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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 | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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In eye of Nazi storm, Dutch Jews found unlikely refuge
by Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 168 168 recommendations | email to a friend
MAASTRICHT, Netherlands — In her nightmares, Tilly Walvis pictured German soldiers storming the house where she was hiding and deporting her children and the Christian couple sheltering them. Walvi...
Begin bio contrasts two styles of leadership
by Neal Gendler
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 194 194 recommendations | email to a friend
Menachem Begin, The Battle for Israel’s Soul, By Daniel Gordis, Schocken, 311 pages
Anne Frank’s birthday inspires music festival’s theme of heroes, heroines
by Bee Schindler
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 193 193 recommendations | email to a friend
Eighty-five years ago, one of the world’s most famous autobiographers was born. “Anne Frank: A Living Voice” is a lyrical tribute to the spirit of the young woman who spent two years hiding in an o...
Retro Review
by Hilary Daninhirsch
May 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 158 158 recommendations | email to a friend
Edward Lewis Wallant charted new waters with ‘The Pawnbroker’




Shoah Survival Suffuses Rogers Assistant’s Mission
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Apr 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 200 200 recommendations | email to a friend
There exists a direct link between the messages of Fred Rogers and moving through traumatic adversity such as the Holocaust. Hedda Bluestone Sharapan spent 45 years working side by side with “Miste...
Five-part ‘Story of the Jews’ premieres on PBS
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Mar 19, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 193 193 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s impossible to tell the story of the Jews in five hours, but Simon Schama comes pretty close. Schama, a British historian, documentarian and contributing editor to the Financial Times, is the h...
From Homeland to PSO, Judaism infuses star’s performances
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Mar 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 191 191 recommendations | email to a friend
Mandy Patinkin, the actor, has been celebrated for decades for roles ranging from the revenge-seeking swashbuckler Inigo Montoya in the iconic film “The Princess Bride,” to his Emmy-winning portray...
‘Cupcakes’ a sweet opening to this year’s JFilm Festival
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Mar 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 187 187 recommendations | email to a friend
This year’s JFilm festival will open with a good laugh instead of a dark drama. “Cupcakes,” an Israeli comedy, which garnered positive reviews from the Jerusalem Post, will be the opening night mov...
Jewish life thrives in this tiny Central American republic
by Simone Shapiro, For the Chronicle
Mar 02, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 169 169 recommendations | email to a friend
Shabbat in Pittsburgh: Do you look out the window thinking, “Nineteen degrees, the streets are full of ice and snow, the roads are slushy and slippery, and with the wind chill it’s 8 degrees. Do I ...
‘Tale of Two Avrahams’ gives historical spin to mystery genre
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Feb 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 198 198 recommendations | email to a friend
“A Tale of Two Avrahams,” by Avraham Avi-hai, is the story (actually, stories) of two men running for their lives — 500 years apart. And by accident of fate, one Avraham becomes the custodian of th...