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Writer Calvin Trillin dishes about civil rights, Judaism and the art of reporting
Writer Calvin Trillin may be most famous today for his humorous musings on food, family, travel and love. But before he won the Thurber Prize for Humor in 2013, before “Uncivil Liberties,” his humo...
Jul 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Options abound when cooking with red orbs of goodness
I love the scent of ripe tomatoes warmed by the sun. At their peak during the summer months, tomatoes taste better than they do all year. These juicy jewels star in all kinds of salads — from side ...
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Iran, the Holocaust, ‘Septembers of Shiraz’ — and me
“Septembers of Shiraz” is a film about a prosperous Jewish family in Iran caught up in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution that overthrew the shah. It’s based on Dalia Sofer’s well-received 2007 n...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Ruby of Cochin’ provides firsthand look at bygone era of India’s Jews
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Special to The Chronicle
Mar 10, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
The Indian Jewish community remains largely unfamiliar to modern Jews; it was therefore quite a surprise to have discovered “Ruby of Cochin: An Indian Woman Remembers,” a memoir by Ruby Daniel. Dan...
Key to good sex and relationships? Take risks, says Orthodox sex therapist
by Laura Kelly, JTA
Feb 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES — What makes for good sex? It’s an unusual question for the wife of an Orthodox rabbi to talk about publicly, but Doreen Seidler-Feller has made a career of it. A clinical sex therapist...
St. Petersburg, the Russian city on the Neva, enjoys a Jewish presence
by Ben G. Frank, Special to The Chronicle
Feb 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
I visited St. Petersburg for the first time in the early 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union. I noted that buildings were often entered through courtyards that existed in the days of the great...
Globe Briefs February 25
Feb 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
IDF releases attack-warning app The Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command has released a mobile application to warn Israelis of local security threats. The application, detailed in a call with r...
At Utah’s on-slope Shabbat service, ski boots required
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Feb 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
PARK CITY, Utah — It may be the most elevated Shabbat service in the country, and not just because of the spirited singing. Held in a rustic cabin in the woods off a ski slope at Deer Valley resort...
At Benedum, not your same ‘Cabaret’ this time around
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
The seedy glamour of the Kit Kat Klub with its bawdy emcee in “Cabaret” provide an unsettling but fitting backdrop to the story of the hard-living entertainer Sally Bowles in Weimar Germany. But it...
Jewish framework gives mystery series its unique, enduring flavor - Retro Review
by By Hilary Daninhirsch Special to The Chronicle
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Faye Kellerman’s introduction of beloved fictional characters Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, a homicide detective and an Orthodox Jewish teacher who fall in ...
Allen’s sidekick, Tony Roberts, on teetering on the edge of fame
by Lonnie Firestone, JTA
Jan 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — There’s a memorable scene in “Annie Hall” when Woody Allen’s character, Alvy Singer, rants about finding anti-Semites everywhere he goes. “You know, I was having lunch with some guys fro...
The Jewish TV show you should be watching: ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’
by Linda Buchwald, JTA
Jan 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — If the ratings for CW’s newest show, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” are any indication, you probably aren’t watching it. If not, you’re missing out. Now that creator and star Rachel Bloom is a G...
For ex-baseball players, Israel is a place to learn, teach
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Jan 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
Out of baseball after four years playing in the minor leagues, Brent Powers, a Christian from Texas, took a tour of Israel last year with his wife. He was smitten with the country and considered ho...