facebook
twitter

needayoutubeicon donate

style
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 | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
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 | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
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 | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
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 | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Archives
Book review: A ‘rational’ loss of faith is compounded by rejection, disgrace
by Neal Gendler
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 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 | 77 77 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 | 68 68 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...
Free-spending Marlins? Sabbath-observing exec says it makes sense
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
MIAMI — For Joel Mael, the Shabbat-observing vice chairman of the Miami Marlins, the team’s free spending in the offseason was wise from a financial perspective. Signing Giancarlo Stanton, 25, to a...
Book Review A triumph of decency in a French Huguenot village
by Neal Gendler
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
Books and an acclaimed documentary film have made the French Huguenot village of Le Chambon and Pastor André Trocmé well known for sheltering Jews from the Nazis and their Vichy France collaborator...
Diversity takes a starring role at JFilm festival
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
JFilm will open its 22nd annual festival on April 16 with the Pittsburgh premiere of “The Last Mentsch,” a whimsical film about a Holocaust survivor coming to terms with his past, and will continue...
Ayelet Tsabari’s award-winning stories reflect Yemenite background, global outlook
by Beth Kissileff, JTA
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
Ayelet Tsabari acted as a child and teen, appearing in Habima’s youth performances in Israel, a commercial and some student films. Although Tsabari no longer acts, the author of the award-winning “...
The story of Jewish terrorism in its ‘war of national liberation’
by Neal Gendler
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend
After reading Bruce Hoffman’s history of how Jewish terrorism drove Britain from its Palestine Mandate, it’s interesting to consider whether freer Jewish immigration might have prevented or lessene...
Some of Lincoln’s best friends were Jews
by Beth Kissileff, JTA
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 104 104 recommendations | email to a friend
A whopping 16,000 books have been written about President Abraham Lincoln. But a new book and an exhibit at the New York Historical Society tell a previously untold story about Lincoln: his relatio...
Lower East Side candy king holds firm against changing neighborhood
by Debra Nussbaum Cohen, JTA
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 103 103 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Walking into Economy Candy on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, it’s hard to know where to look first. To the foil-clad chocolate rabbits standing sentinel atop sacks of chocolate eggs? The s...