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Leonard Cohen, whose Jewish-infused poetry and songs inspired generations, is dead at 82
Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter whose Jewish-infused work became a soundtrack for melancholy, has died. He was 82. “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwrite...
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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How a bat mitzvah helped inspire a ‘Good Girls Revolt’
Men were writers and women were researchers. That’s the way it was when Lynn Povich and 45 of her colleagues at Newsweek decided to take a stand. In 1970, the women banded together and became the f...
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Three Rivers debuts quintessential Pittsburgh story
“It’s a film by a Pittsburgher, about a Pittsburgher, partially shot in Pittsburgh,” Eddie Rosenstein says of his movie, “The Freedom to Marry,” which kicks off this year’s Three Rivers Film Festiv...
Nov 10, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laughing all the way from the shtetl to ‘Seinfeld’
There is no denying we are a pretty funny people. From Henny Youngman to Jerry Seinfeld to Sacha Baron Cohen, there seems to be something in our DNA that just keeps us laughing. Nationally recogniz...
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The Supreme Court’s Jeffersonian Jew
by Neal Gendler, Special to The Chronicle
Aug 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 143 143 recommendations | email to a friend
“Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet” by Jeffrey Rosen, Yale, 256 pages, $25 Today’s mania for consolidation likely would have offended the Jeffersonian sensibilities of U.S. Supreme Court Justice ...
A complicated text about a complicated British PM
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Aug 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 143 143 recommendations | email to a friend
“Disraeli: The Novel Politician” by David Cesarani, Yale, 304 pages, $25 “Dizzy,” “The Old Jew,” and “eminently clever, but superlatively vulgar,” were just some of the epithets Prime Minister Benj...
Olympics: 7 Jewish American Olympians to watch in Rio
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
Aug 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 142 142 recommendations | email to a friend
There are athletes, and then there are Olympic athletes. And then there are Jewish Olympic athletes. When the 2016 Summer Olympics open Friday, we’ll of course be cheering the American athletes — a...
The ‘Indignation’ of Philip Roth
by Jared Feldschreiber, Special to The Chronicle
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 146 146 recommendations | email to a friend
“Indignation” depicts a working class Jewish student from Newark, N.J., who attends a small Ohio college where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection. In many ways, it is a c...
Getting ‘UnREAL’ with actress Shiri Appleby: Actress dishes on playing a Jewish, feminist antihero
by Linda Buchwald, JTA
Jul 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 164 164 recommendations | email to a friend
In the world of television, Rachel Goldberg is a rare character: a Jewish, female antihero. She’s the main character in “UnREAL,” a scripted drama on Lifetime about the behind-the-scenes world of a...
Writer Calvin Trillin dishes about civil rights, Judaism and the art of reporting
by Curt Schleier, JTA
Jul 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 196 196 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Options abound when cooking with red orbs of goodness
by Linda Morel , Special to The Chronicle
Jul 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 189 189 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
Iran, the Holocaust, ‘Septembers of Shiraz’ — and me
by Curt Schleier, JTA
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 198 198 recommendations | email to a friend
“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...
Author’s first novel tackles the clouds, despair of bipolar II disorder
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 180 180 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Author’s roundabout journey to Orthodoxy includes website for writers
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 177 177 recommendations | email to a friend
“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...