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Metro Briefs April 17
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh invites Pittsburghers to celebrate Israel Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, on Tuesday, May 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Israel Fest, or iFest, at th...
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Christianity as Judaism? For Jewish Federation’s Roman, it’s ‘spiritual deception’
Flyers distributed around Squirrel Hill advertising “Passover Worship” led by “Messianic rabbis” are the latest effort by a Christian evangelical organization to proselytize to Pittsburgh’s Jewish ...
Apr 22, 2014 | 4 4 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Looking at ‘Noah’ through lens of Jewish tradition
Epic films based on the Hebrew Bible have never quite gone away, but this once-popular genre has become very sporadic. Aside from “Prince of Egypt” in 1998 and “One Night with the King” in 2006, it...
Apr 11, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Five-part ‘Story of the Jews’ premieres on PBS
It’s impossible to tell the story of the Jews in five hours, but Simon Schama comes pretty close. Schama, a British historian, documentarian and contributing editor to the Financial Times, is the h...
Mar 19, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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From Homeland to PSO, Judaism infuses star’s performances
Mandy Patinkin, the actor, has been celebrated for decades for roles ranging from the revenge-seeking swashbuckler Inigo Montoya in the iconic film “The Princess Bride,” to his Emmy-winning portray...
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‘Cupcakes’ a sweet opening to this year’s JFilm Festival
This year’s JFilm festival will open with a good laugh instead of a dark drama. “Cupcakes,” an Israeli comedy, which garnered positive reviews from the Jerusalem Post, will be the opening night mov...
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Twersky so much more deserving than a small sendoff
Al Twersky died in early February. Newspapers printed the small obituary, 16 short lines mentioning Edith, his beloved wife of 62 years, his two sons, Jack and Jeffrey, his two grandchildren, Emma ...
Apr 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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The future of Jewish nonprofits: Let the Millenials drive
In 2007, a friend reached out to me for help. Her uncle was a long-term resident at the Reuth Medical Center in Tel Aviv, and she requested that I join her on the American Friends of Reuth’s Young ...
Mar 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Beating back the assault on Israel’s legitimacy
NEW YORK — Leaders of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement say they are protesting Israel’s policies in the West Bank. They are doing far more than that. BDS advocates routinely oppose a ...
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Islamic Jihad terrorists fire dozens of rockets at Israel in largest attack in two years

Dozens of rockets were fired at southern Israel on Wednesday by the Palestinian terrorist group Islamic Jihad, in the largest rocket attack on the Jewish state since Operation Pillar of Defense in ...
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Hadassah hospital agrees to pay wages and delay layoffs
Staffers at the Hadassah Medical Organization's Ein Kerem campus in Jerusalem were overjoyed on Wednesday to learn that the hospital has agreed to pay their wages in full and to postpone impending ...
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Google purchases fifth Israeli company, SlickLogin

Google has purchased its fifth Israeli company, the Tel Aviv-based start-up SlickLogin; its technology verifies and authenticates user identity (when logging onto a website) by using an audio signa...
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Longtime Leader Leaving Pittsburgh Kollel
After 16 years at the helm of the Kollel Jewish Learning Center, Rabbi Aaron Kagan has announced his resignation. Effective this summer, Kagan will leave the institution his late father, Rabbi Shau...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Restroom petition is valuable lesson for Hillel Academy second-graders
When students from Hillel Academy’s second grade wanted a restroom installed at one of their favorite parks, they traveled downtown. “It started with a story in their reader, and then we came acros...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diller Teens come to town, use unique experience to bond
Shahak Avshalom admitted that he did not know that much about Pittsburgh. “I knew about the steel industry and the sports teams,” said the teenager. But the Israeli native learned a lot more about ...
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More and more, Modern Orthodox women are becoming synagogue ‘partners’
It is erev Shabbat at Shira Hadasha, an “Orthodox, feminist congregation” in Jerusalem. A traditional mechitza divides the males from the females, who are there in equal numbers. Married women have...
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When Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble gave a talk to an audience of schoolchildren re...
Earlier this week in fog city, a young reporter was assaulted for wearing Google Glass. A woman r...
Ifrane is a small resort town tucked into Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains about two hours north ...
Back in the early 1980s, two populations found their lives upended by the AIDS epidemic in Americ...
Normally a month filled with the joy of both Passover and Easter, April 1936 was colored by occur...

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs is supporting J Street’s effort to join the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

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The recent shootings at a pair of Kansas City-area Jewish facilities show the persistent threat of white supremacist violence.

2014-04-23 18:01:35 -0400

Five haredi Orthodox Jewish men were indicted for attacking a gay black man in Brooklyn.

2014-04-23 17:24:00 -0400

Israel canceled a planned meeting with Palestinian peace negotiators after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party and Hamas signed a unity accord.

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