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Menzel hits all the right notes in rousing Benedum Center performance
Toward the beginning of Idina Menzel’s two-hour set at the Benedum Center on Aug. 25, the Tony Award-winning actress remarked, “I was green for a very long time.” The comment was a nod to Menzel’s ...
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Retro Review Influence of 1950s permeates Olson’s short, but powerful collection
While the name Tillie Olsen may not be as familiar today as other Jewish authors from the 1950s, she nevertheless has made an indelible mark on the Jewish literary scene with her renowned short sto...
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Simon Says: Creator of ‘The Wire’ talks about growing up in a house of storytellers
Yonkers, N.Y., may be the setting of David Simon’s newest TV drama “Show Me A Hero” (premiering Aug. 16 on HBO), but the chronicler of the streets of Baltimore — “Homicide,” “The Corner,” “The Wire...
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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For French Jews, resort town of Deauville doubles as a safe haven
DEAUVILLE, France – This seaside community situated 125 miles west of Paris boasts windswept beaches, turquoise-water marinas, a grand casino, a race track and an Olympic-size swimming pool. Deauvi...
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Helping Hollywood get Chasidim right
by Miriam Moster, JTA
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 166 166 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — When it comes to Chasidic characters in movies, film consultant Elli Meyer believes that the real deal trumps a random actor in costume. But that approach isn’t without its challenges. M...
‘Parade’ offers a powerful tale of an American blood libel
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 168 168 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Retro Review ‘Rachel Calof’s Story: Jewish Homesteader on the Northern Plains’
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jul 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 199 199 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
For Iranian-born actors, Israel’s first Farsi movie carries echo of lost home
by Ben Sales, JTA
Jul 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 179 179 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
From dance tunes to stories, Simply Tsfat rocks Pittsburgh with a joy for Jewish life
by Simone Shapiro, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 14, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 162 162 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
In L.A., children of Holocaust survivors say ‘Never Again’ — with guns
by Anthony Weiss
May 21, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 157 157 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES — It’s a sunny morning in Southern California, and Lea Rosenfeld, a soft-spoken, bespectacled woman who looks like a Jewish grandmother, squares her feet, faces her target and squeezes ...
In eye of Nazi storm, Dutch Jews found unlikely refuge
by Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 168 168 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Begin bio contrasts two styles of leadership
by Neal Gendler
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 194 194 recommendations | email to a friend
Menachem Begin, The Battle for Israel’s Soul, By Daniel Gordis, Schocken, 311 pages
Anne Frank’s birthday inspires music festival’s theme of heroes, heroines
by Bee Schindler
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 193 193 recommendations | email to a friend
Eighty-five years ago, one of the world’s most famous autobiographers was born. “Anne Frank: A Living Voice” is a lyrical tribute to the spirit of the young woman who spent two years hiding in an o...
Retro Review
by Hilary Daninhirsch
May 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 158 158 recommendations | email to a friend
Edward Lewis Wallant charted new waters with ‘The Pawnbroker’