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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 | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish women persevere behind the camera
Surpassing $3 million in box office receipts, writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s feature debut “Obvious Child” was one of the surprise indie hits of last year. Not bad for a low-budget movie abo...
Jan 15, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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I.B. Singer’s sister a literary power in her own right
The English-speaking world for many years was deprived of the writings of Esther Singer Kreitman, who was forced into the shadows of invisibility based primarily on her gender. In fact, Kreitman wa...
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Herzl’s Vision’ opened Zionists’ eyes to the reality of a Jewish state
It’s common knowledge that the trial of French Capt. Alfred Dreyfus led Viennese journalist Theodor Herzl to propose the idea of a Jewish nation. It’s also wrong, says Shlomo Avineri. In “Herzl’s V...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Indie band Bulletproof Stockings refreshingly original
Aug 15, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 33 33 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 | 41 41 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 | 38 38 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 | 57 57 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 | 56 56 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 | 45 45 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...
Packed house (of prayer)
May 24, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
A capacity audience looks on as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh perform Wednesday, May 16, in the main sanctuary of Rodef Shalom Congregation. The performa...
Jewish Pittsburgh artists attracting international attention
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
May 22, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
There is some pretty great art coming out of Jewish Pittsburgh these days. And the world is beginning to take notice. While the canvases of mixed-medium artist Zivi Aviraz are being exhibited at pr...
2012 Jewish Music Festival opens with Krakauer, ‘Arye’
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
May 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
This year’s Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival will reach beyond its traditional emphasis on Yiddish and Eastern European musical roots, expanding its scope to include the exploration of multicultura...
Jewish teens volunteer in International Day of Giving
by By Ilana Yergin
Chronicle Correspondent
Apr 28, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
Around 250 teens came together from all across Pittsburgh to participate in J-Serve, an international day of Jewish youth service. “The idea is to foster this connection for teens to the community ...