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Author’s first novel tackles the clouds, despair of bipolar II disorder
Susan Sofayov said that her debut novel “Defective,” published by Black Opal Books in 2014, was “the first thing I wrote in my life other than a grant proposal.” Sofayov, a Mt. Lebanon resident, wh...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Author’s roundabout journey to Orthodoxy includes website for writers
“I grew up as a nerd,” Matthue Roth confesses. Roth, 37, is a published author several times over, with credits including the award-winning “Never Mind the Goldbergs” and “My First Kafka,” a pictur...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Listen to ‘The Lion’
“Music is my spirituality,” said Benjamin Scheuer, the singer/songwriter/author of a heartbreaking and heartwarming one-man musical, “The Lion.” Music is also his saving grace. “The Lion” runs thro...
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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A fresh crop of Jewish books for spring
Spring — when nature itself seems to reawaken — is a time for renewal. Indeed, Jewish tradition teaches that Passover is a holiday of rebirth, a second new year. So it’s probably a good idea to spr...
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Silverman turns serious as desperate housewife in ‘Smile’
by Michael Fox
Oct 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Sarah Silverman’s rougher edges have been smoothed by two decades in the spotlight. But make no mistake, she remains an iconoclast unwilling to accept received wisdom and pat generalizations. Most ...
At Halloween, kosher candy rings the bell
by Edmon J. Rodman, JTA
Oct 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
This Saturday night, after waiting for three stars to become visible in the sky and observing Havdalah, the departing of Shabbat, with candle, wine and spice box, I will prepare to perform another ...
The golden age of Zahav, now available to home cooks
by Rachel Kurland, Special to the Chronicle
Oct 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
After almost seven years’ worth of prep time, Zahav chef and co-owner Michael Solomonov’s latest culinary accomplishment is ready to be enjoyed. Former Pittsburgher Solomonov, the 2011 James Beard ...
Opera’s stirring ‘Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves’ is matched by Benedum’s powerful production
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Oct 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
After a more than 40-year absence from the stage, the Pittsburgh Opera resurrected Giuseppe Verdi’s 1841 opera, “Nabucco,” last week at the Benedum. Murmurings of “brava” and “I love it” were heard...
‘Jukebox musical’ will bring ‘Beautiful’ memories to the Benedum
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The first time Ben Fankhauser heard “The Loco-Motion,” he was dancing to the tune with his fourth-grade Sunday school class at his synagogue in his hometown of Cleveland. Now, 16 years later and on...
Storyteller behind tales biblical and Bostonian to speak in Pittsburgh
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Early 20th century Boston is a far cry from biblical Haran, Canaan and Israel, but fans of Anita Diamant’s 1997 bestseller “The Red Tent” will notice a definite link between the fictional account o...
The birth of ‘Jersey Boys,’ thanks to two New York Jewish guys
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
As unlikely as it was for a group of guys from the New Jersey projects — who were affiliated with mobsters and occasionally incarcerated — to rise to the top of the 1960s pop charts, what may be ev...
Rugelach roundtable: Does this beloved pastry need to be dairy to taste good?
by Robert Gluck, JNS.org
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
Rugelach (singular: rugala) are a beloved traditional Jewish pastry, with a quirky history to boot, but they often present a kosher conundrum. Though pareve, rugelach are often a preferred dessert ...
Can Yom Kippur atonement be accomplished in 140 characters or less?
by Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
Coming from a non-observant family of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union to Israel, a country where many people tend to lead secular lifestyles to begin with, I wasn’t raised in a parti...
A hero disgraced: The story of archives saved, stolen and dispersed
by Neal Gendler, Special to The Chronicle
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
Self-taught historian Szajko Frydman gained fame among scholars for his achievements in preserving history from Europe’s lost Jewish world, but his obsessive zeal and need for income led him to dis...