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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 | 8 8 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 | 39 39 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 | 34 34 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 | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Kosher by Design’ author reflects on books, kosher and cooking
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Nov 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
Anyone who can read can follow a recipe, according to Susie Fishbein.  But to be a really good cook — a “free cook” — one needs good techniques. Fishbein sets forth many of those techniques in “Kos...
Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh to present ‘Driving Miss Daisy’
Oct 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh (JTOP) continues its comeback season by presenting Alfred Uhry’s stage play, “Driving Miss Daisy.” Set in Atlanta, the story follows the seemingly contentious but g...
Jewish painter uses famous artist’s style to express ‘Jewishness’
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Oct 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
It might be fair to describe Deborah Kass as a 21st-century, Jewish feminist Andy Warhol. The artist, who has the chutzpa to substitute her own face for that of Elizabeth Taylor in her Warhol-inspi...
‘Incessant Visions’ a compelling film of greatest architect you never heard of
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Oct 15, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Erich Mendelsohn, a German Jewish architect, left his creative mark across Europe and pre-independence Palestine, but aside from his work with the U.S. Army during World War II, he remains largely ...
Breaking the fast and staying in control on Yom Kippur
by Deborah Beck Busis, For the Chronicle
Sep 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
PHILADELPHIA — Eating reasonably during Yom Kippur break fast can be challenging.  Many people think it’s reasonable to eat whatever they want, in whatever quantity they want.  But they can easily ...
Sandwich wars may be over as Jewish delis fade away
by Robert Gluck, JNS.org
Aug 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
Which famous Jewish deli makes the best pastrami sandwich? Relax, you need not debate that question much longer. Most traditional Jewish delis are dead or dying. But one man isn’t ready to set asid...
MOTs playing ball in ’Burgh for 130 years
Aug 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor’s note: This is a revised version of a story that appeared in the Chronicle three years ago. It is reprinted here in advance of Jewish Heritage Night at PNC Park, Tuesday, Aug. 28.)   They ...
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dances through Israel
by Justin Jacobs, For the Chronicle
Aug 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
Call it love at first sashay. When the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, in its first international tour in almost two decades, landed in Israel last week for a tour of the country, few could have suspect...
Indie band Bulletproof Stockings refreshingly original
Aug 15, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
Sure, a Chassidic indie rock girl band is a bit of a novelty, but that is not the reason to take a listen to Bulletproof Stockings. No, the reasons to listen to Bulletproof Stockings are the soulfu...
Pittsburgher’s film of famed record store makes local debut
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Aug 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
If you are old enough — or young enough — to remember radio in the ’70s and ’80s, the name Dr. Demento might ring a bell. The good doctor had a nationally broadcast radio show originating from unde...