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Revisiting the past in Cartagena, Colombia
Stop a random person on the streets of Pittsburgh for a little word-association game and Cartagena may invoke res-ponses along the lines of “drugs and crime” or perhaps the name of the mid-1980s fi...
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Soviet immigration fuels ‘engaging frolic’ through lives of imagination
In the charming novel, “A Replace-ment Life” by Boris Fishman, newly out in trade paperback, would-be writer Slava Gelman, stuck in a low- level, clerk-like job at a prestigious magazine, stumbles ...
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In Salt Lake City, a Reuben worshipper builds his temple
SALT LAKE CITY — Going back to his very first bite of a Reuben more than 50 years ago, Randy Harmsen has always loved deli food. So when he decided to open his own restaurant, the Salt Lake City na...
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Retro Review: ‘Wandering Star’ continues to be a Yiddish gem not to be missed
Sholem Aleichem was the nom de plume of Solomon Rabinovich, who wrote the classic short stories about “Tevye the Dairyman” that became the foundation for “Fiddler on the Roof.” True to his comedic ...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Evan is a farmer-turned-philosopher looking for the right mate
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Nov 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
I’m pretty sure that Evan is the only Jew I have ever met who actually grew up on a farm. In Ligonier. Really. “It’s not exactly an incredibly Jewish thing to do,” he acknowledges. But somehow, thi...
Dershowitz, from law to Israel to new memoir, continues to fight for underdogs
by Matt Robinson, JNS.org
Oct 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
Claus von Bülow, Mike Tyson, O.J. Simpson, and a number of lesser-known names, from the indigent to the infamous, have been Alan Dershowitz’s clients. Some may have been unpopular, but the noted at...
American friends launch first kosher tour of Cuba
by Barbara Lewis, JNS.org
Oct 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
It started with a mutual fascination with Cuba, especially its tiny Jewish community. Now two Jewish women, separated by a generation in age and more than 760 miles in physical location, have becom...
Brooklyn author’s first novel studies flawed relationships in literary scene
by Morton I. Teicher, For the Chronicle
Oct 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
Last year, scholarly critic and journalist Evan Hughes wrote “Literary Brooklyn,” an excellent study of writers in Brooklyn, beginning with Walt Whitman and concluding with an account of Brooklyn t...
Jewish rapper on BDS movement
Oct 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
Ari Lesser, a Jewish rapper, responds to the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement in his video. The video exposes the flaw in the BDS Movement by questioning why there is such a strong cal...
‘Jewtopia’ entertains and may even sow thought in wild Jewish comedy
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Oct 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
“Jewtopia,” the story of two longtime friends — one Jewish, one not — moving in completely opposite directions when it comes to choosing a wife, may not exactly be utopia, but it sure is a hilariou...
David Stock’s ‘Sixth Symphony’ to headline PSO’s 2013-14 season
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Oct 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish influence on the third movement of David Stock’s “Sixth Symphony” comes as a surprise — even to the composer himself. While Jewish melodies have infused and inspired many of Stock’s comp...
Burton Morris art makes first museum exhibit in Pittsburgh
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Sep 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
You may wonder why a regional history museum is hosting an art exhibition, but to pop artist Burton Morris, it makes perfect sense. Morris is from Pittsburgh, and the exhibit at The Senator John He...
Marc Epstein: ‘Our Town’ does have that shtetl feel
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Sep 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
When Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” opens at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Thursday, Sept. 26, the actor playing the role of Mr. Webb just may look familiar. Maybe you recognize him from his role in...
Jewish snowboarder vies for spot on U.S. Olympics team
by Andrew Goldstein, Staff Writer
Aug 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
Seth Hill is one dreidel that doesn’t want to land on his side. The Jewish professional snowboarder from Jacksonville, Ore., says he often spins like a dreidel when he does a “1080” — three full ro...