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In first, expat author Ruby Namdar wins Israel’s leading literary prize
Israel’s biggest literary prize, the Sapir Prize, has the drama and mystery of a lottery. The identity of the judges remains secret until shortly before the ceremony, when they meet for an early di...
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ariel Kleiman back at Sundance with feature debut, a dark drama
PARK CITY, Utah — Sporting a droopy mustache and a sheepish smile, and dressed auteur-casual in a cloth jacket, rolled-up pants and work boots, nothing about filmmaker Ariel Kleiman’s appearance su...
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War of words takes Jewish theater world by storm
WASHINGTON — A growing chorus of arts professionals are speaking out on behalf of Ari Roth, the celebrated artistic director of Washington, D.C.’s Theater J who was fired last month by his employer...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 143 143 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Pepper, Silk & Ivory’ provides remarkable missing page of Jewish history
The history and culture of European Jewry is widely known, but many people are unfamiliar with the Jews of Asia and the contributions that Jews made in Asian countries. For example, small pockets o...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 142 142 recommendations | email to a friend
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Breaking the fast and staying in control on Yom Kippur
by Deborah Beck Busis, For the Chronicle
Sep 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 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 | 70 70 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 | 71 71 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 | 73 73 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 | 57 57 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 | 65 65 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...
Jewish and Israeli film festivals showcasing Israel’s feature and documentary films help form impressions of Israel
by Judy Lash Balint, JNS.org
Jul 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
A majority of American Jews has never stepped foot in Israel, according to the 2012 survey of American Jewish Opinion conducted by the American Jewish Committee. So outside of news items about the ...
‘Golden Harvest’ a disturbing account of Polish complicity in Shoa
by Neal Gendler
Jun 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
Poles living near death camps such as Treblinka found both pleasure and profit in the killing of Jews, a people living in Poland 800 years. A postwar photo in which peasants and militia appear to b...
Nelson: Kosher Gospel is ‘taking hallelujah back’
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
May 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 163 163 recommendations | email to a friend
Joshua Nelson remembers being served collard greens at his family’s seder table. It’s a far cry from the typical parsley and celery, but probably emblematic of Nelson’s culturally melded upbringing...
Carol Leifer finds humor in a loaf of rye, and other life moments
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
May 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 151 151 recommendations | email to a friend
When stand-up comic and television writer Carol Leifer came out as a lesbian to her Long Island Jewish parents, she was already in her 40s, and had been married and divorced from a man. But she was...