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What makes Chanukah great in America
CHERRY HILL, N.J. – As Chanukah nears, let the grousing begin. Too much is made of a holiday that Judaism ranks as a minor festival — one whose rite takes no more than five minutes to complete each...
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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For the Dutch, hiding Jews was an almost popular way to ‘fight back’
While there is nothing funny about the Holocaust, the title of Hans Keilson’s long-lost novella, “Comedy in a Minor Key,” seems appropriate, although as comedies go, this is certainly a dark one. “...
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Predictable ‘Book of Jonah’ brings forth both the Bible and Hollywood
The swift, improbable conclusion of “The Book of Jonah” reminds me of my mother’s reactions to many Hollywood endings: “only in the movies.” As the title suggests, Joshua Max Feldman’s novel is pat...
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Celebrating its Jewish voice: HaZamir gets ready for ninth season
The local chapter of the international HaZamir Jewish high school choir announced its ninth season, inviting performers to join the troupe at the Squirrel Hill JCC as it rehearses for performances ...
Nov 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Reese enjoyed his stay with Penguins, however short
by Andrew Goldstein, Chronicle Correspondent
Feb 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Dylan Reese finally got his long-awaited chance to debut with the team he grew up watching, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Jewish Upper St. Clair native, whom the New York Rangers drafted in 2003, ca...
CDS supporters masquerade around Downtown to celebrate
by Lindsay Dill, For the Chronicle
Feb 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
Nearly 300 people masqueraded around the top floor of the Omni William Penn Hotel, Saturday, Feb. 9, to dance, celebrate and wish mazel tov to Community Day School, its students, teachers, voluntee...
Single Files
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Feb 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
I first met Tricia while she was volunteering at Concordia of the South Hills, visiting the elderly. Her big heart and strong sense of Jewish values were immediately apparent. But Tricia, 51, is fa...
Jewish rapper sheds his beat for his guitar in first acoustic tour
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Feb 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor's note: This is a corrected version of the story that appeared in the Feb. 7 Chronicle. The correct venue for the PIttsburgh performance is the Carnegie Music Hall in Homestead, not Oakland...
Beth Shalom cantor releases his first CD
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Jan 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 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 | 26 26 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 | 35 35 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 | 31 31 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 | 35 35 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 | 28 28 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...