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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 | 2 2 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 | 6 6 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...
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Tzohar Seminary showcases students’ talents in the performing arts
by Susan Jacobs Jablow, For the Chronicle
Jun 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 188 188 recommendations | email to a friend
One of the foundational tenets of Judaism is that G-d is the Creator. On a smaller scale, artists are also creators. The year-end presentation from Tzohar Seminary, titled “Creation,” showcased stu...
‘Other Desert Cities’ shines wisecracking light on assimilation
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jun 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 199 199 recommendations | email to a friend
Polly Wyeth, the WASP-ish matriarch in “Other Desert Cities,” opening at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Thursday, May 30, does not approve of her sister Silda’s fake Pucci blouse — a real bargain f...
First woman Hebrew novelist Sara Foner bucked the times
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
May 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 182 182 recommendations | email to a friend
Sarah Feiga Foner is not exactly a household name, but the late 19th-century novelist, who lived in Pittsburgh for the last 28 years of her life, holds an important distinction: she was the first w...
Kollel to showcase musicians at May 20 benefit concert
May 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 147 147 recommendations | email to a friend
Kollel Jewish Learning Center will feature two well-known local musicians in a benefit concert it is hosting, the “Night of Music,” Monday, May 20, 7:30 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center in Squi...
Susie Fishbein makes cooking demo in Fox Chapel home
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
May 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 112 112 recommendations | email to a friend
Since too many cooks may very well spoil the broth, the 60 women who gathered at Cindy Gerber’s palatial Fox Chapel home on May 1 were content to watch Susie Fishbein do all the cooking herself. An...
Single Files: Cheryl loves to have a good time, but don’t get the wrong idea
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
May 08, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 119 119 recommendations | email to a friend
Here is how I would like to start this column: “For a good time, call Cheryl.” But I wouldn’t want to give the wrong impression. Let’s try this: “Cheryl is an absolute pleasure to be around. And sh...
Rodef Shalom, Tree of Life-Or L’Simcha capture Synagogue League titles
by Jesse Irwin, Chronicle Correspondent
May 02, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 120 120 recommendations | email to a friend
In what were six spectacular displays of basketball, the Synagogue Basketball Leagues of the Jewish Community Center crowned their champions and concluded the 2013 season. Rodef Shalom took the Hig...
Pittsburgh writer living in Crown Heights discovers community
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Apr 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 117 117 recommendations | email to a friend
Writer Rebecca Dana clearly holds a special place for Pittsburgh in her heart, albeit colored by a good dose of Jewish guilt. “It’s so fun to see the 412 area code!” the 30-year-old now-Manhattanit...
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...