opposite directions when it comes to choosing a wife, may not exactly be utopia, but it sure is a hilariou...
David Stock’s ‘Sixth Symphony’ to headline PSO’s 2013-14 season
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Oct 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 150 150 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish influence on the third movement of David Stock’s “Sixth Symphony” comes as a surprise — even to the composer himself. While Jewish melodies have infused and inspired many of Stock’s comp...
Burton Morris art makes first museum exhibit in Pittsburgh
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Sep 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 150 150 recommendations | email to a friend
You may wonder why a regional history museum is hosting an art exhibition, but to pop artist Burton Morris, it makes perfect sense. Morris is from Pittsburgh, and the exhibit at The Senator John He...
Marc Epstein: ‘Our Town’ does have that shtetl feel
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Sep 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 151 151 recommendations | email to a friend
When Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” opens at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Thursday, Sept. 26, the actor playing the role of Mr. Webb just may look familiar. Maybe you recognize him from his role in...
Jewish snowboarder vies for spot on U.S. Olympics team
by Andrew Goldstein, Staff Writer
Aug 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 155 155 recommendations | email to a friend
Seth Hill is one dreidel that doesn’t want to land on his side. The Jewish professional snowboarder from Jacksonville, Ore., says he often spins like a dreidel when he does a “1080” — three full ro...