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‘Parade’ offers a powerful tale of an American blood libel
A young girl is found dead in the factory where she worked. There are three suspects for the brutal murder: the black night watchman, the black janitor and the Jewish factory superintendent. The to...
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Retro Review ‘Rachel Calof’s Story: Jewish Homesteader on the Northern Plains’
When Rachel Bella Kahn was a girl growing up in Russia, she certainly never imagined that one day she’d end up as a pioneer woman on the prairies of North Dakota. She was born in 1876, and almost f...
Jul 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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For Iranian-born actors, Israel’s first Farsi movie carries echo of lost home
AYANOT, Israel — An Iranian-Israeli director and a group of Iranian-born actors are making a movie in Farsi, the language of Iran. “Baba Joon,” a story of familial conflict between three generation...
Jul 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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From dance tunes to stories, Simply Tsfat rocks Pittsburgh with a joy for Jewish life
The Baal Shem Tov, founder of Chasidism, explained niggunim as “songs that transcend syllables and sound.” On Sunday night, June 29, that soulful nature was on display, as Simply Tsaf, a group of t...
Jul 14, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Need some needling? There’s an app for that
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Aug 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 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 | 30 30 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 | 24 24 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 | 21 21 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 | 27 27 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 | 62 62 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 | 97 97 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 | 153 153 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 | 194 194 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 | 189 189 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...