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Metro Briefs July 2
Ruth Ganz Fargotstein will receive the Anne Copeland Remembrance Award during the Israel Bonds Pittsburgh Women’s Council’s 15th annual Chai Tea. The event will be held on Monday, July 13 at 1:30 p...
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Holocaust fallout, poor economy has decimated Greek Jewish culture
Tsipy Gur, executive director and founder of Classrooms Without Borders, a nonprofit provider of “experiential, extended term professional development for teachers in the metropolitan Pittsburgh re...
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‘Courting’ Jewish women, basketball is right on the mark
By Masha Shollar Special to The Chronicle  At first glance, this looks like any other pickup basketball game: It started with a few practice throws, a brief discussion about the fairness of the tea...
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Rediscovering Jewish Palermo
Rabbi Barbara Aiello, the first female and non-Orthodox rabbi to head the first modern Liberal synagogue in Italy, describes the Anousim or “the forced ones” of the South of Italy as people who are...
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‘Orange is the New Black’: Best Jewish moments from the new season
“Orange Is the New Black” protagonist Piper Chapman may no longer have a Jewish fiancé, but that doesn’t mean that Judaism isn’t a huge part of the new season of the Netflix hit. In fact, religious...
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Mike’s Place, the real Israel, gets well-deserved attention
At first glance, “Mike’s Place” appears to be a graphic novel — like a comic book for grown-ups — based around a real event, the suicide bombing of a popular beachfront bar in 2003. But in their ep...
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Don’t whitewash Charleston’s troubled racial history
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A prominent Jewish Charlestonian’s inspiring response to the massacre last week at the Emanuel AME Church has circulated widely in recent days, including in the pages of this new...
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Forming a new Palestinian government: challenges and opportunities
Reports have emerged that Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s government will soon resign and that a new PA government will be formed in its place. To be sure, a new government wi...
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Why World Refugee Day is a Jewish holiday
It is impossible to avoid the stories of massive human displacement from Burma, Syria, Iraq, Ukraine and Afghanistan and of hordes of boat migrants dying in the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean. ...
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Hebrew in the huddle: American-style football gains ground in Israel
JERUSALEM  — The scent of hamburgers and beer wafted over the field. The fans were bathed in barbecue smoke. The bleachers were cut out of Jerusalem stone, the field was made of artificial turf. Th...
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Human Rights Reports slams Iran
Torture and violence without impunity are among the abuses the Iranian regime has conducted against its own people, according to the State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for...
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Is a nuclear deal with Iran in sight?
Iran’s foreign minister returned to nuclear negotiations Tuesday morning, insisting he had a mandate to finalize a deal with world powers. But as the clock wound down on the self-imposed June 30 de...
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Beth Shalom Early Learning Center
The Beth Shalom Early Learning Center (ELC) has received almost $70,000 in grant funding from the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning. The ELC qualified for two grants due to its Keystone STARS rating and its commitment to individualized attention to students who have learning needs. The Beth Shalom ELC is a STAR 4A facility, the highest ranking available from Keystone. 
One grant of $37,800 is dedicated for improvements to the general learning experience and physical environment for the children. A portion of the funding has been earmarked for teacher professional development. The ELC earned the second grant of $31,390 because of the number of credits earned by teachers in early childhood education. Because many of the school’s educators have continued to earn degrees and credits in early childhood while working at Beth Shalom, the OCDEL awarded the additional grant to be used as retention bonuses for teachers.  
Beth Shalom Early Learning Center enrolls children from age 6 weeks through pre-K in full-year, academic-year and summer programming and is accredited by the National Association for Education of Young Children. 
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The Beth Shalom Early Learning Center (ELC) has received almost $70,000 in grant funding from the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning. The ELC qualified for two grants due to its Keystone STARS rating and its commitment to individualized attention to students who have learning needs. The Beth Shalom ELC is a STAR 4A facility, the highest ranking available from Keystone. One grant of $37,800 is dedicated for improvements to the general learning experience and physical environment for the children. A portion of the funding has been earmarked for teacher professional development. The ELC earned the second grant of $31,390 because of the number of credits earned by teachers in early childhood education. Because many of the school’s educators have continued to earn degrees and credits in early childhood while working at Beth Shalom, the OCDEL awarded the additional grant to be used as retention bonuses for teachers. Beth Shalom Early Learning Center enrolls children from age 6 weeks through pre-K in full-year, academic-year and summer programming and is accredited by the National Association for Education of Young Children. (Photo provided by Beth Shalom Early Learning Center)
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The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary hosted an interfaith memorial service on June 23 for the Charleston shooting victims, or “The Charleston Nine” as they have come to be known. The event was organ...
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