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From Homeland to PSO, Judaism infuses star’s performances
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...
Mar 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Cupcakes’ a sweet opening to this year’s JFilm Festival
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...
Mar 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish life thrives in this tiny Central American republic
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 ...
Mar 02, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Tale of Two Avrahams’ gives historical spin to mystery genre
“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...
Feb 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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A Jewish presence continues in this jungle land
by Ben G. Frank
For the Chronicle
Feb 03, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
You don’t have to take the “Road to Mandalay, Where the flyin’ fishes play,” to find the Jews of Burma, a country where little has changed since British colonial times over a half century ago. Fly ...
Jewish engineering student to make durable EVs in ’Burgh
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Feb 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
A University of Pittsburgh senior, who plans to make aliya this summer, is starting his own electric bike company, which he hopes will be a hit here and in the Jewish state. Micah Toll, 22, was the...
Bubbe’s recipes
by Susie Davidson
JointMedia News Service
Jan 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
A University of Pittsburgh senior, who plans to make aliya this summer, is starting his own electric bike company, which he hopes will be a hit here and in the Jewish state. Micah Toll, 22, was the...
Real life memoir of immigrant life in America
by Hilary Daninhirsch
Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor’s note: This is the last in a yearlong series in which Chronicle Correspondent Hilary Daninhirsch reviewed Jewish-themed books that have been out of print for decades, or remain in print bu...
Who is—the latest Jewish trivia whiz?
by Ken Mandel
JointMedia News Service
Jan 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Answer: Jason Keller. The man who won $213,900 over the course of nine episodes on Jeopardy!, the classic quiz show, now envisions traveling to Israel for competitive Scrabble. While many Jews who ...
Israeli art legacy
by Susie Davidson
JNS
Jan 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
About 10 times per year, Menachem Safrai helps pack some 120 crates with watercolors, serigraphs, woodcuts, oils, prints, tapestry, sculpture and other art forms, as well as many large white pegboa...
‘Dovekeepers’ a tale of Masada as grim death approaches
by Hilary Daninhirsch
Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
One hallmark of a good writer is finding a new way to tell an old story. Fans of Alice Hoffman will be surprised, and yet pleased, to discover “The Dovekeepers,” a fresh version of the story of Mas...
The brew that’s fit for a Jew
by Matt Robinson
JNS
Jan 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Manischewitz has its role, but now and then, a Jew needs a good cold beer. Shmaltz Brewing Co., with headquarters in San Francisco and a brewery in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has been producing beers ...
Was Grant an anti-Semite? Read this book and find out
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Jan 05, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Can Jewish political influence in the United States trace its start to the worst act of discrimination Jews ever experienced in this country? Jonathan Sarna certainly thinks so. The acclaimed autho...
Come back to Jamaica; Judaism is thriving
by Paul Foer
JNS
Dec 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
The many Cohens and Levys in the Jamaican phone books may not be practicing Jews, though they most likely recognize that they may be descendants of Sephardic Jews who settled there after fleeing th...