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Love, murder, politics and diplomacy: Here’s what the staff of The Chronicle is reading this summer
“Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide” by Michael B. Oren Random House, 2015 377 pages — $30 For those who know me it will come as no surprise that the book that tops my reading list...
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Touch of Pray: Celebrating Shabbat and the Grateful Dead
CHICAGO — What a long, strange trip it’s been for Shu Eliovson. The American-born resident of Kfar Maimon, a religious moshav in southern Israel, Eliovson is an ordained rabbi, though an unconventi...
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‘Amy’ proffers dismal recap of Winehouse’s raw, abbreviated life
Amy Winehouse, the brash little Jewish girl with the great big voice, died four years ago this month. There are any number of ways to mark that unhappy anniversary and draw inspiration from the Bri...
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At 89, Jerry Lewis, legendary Jewish comic and humanitarian, adds another honor to his distinguished resume
Through appreciation of both his comedy and humanitarian work, legendary Jewish entertainer Jerry Lewis is staying relevant at age 89. The only comic to ever be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, L...
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Multimedia production of ‘Dybbuk’ to premiere here
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Apr 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 106 106 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 | 97 97 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 | 105 105 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 | 97 97 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 | 117 117 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 | 86 86 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 | 97 97 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 | 84 84 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 | 88 88 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...
A new documentary looks at the many iterations of the popular tune, from Hasidic niggun to American kitsch
by Vox Tablet
Mar 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
“Hava Nagila” is perhaps the best-known Jewish song in the United States. Jewish and non-Jewish wedding and bar/bat mitzvah attendees alike know that its first few notes are our cue to link arms on...