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Lit gloss: Shiny new books that make great gifts for Chanukah
There are so many good books out right now, and coming out in the next few months, that it’s almost impossible to pick just a few — especially with so many fantastically talented Jewish authors. Th...
Dec 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Five great buys for the Jewish music lover in your life
There’s nothing like the balm of music to soothe a troubled mind — and given the collective angst generated by the last few months, now is the perfect time to indulge in the sweet harmonies of esca...
Dec 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israeli artist-in-residence turns trash into treasure
A tenuous line between trash and treasure holds necklaces together. As demonstrated by Telma Schultz — an Israeli artist known for making jewels from junk — glue, paper and piles of disposables are...
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Leonard Cohen, whose Jewish-infused poetry and songs inspired generations, is dead at 82
Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter whose Jewish-infused work became a soundtrack for melancholy, has died. He was 82. “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwrite...
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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A league of their own: A Jewish baseball museum, at last
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
Apr 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 222 222 recommendations | email to a friend
When Jews visit the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., they can learn about the only two members of the tribe who have been inducted into the hallowed museum: Hank “The Hebrew Hammer” Gree...
Nora Ephron’s feats and foibles examined in film by her son
by Curt Schleier, JTA
Mar 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 224 224 recommendations | email to a friend
“It’s almost good,” Jacob Bernstein says. “That’s what she would have thought of it.” The “she” in this case is the late writer Nora Ephron, Bernstein’s mom. “It” is his elegant and moving document...
‘Ruby of Cochin’ provides firsthand look at bygone era of India’s Jews
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Special to The Chronicle
Mar 10, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 234 234 recommendations | email to a friend
The Indian Jewish community remains largely unfamiliar to modern Jews; it was therefore quite a surprise to have discovered “Ruby of Cochin: An Indian Woman Remembers,” a memoir by Ruby Daniel. Dan...
Key to good sex and relationships? Take risks, says Orthodox sex therapist
by Laura Kelly, JTA
Feb 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 236 236 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES — What makes for good sex? It’s an unusual question for the wife of an Orthodox rabbi to talk about publicly, but Doreen Seidler-Feller has made a career of it. A clinical sex therapist...
St. Petersburg, the Russian city on the Neva, enjoys a Jewish presence
by Ben G. Frank, Special to The Chronicle
Feb 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 230 230 recommendations | email to a friend
I visited St. Petersburg for the first time in the early 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union. I noted that buildings were often entered through courtyards that existed in the days of the great...
Globe Briefs February 25
Feb 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 221 221 recommendations | email to a friend
IDF releases attack-warning app The Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command has released a mobile application to warn Israelis of local security threats. The application, detailed in a call with r...
At Utah’s on-slope Shabbat service, ski boots required
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Feb 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 227 227 recommendations | email to a friend
PARK CITY, Utah — It may be the most elevated Shabbat service in the country, and not just because of the spirited singing. Held in a rustic cabin in the woods off a ski slope at Deer Valley resort...
At Benedum, not your same ‘Cabaret’ this time around
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 231 231 recommendations | email to a friend
The seedy glamour of the Kit Kat Klub with its bawdy emcee in “Cabaret” provide an unsettling but fitting backdrop to the story of the hard-living entertainer Sally Bowles in Weimar Germany. But it...
Jewish framework gives mystery series its unique, enduring flavor - Retro Review
by By Hilary Daninhirsch Special to The Chronicle
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 225 225 recommendations | email to a friend
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Faye Kellerman’s introduction of beloved fictional characters Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, a homicide detective and an Orthodox Jewish teacher who fall in ...
Allen’s sidekick, Tony Roberts, on teetering on the edge of fame
by Lonnie Firestone, JTA
Jan 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 226 226 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — There’s a memorable scene in “Annie Hall” when Woody Allen’s character, Alvy Singer, rants about finding anti-Semites everywhere he goes. “You know, I was having lunch with some guys fro...