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‘Orange is the New Black’: Best Jewish moments from the new season
“Orange Is the New Black” protagonist Piper Chapman may no longer have a Jewish fiancé, but that doesn’t mean that Judaism isn’t a huge part of the new season of the Netflix hit. In fact, religious...
Jul 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mike’s Place, the real Israel, gets well-deserved attention
At first glance, “Mike’s Place” appears to be a graphic novel — like a comic book for grown-ups — based around a real event, the suicide bombing of a popular beachfront bar in 2003. But in their ep...
Jul 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Aging wisely takes practice: a guide for mindful living
Death of a loved one, retirement or children simply aging and moving out prompt newfound acquisitions of time. With freedom from prior responsibilities comes myriad opportunities and often introspe...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thanks to writer Etgar Keret, the ‘feuilleton’ is alive and well in Israel
Before writing his seminal book “Der Judenstaat,” the father of the modern Zionist movement, Theodore Herzl, was a writer of a literary form known as the “feuilleton.” These were short articles or ...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Writer Gideon Raff's work shaped by Jewish heritage, IDF service
by Robert Gluck, JNS.org
Aug 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 156 156 recommendations | email to a friend
Israeli-born writer and director Gideon Raff knows the cost of war. That knowledge, as well as his Jewish background, helped him create two of television’s most compelling dramas. Raff’s “Prisoners...
‘Klara’s Journey’ captures drama of woman’s perilous trek
Jul 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 152 152 recommendations | email to a friend
Part history lesson, part novel, “Klara’s Journey” by Ben Frank chronicles a young Jewish girl’s travels from her home in Odessa, Russia to Winnipeg, Manitoba in the midst of the Russian Civil War....
Leonard Nimoy, from Star Trek to Jewish-themed photography, has lived long and prospered
by Robert Gluck, JNS.org
Jul 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 147 147 recommendations | email to a friend
Leonard Nimoy says there is a “strong strain of Judaism” in everything he does — including his famous on-screen hand gestures. Best known for his character Mr. Spock in the “Star Trek” television s...
CMU completes multiyear project to digitize Pittsburgh Jewish newspapers
by Andrew Goldstein, Staff Writer
Jul 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 149 149 recommendations | email to a friend
Local Jewish newspapers have covered the Jewish community’s happenings for more than a century in Pittsburgh.  Held within the pages of these periodicals are the stories of families, businesses and...
Omri Casspi agrees to terms with Houston Rockets, his third NBA team
by JNS.org
Jul 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 185 185 recommendations | email to a friend
Omri Casspi, the first Israeli-born player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history, has agreed to terms on a two-year, $2 million contract with the Houston Rockets, who will be his third N...
‘A New York Heartbeat’ has a Pittsburgh heart
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jul 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 215 215 recommendations | email to a friend
Former Pittsburgher Laura Davis, a film producer living now in Los Angeles, will be premiering her new movie “A New York Heartbeat” at the Regent Square Theater beginning Friday, July 12, for a two...
Jews of Newport, R.I., play important role in history of United States
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Jul 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 266 266 recommendations | email to a friend
“The history of Newport’s Jewish community may not be entirely new to American history buffs, but in general, few Americans know how meaningful a role this small group of colonial citizens played i...
Egypt President Mohamed Morsi ousted by military
by JNS.org
Jul 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 308 308 recommendations | email to a friend
Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist president of Egypt whose rule sparked protests that had engulfed the country since last Friday, was removed from power on Wednesday by the Egyptian military. The constit...
American Jews fought for their country in Revolutionary, Civil wars
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Jul 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 299 299 recommendations | email to a friend
They served at Bunker Hill, Valley Forge and Gettysburg. They fled when the enemy captured their cities. Generally speaking, they had as much to lose (or gain) as any other American at war. Yet man...
Pittsburgh native voice of Little Rock minor league ball club
by Frank Fellone, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Jun 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 274 274 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s the top of the fifth inning at Dickey-Stephens Park, with the Arkansas Travelers holding a precarious 1-0 lead against the San Antonio Missions. Up in the radio booth Phil Elson sees some life...