They survived Auschwitz. They were hidden. They came from Czechoslovakia, Austria, Germany, and Belgium. They had nightmares. They were overprotective of their children. They were forthcoming about their pasts. They were reticent about their pasts. These were the backgrounds that framed some of the stories told by four Fox Chapel area Jewish women in a program presented by the Adult Education Committee of Adat Shalom Monday night entitled “The Holocaust Legacy: a Conversation with Children of Holocaust Survivors.” Read more in The Jewish Chronicle.
Fans of Lisa Scottoline will not be disappointed in her latest venture, Come Home. This absorbing novel centers on Jill Farrow, a divorced pediatrician in suburban Philadelphia who has a daughter and a new fiancé. Through her former stepdaughter, Abby, Jill learns that her ex-husband, William, has died from a prescription drug overdose. Even though the police don’t agree, Abby feels that William’s death is suspicious and enlists Jill’s help in digging for the truth. Despite her fiancé’s protests and the bitter warnings of Abby’s sister, Victoria, to stay out of it, Jill embarks upon an investigation that uncovers surprising and alarming information about her former husband. Read More in Mystery Scene….
There is a faction of brand-loyal consumers who swear by Trader Joe’s parve chocolate chips. And soon, they may not be able to find them. Read the full story I wrote for The Jewish Chronicle.
Click below to read an article I wrote for the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle about three area Jewish preschools taking part in a pilot project to implement the Reggio Emilia philosophy of early childhood education. The Reggio Emilia approach emphasizes dynamic learning environments that are child-centered. It views parents as essential collaborators in the educational experience of their children.
The crumbling, 130-year-old Victorian row house had been unoccupied for over 20 years, was in disrepair, had three walls about to collapse and was totally unlivable. Which is why, after several years of mulling it over, Al DePasquale finally decided that he had to have it. So he bought the house and then brought the house down…literally. Click here to read the article
Retro Reviews was a year-long series for The Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh in which I reviewed long-forgotten books with Jewish themes. In 1912, Mary Antin wrote “The Promised Land,” her memoir and firsthand account of her emigration experience from Polotzk, Russia, to the tenements of Boston. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of the original 1912 version from the library. Read review…
Pittsburgh is a haven for families. The dilemma is not “what is there to do?” but “how can we fit it all in?” Regardless of what weekend activities you choose, one Pittsburgh destination worth adding to the agenda is the renowned Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, a place sure to please family members of all ages. (Long Weekends Magazine…).
A visit to Pittsburgh in the summer would not be complete without a trip to Kennywood Park in the West Mifflin neighborhood, southeast of downtown Pittsburgh. Kennywood is one of the nation’s oldest and most beloved amusement parks. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987 and can trace its roots back to 1898 when it began as a trolley park. (Long Weekends Magazine…)
‘Peony’ offers rare glimpse into world of Chinese Jews
Retro Reviews was a year-long series for The Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh in which I reviewed long-forgotten books with Jewish themes. As part of this effort I had the pleasure of reviewing a lesser-known book by the author of The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck. Read review…