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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 | 20 20 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 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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In eye of Nazi storm, Dutch Jews found unlikely refuge
MAASTRICHT, Netherlands — In her nightmares, Tilly Walvis pictured German soldiers storming the house where she was hiding and deporting her children and the Christian couple sheltering them. Walvi...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Retro Review
Edward Lewis Wallant charted new waters with ‘The Pawnbroker’
May 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pittsburgh writer living in Crown Heights discovers community
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Apr 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
Writer Rebecca Dana clearly holds a special place for Pittsburgh in her heart, albeit colored by a good dose of Jewish guilt. “It’s so fun to see the 412 area code!” the 30-year-old now-Manhattanit...
Multimedia production of ‘Dybbuk’ to premiere here
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Apr 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
The 10th annual Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival will be unlike any previous season. The venue has changed to the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side. Also, instead of a series of programs, there...
Another Tattler prediction come true: AMC’s 1960s New York drama series returns—full of ascendant Jews
by Rachel Shukert, Tablet
Apr 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
O ye of little faith. I told you. Didn’t I tell you, in my last piece about Mad Men [1] , on these very pages, that things were about to get very, very Jewish all up in Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce...
‘Return of Violin’ builds to impressive ending in week one of JFilm Festival
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Apr 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
No movie director could make up a story like this. A little Jewish boy from Czestochowa, Poland, plays the violin with such virtuosity that a nobleman makes him a gift of a priceless Stradivarius, ...
Film Fest opens with ‘Paris-Manhattan’
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Apr 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
If you’re a Woody Allen fan, you’ll love “Paris-Manhattan,” the opening night movie for the 2013 JFilm Festival. And even if you’re not (like me), you will at least appreciate it. This light French...
Single Files: Ari is a giver, a people person and lots of fun at coffee shops
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Mar 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
I enter the coffee shop and scan the room looking for Ari. I finally spot him comfortable on a couch, heavily engaged in conversation with an older man who seems to be important to him. I cannot he...
Three Jewish women showcased at Westmoreland art exhibit
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Mar 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
Three Jewish artists are being featured at a “pop-up” show at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg. The show opens Wednesday, March 6, and runs through Sunday, March 31. Ruth Levin...
Eddie Rosenstein uses humor to make very real, serious films
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Mar 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
How did a nice Jewish boy from Squirrel Hill end up in an East Harlem drug rehabilitation center? Fortunately, for Eddie Rosenstein, it wasn’t for treatment, but it was to create the award-winning ...
More finalists from CMU named for March 21 Campus Superstar finale
by Sam Lapin, Chronicle Correspondent
Mar 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
Three more finalists have been named in the 2013 “Campus Superstar” competition. They are among the 10 finalists who will vie for a $5,000 grand prize Thursday, March 21, at Carnegie Music Hall in ...
Pittsburgh comedian leaves them in stitches at The Moth
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Mar 04, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
No joke: Alan Olifson moved from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh about two years ago so he would have more opportunities to perform comedy. As it turned out, he was right. Olifson, who hosts The Moth’s m...