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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 | 4 4 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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Need some needling? There’s an app for that
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Aug 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 153 153 recommendations | email to a friend
Feeling neglected, like maybe you’re not getting enough noodges from your Jewish mother? Turns out, there’s an app for that. In fact, Jewishly speaking, there are oodles of apps, including dozens —...
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...