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Metro Briefs December 18
Chabad of Pittsburgh's annual Car Menorah Parade will begin on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 4:45 p.m. The route begins at Chabad Lubavitch Center at 2100 Wightman St. with cars lining up to head south on Wig...
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Metro Briefs December 11
The ninth annual Vodka Latke will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 8 p.m. to midnight at IVY Pittsburgh (18th Street entrance in the Strip District). Enjoy the open bar, kosher spread with latkes ...
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With new mikvah in the making, organization honors two of its finest
With less than a year to go before the expected opening of a new mikvah in Squirrel Hill, organizers report that more funding is needed to complete the project. Construction, however, “is continuin...
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Ben-Gurion: ‘History’s gift to the Jewish people’
“David Ben-Gurion’s greatest years were between 1942 and 1953,” said Anita Shapira, author of the latest in Yale’s “Jewish Lives” series of short biographies. “It seems that his whole life was but ...
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As ‘Gone with the Wind’ turns 75, examining the Jewish influence on an epic film
The 75th anniversary of the premiere of “Gone with the Wind” on Dec. 15 presents an opportunity to examine the Jewish influence on one of the most popular films of all time. That influence starts w...
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At 98, Kirk Douglas finds his poetic muse
LOS ANGELES — Kirk Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch, the son of an immigrant Russian Jewish ragman, marked his 98th birthday on Dec. 9 by launching his 11th book. The legendary star of 87 movies (w...
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Putting the Pittsburgh Jewish Community Scorecard into action
The Pittsburgh Jewish Community Scorecard ( jewishscorecard.com ) “went live” on Feb. 18, 2014. The Scorecard is a catalyst for a vibrant, thriving and engaged Jewish community.  As a Pittsburgher,...
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Anti-Semitism in Armenia: a clear and present danger
The conflict in Syria has forced millions to leave their homes, among them many of the country’s Armenian minority. Many have fled and returned to Armenia, a safe haven for ethnic Armenians — much ...
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Eric Garner’s death does not make me feel safer
The words of Leviticus (19:6) admonish us not to “stand idly by while the blood of your neighbor is shed.” These words should sting our ears and shock our conscience in the wake of a Staten Island ...
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Globe Briefs December 18
Rabbi Saperstein wins Senate nod for religious freedom post The U.S. Senate confirmed Rabbi David Saperstein, a Reform movement leader, for a State Department post. Last Friday, Saperstein, in a 61...
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Sephardic vogue, Argentine immigrants fuel rapid Jewish revival in Spain
ROTA, Spain — While setting up a synagogue at the American naval base where she works, Ahuvah (Amanda) Gipson made something of a bitter-sweet discovery. Rifling through a storage area at the spraw...
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Cuba releases Jewish-American contractor amid spy swap
U.S. contractor Alan Gross, who was imprisoned by the Cuban government for five years, returned home to Maryland Wednesday in what is being dubbed by many as a Chanukah miracle. Sen. Barbara Mikuls...
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All together now!
Hillel Academy high school students joined residents of Weinberg Terrace recently to decorate picture frames in the spirit of the new Jewish month. (Photo by 
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Hillel Academy high school students joined residents of Weinberg Terrace recently to decorate picture frames in the spirit of the new Jewish month. (Photo by Yael Itskowitz)
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ZOA goes on attack against Conflict Kitchen’s anti-Israel propaganda
If an art project that was supported and funded by a major university targeted and demonized African-Americans or Latinos or homosexuals, Susan Tuchman is “virtually certain” that such a project wo...
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End of an era: Soon, all that will remain will be Beth Israel’s history, legacy
Inside a yellowish brick building in Latrobe, an elderly man watched as his synagogue’s belongings were packed away. Mickey Radman, whose membership at Beth Israel Congregation spans five decades, ...
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Cuba releases Jewish-American contractor amid spy swap
U.S. contractor Alan Gross, who was imprisoned by the Cuban government for five years, returned home to Maryland Wednesday in what is being dubbed by many as a Chanukah miracle. Sen. Barbara Mikuls...
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Beth Samuel Jewish Center refocuses with a change of direction
Rabbi Stephanie Wolfe, who has served as the spiritual leader and educational director of Beth Samuel Jewish Center in Ambridge since 2008, will be leaving her posts in June 2015 as the congregatio...
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The Israeli Labor Party’s struggle to recapture the prime minister’s office in the upcoming March...
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Rabbi Harold Schulweis, leader of the Valley Beth Shalom synagogue in Encino, CA, died Thursday a...
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Iran unveiled a monument to Jews who died during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War.

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A lawsuit arising out of allegations of voyeurism at a Washington D.C. ritual bath added the Rabbinical Council of America as a defendant.

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Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. said as he left the courtroom, “I had a right and a duty to do what I did.”

2014-12-18 17:02:19 -0500

Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz of Temple Emanuel in Newton, Mass., proposed a new synagogue policy that would have him officiate at interfaith weddings for couples who commit to a “Covenant to Raise Jewish Children.” But something changed his mind.

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