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For Iranian-born actors, Israel’s first Farsi movie carries echo of lost home
AYANOT, Israel — An Iranian-Israeli director and a group of Iranian-born actors are making a movie in Farsi, the language of Iran. “Baba Joon,” a story of familial conflict between three generation...
Jul 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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From dance tunes to stories, Simply Tsfat rocks Pittsburgh with a joy for Jewish life
The Baal Shem Tov, founder of Chasidism, explained niggunim as “songs that transcend syllables and sound.” On Sunday night, June 29, that soulful nature was on display, as Simply Tsaf, a group of t...
Jul 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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In eye of Nazi storm, Dutch Jews found unlikely refuge
MAASTRICHT, Netherlands — In her nightmares, Tilly Walvis pictured German soldiers storming the house where she was hiding and deporting her children and the Christian couple sheltering them. Walvi...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Retro Review
Edward Lewis Wallant charted new waters with ‘The Pawnbroker’
May 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Beth Shalom cantor releases his first CD
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Jan 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
Don’t look for a common theme in Cantor Ben Rosner’s recently released CD, Songs of Strength and Spirit. There isn’t one. “There is not a common theme to this album,” Rosner, the chazzen of Congreg...
The host of Obama’s second inaugural party, Sen. Charles Schumer, is America’s lovable Jewish Uncle Leo
by Rachel Shukert, Tablet
Jan 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
My dear congregation, you may notice I am sermonizing to you a little earlier than usual this week. This is because I want to talk to you about something that happened on Monday, before Suri Cruise...
Campus Superstar field whittled to 10 as finals night approaches
by Sam Lapin, Chronicle correspondent
Jan 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
Some 125 people crammed into the third floor of the Hillel Jewish University Center on Thursday evening to listen to 29 students from universities around Pittsburgh make their case to move on to th...
Balka exhibit reflects Jewish life in 19th-, 20th-century America
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
The latest exhibit at the American Jewish Museum of Pittsburgh is a chronicle on canvas of the trials of Jews in the 19th- and 20th- century America compiled by a single art collector. The new Anna...
Jewish Pittsburgh native rigs cameras for groundbreaking film
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Jan 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
For three years, Adam LeWinter went to work in some of the coldest places on earth. He did it for the adventure. He did it for the challenge. And he did it to send a chilling message to the world: ...
Is Superman Jewish? Read this book and find out
by Neal Gendler, For the Chronicle
Jan 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Is Superman Jewish? Yes, very much so, at least in his early years, but in his character, not his personality. The later Spider-Man, conversely, is Jewish in personality but not in character. Who k...
CMU Klezmer Band plays old world music for new world audiences
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Jan 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
The band kicked off its rendition of “Oy Tate,” a quick-tempo melody, just old world just oozing from its clarinets, saxophones, cello and piano. But this was no shtetl, rather a 2011 session at th...
The secular new year forces us to look forward, and tradition requires we make resolutions to be a better parent, and a better person.
by Marjorie Ingall
Dec 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
I prefer the Jewish new year, a time to look inward rather than outward and think about the cyclical nature of ritual, to the secular one, with its don’t-look-back determination. On Rosh Hashanah, ...
Why Jews eat Chinese on December 25, and how a hip Brooklyn deli is modernizing that tradition
by Marc Tracy
Dec 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Mile End [1] opened in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, at the beginning of 2008, a deli specializing in Montreal Jewish cuisine: smoked meat instead of pastrami; poutine instead of cheese fries; those flat,...
An Israeli reality TV show sends hopeful Mizrahi pop stars to California to chase the American Dream
by Dana Kessler
Dec 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
The premise of Israel’s wildly popular reality TV show Chai be La La Land [1] (“Living in La La Land”) is simple. Six Israeli musicians spend a month living together at 13918 Chandler Blvd, Sherman...