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Rugelach roundtable: Does this beloved pastry need to be dairy to taste good?
Rugelach (singular: rugala) are a beloved traditional Jewish pastry, with a quirky history to boot, but they often present a kosher conundrum. Though pareve, rugelach are often a preferred dessert ...
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Can Yom Kippur atonement be accomplished in 140 characters or less?
Coming from a non-observant family of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union to Israel, a country where many people tend to lead secular lifestyles to begin with, I wasn’t raised in a parti...
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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A hero disgraced: The story of archives saved, stolen and dispersed
Self-taught historian Szajko Frydman gained fame among scholars for his achievements in preserving history from Europe’s lost Jewish world, but his obsessive zeal and need for income led him to dis...
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Menzel hits all the right notes in rousing Benedum Center performance
Toward the beginning of Idina Menzel’s two-hour set at the Benedum Center on Aug. 25, the Tony Award-winning actress remarked, “I was green for a very long time.” The comment was a nod to Menzel’s ...
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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At 89, Jerry Lewis, legendary Jewish comic and humanitarian, adds another honor to his distinguished resume
by Robert Gluck, JNS.org
Jul 15, 2015 | 2 2 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Through appreciation of both his comedy and humanitarian work, legendary Jewish entertainer Jerry Lewis is staying relevant at age 89. The only comic to ever be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, L...
Retro Book Review: Lower East Side poverty paints sometimes horrific picture of immigrants’ dashed hopes
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jul 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The cycle of poverty, hopelessness and despair among Jewish immigrants in New York’s Lower East Side is the thrust of “Jews Without Money,” the only novel by Michael Gold, published in 1930.   Semi...
Book Review: Learning the lessons of reflection … and to take nothing for granted
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
By Masha Shollar Special to The Chronicle Jewish mysticism undeservedly suffers from a bad reputation. Some believe it’s a playground for pseudo-spiritualists to wax profound; others believe it to ...
Heating up your summer menus
by Taylor Orlin, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
July’s rising temperatures get me so excited by the endless possibilities for healthy cooking. Below is a compilation of some classic summer comfort foods — but with my own personal twist. Many of ...
Rediscovering Jewish Palermo
by Irene Shaland and Bianca Del Bello, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 02, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Barbara Aiello, the first female and non-Orthodox rabbi to head the first modern Liberal synagogue in Italy, describes the Anousim or “the forced ones” of the South of Italy as people who are...
‘Orange is the New Black’: Best Jewish moments from the new season
by Linda Buchwald, JTA
Jul 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
“Orange Is the New Black” protagonist Piper Chapman may no longer have a Jewish fiancé, but that doesn’t mean that Judaism isn’t a huge part of the new season of the Netflix hit. In fact, religious...
Mike’s Place, the real Israel, gets well-deserved attention
by Neil Gendler
Jul 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
At first glance, “Mike’s Place” appears to be a graphic novel — like a comic book for grown-ups — based around a real event, the suicide bombing of a popular beachfront bar in 2003. But in their ep...
Aging wisely takes practice: a guide for mindful living
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Death of a loved one, retirement or children simply aging and moving out prompt newfound acquisitions of time. With freedom from prior responsibilities comes myriad opportunities and often introspe...
Thanks to writer Etgar Keret, the ‘feuilleton’ is alive and well in Israel
by Alan Elsner, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Before writing his seminal book “Der Judenstaat,” the father of the modern Zionist movement, Theodore Herzl, was a writer of a literary form known as the “feuilleton.” These were short articles or ...
Pittsburgh native’s first novel became his first screenplay — and a film capturing Sundance awards
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
When you hear the words “teenager with a terminal illness,” it’s likely that the place your brain leaps to isn’t, “very funny.” Yet Jesse Andrews, author of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” has ma...