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A complicated text about a complicated British PM
“Disraeli: The Novel Politician” by David Cesarani, Yale, 304 pages, $25 “Dizzy,” “The Old Jew,” and “eminently clever, but superlatively vulgar,” were just some of the epithets Prime Minister Benj...
Aug 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Olympics: 7 Jewish American Olympians to watch in Rio
There are athletes, and then there are Olympic athletes. And then there are Jewish Olympic athletes. When the 2016 Summer Olympics open Friday, we’ll of course be cheering the American athletes — a...
Aug 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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The ‘Indignation’ of Philip Roth
“Indignation” depicts a working class Jewish student from Newark, N.J., who attends a small Ohio college where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection. In many ways, it is a c...
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Getting ‘UnREAL’ with actress Shiri Appleby: Actress dishes on playing a Jewish, feminist antihero
In the world of television, Rachel Goldberg is a rare character: a Jewish, female antihero. She’s the main character in “UnREAL,” a scripted drama on Lifetime about the behind-the-scenes world of a...
Jul 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Once war-torn, Vietnam now popular with Western tourists
by Ben G. Frank, Special to the Chronicle
Jun 03, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 97 97 recommendations | email to a friend
Who would have dreamed that the war-ravaged Vietnam of the 1960s would become one of the most in-destinations for Western tourists? And that American and French Jews, as well as Israelis, would be ...
Agnieszka Kurant and the art of what’s missing
by Lucy Blatter, JTA
Jun 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 97 97 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — On June 5, Agnieszka Kurant will become one of only a handful of artists to have their work adorn the famous curved facade of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum here. Kurant’s “The End of ...
Retro Review: Humor is a teaching tool in revisiting ‘Up the Down Staircase’
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 97 97 recommendations | email to a friend
“In homeroom … they went after me with all their ammunition:  whistling, shouting, drumming on desks, clacking inkwell lids, playing catch with the board eraser, sprawling in their seats to trip ea...
With this Bellow’s collection, there really is something to think about
by Neal Gendler
May 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
Aptly named, Benjamin Taylor’s collection of nonfiction by Nobel-winning novelist Saul Bellow can seem like its title: 512 thought-provoking pages of Bellow on life, aspirations, disappointments, c...
On this Front Porch, young, local artists grab a deserving spotlight
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
May 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 108 108 recommendations | email to a friend
Summer and romance go together so well that local theater company Front Porch Theatricals kicks off its season May 22 with “The Last Five Years,” a piece detailing five years in the lives of a New ...
Imagination gives first-graders chance to build bridge to diversity
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
May 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 108 108 recommendations | email to a friend
In a kind of “Muppets” meets writing workshop, a weeklong experimental program at Hillel Academy tested the idea that technology — and some fun — could promote inclusivity and develop writing skill...
At Bergen-Belsen memorial, warnings and worry on Holocaust remembrance
by Toby Axelrod, JTA
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 123 123 recommendations | email to a friend
LOHHEIDE, Germany — At the former Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, hundreds of survivors, along with their children and grandchildren, stood together on April 26 under gray skies on a ground alive...
Book review: A ‘rational’ loss of faith is compounded by rejection, disgrace
by Neal Gendler
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 119 119 recommendations | email to a friend
Shulem Deen’s journey from Skverer Hasid to Brooklyn unbeliever is a fascinating, disturbing memoir of loss — loss of faith, family and a once-certain future. His former community, taught not to qu...
Gold on the Galilee: Israeli kayaker comes of age, eyes Olympics
by Orit Arfa, JNS.org
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 128 128 recommendations | email to a friend
Three years ago, kayaking coach Roei Lev found aspiring Olympian Ilya Podpolnyy crying on the steps of the Jordan Valley Sprint Kayak Club overlooking the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Podpolnyy, then...
London benefactor grooming tennis champs in Israel — and he has a prized pupil
by Howard Blas, JTA
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 120 120 recommendations | email to a friend
Can Yishai Oliel become Israel’s version of tennis champion Novak Djokovic? London businessman David Coffer is hoping the Ramle teenager can someday join such heady company — and he’s backing up hi...