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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 | 27 27 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 | 30 30 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 | 15 15 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 | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Beth El community fills in letters to start holy scroll
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Dec 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
As Dr. Jay Feuer touched the tip of the quill pen, watching intently as Rabbi Levi Selwyn filled in the Hebrew letter aleph in the word bereshit, he didn’t feel nervous. Pretty impressive, consider...
The 20th JFilm Festival will run in April.
Dec 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum has announced the 20th JFilm Festival, which will run from April 11 to 21, 2013, will be held at the Manor Theater and other venues in and around the city. T...
The Jewish side of The Three Stooges
by Robert Gluck/JNS.org
Dec 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
To the average fan, The Three Stooges’ shenanigans may obscure how their Jewish backgrounds shaped their lives and work. But not for Gary Lassin — president of The Three Stooges Fan Club, editor of...
Interfaith families mark both holidays, even when kids are raised Jewish
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Dec 05, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Brenda Wolper is a dedicated Jewish mother. She works as a preschool teacher at Temple David in Monroeville, helps run the congregation’s youth group and sits on its school board. She and her husba...
StandFour - Eight Nights - Hanukkah Mashup
Nov 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
Four of the Maccabeats sing new Hanukkah pop song parody medley. Watch the Video
What kosher wines are hot for this year’s Chanuka?
Nov 29, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
Chanuka isn’t just for kids. Adults enjoy this festival of lights and freedom as well. One way they appreciate it is through fine kosher wines. For some time, kosher wines have been shedding the im...
‘Radiant Circles’
by Andrew Goldstein, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 20, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
When Dr. Arthur Levine entrusted Pat Sheahan and Adrienne Heinrich with his late wife’s artwork, they knew what they wanted to do with the collection — put it on display in the American Jewish Muse...
Still time to see ‘Driving Miss Daisy’
Nov 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh ( JTOP ) production of Afred Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy,” is entering its final week. The Pulitzer Prize Winning play, written by Uhry in 1987, is the story of an u...
‘Kosher by Design’ author reflects on books, kosher and cooking
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Nov 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
Anyone who can read can follow a recipe, according to Susie Fishbein.  But to be a really good cook — a “free cook” — one needs good techniques. Fishbein sets forth many of those techniques in “Kos...