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Metro Briefs February 11
Repair the World, Green Building Alliance and p4 Pittsburgh will host an evening of inspirational stories about creating a sustainable, vibrant, healthy and just region as part of the Inspire Speak...
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Turkey, Israel take center stage at Pitt
Turkey and Israel have nothing to do with Thanksgiving in Jerusalem. They also have nothing to do with foreign policy, said Marcy Brink-Danan. “When people hear the words ‘Turkey’ and ‘Israel,’ the...
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First annual Thank-A-Thon connects residents, donors
Pittsburgh’s golden girls would like to thank you for being a friend. Doris Kennedy, Margit Diamond, Dorothy Schorin, Inge Katzenstein, Ruth Ganz, Jean Gershon, Flo Wise and Sylvia Bober — all resi...
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At Benedum, not your same ‘Cabaret’ this time around
The seedy glamour of the Kit Kat Klub with its bawdy emcee in “Cabaret” provide an unsettling but fitting backdrop to the story of the hard-living entertainer Sally Bowles in Weimar Germany. But it...
Feb 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish framework gives mystery series its unique, enduring flavor - Retro Review
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Faye Kellerman’s introduction of beloved fictional characters Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, a homicide detective and an Orthodox Jewish teacher who fall in ...
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Allen’s sidekick, Tony Roberts, on teetering on the edge of fame
NEW YORK — There’s a memorable scene in “Annie Hall” when Woody Allen’s character, Alvy Singer, rants about finding anti-Semites everywhere he goes. “You know, I was having lunch with some guys fro...
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Repairing Pittsburgh, repairing the world
Shortly after joining the Repair the World team as its Pittsburgh director, I was asked by our national staff about our volunteering plans for MLK Day. After all, MLK Day is a national service day ...
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Eugene Borowitz, teacher of rabbis, defined dilemma of the modern Jew
In “Ethics of the Fathers,” the rabbis teach that we must grant respect and honor to an individual who teaches us even the smallest bit of knowledge. For those of us who were the students of Rabbi ...
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Why are we still competing? We are in this together
Big news this past week. A new collaborative umbrella organization for Jewish Day Schools has been created that will bring five existing organizations together under one united banner. This new ent...
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‘Son of Saul’: For Claims Conference, Oscar nominee was a big gamble
BERLIN — Set amid a 1944 prisoner uprising at Auschwitz, “Son of Saul” stood out as a long shot when its producers first applied for funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Ge...
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State representative honored for work on school choice
State Rep. Jim Christiana (R-District 15) was recently honored with the Pennsylvania School Choice Champion Award during National School Choice Week in Lancaster, Pa. The award, presented by PA CAP...
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Years after raid, Postville, Iowa’s Jewish community is smaller, more self-reliant
POSTVILLE, Iowa — On a frigid evening late last month, Aron Schimmel, the Chabad emissary here, sat in a deli at the back of the glatt kosher supermarket sipping from a can of Israeli mango juice. ...
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Energy lessons
On Tu B’Shevat at Community Day School, students enjoyed seders featuring the seven species of fruits and grains of the Land of Israel. The day was designated as a bike/walk/bus/carpool to school day, and teachers also made an effort to go paperless for the day. CDS parents Josh Friedman and Dan Gelman worked with staff member Sol Marcus to connect the school’s ner tamid (eternal flame) over the Aron Kodesh (Holy Ark) to a bicycle held in place by a resistance trainer. Throughout the day, every student in grades four to eight took a turn keeping the eternal flame powered on by pedaling the bike in a lesson about energy choices and the environment. 

Above: Eighth-grade student Shayna Josowitz with CDS parent and Jewish environmental educator Josh Friedman.
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Photo provided by Community Day School
On Tu B’Shevat at Community Day School, students enjoyed seders featuring the seven species of fruits and grains of the Land of Israel. The day was designated as a bike/walk/bus/carpool to school day, and teachers also made an effort to go paperless for the day. CDS parents Josh Friedman and Dan Gelman worked with staff member Sol Marcus to connect the school’s ner tamid (eternal flame) over the Aron Kodesh (Holy Ark) to a bicycle held in place by a resistance trainer. Throughout the day, every student in grades four to eight took a turn keeping the eternal flame powered on by pedaling the bike in a lesson about energy choices and the environment.  Above: Eighth-grade student Shayna Josowitz with CDS parent and Jewish environmental educator Josh Friedman.
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