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Metro Briefs May 26
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will present its communitywide all-night study session on Tuesday, May 30 beginning at 10 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill. Choose fr...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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CMU’s Allan Meltzer, economist extraordinaire
Allan Meltzer, the internationally renowned economist and esteemed Carnegie Mellon University professor, died on May 8 at the age of 89. Meltzer was a pioneer for policy reform, a prolific author, ...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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At Kollel event, chair of Orthodox Union urges Pittsburghers to get to know their politicians
American Jews must develop personal relationships with those in elected office for the sake of the security of the State of Israel, according to Howard Tzvi Friedman, the featured speaker at the Ko...
May 18, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘The Wedding Plan’: a Haredi rom-com with a spiritual bent
The trailer for “The Wedding Plan” leads one to believe the film is a light-hearted rom-com about a zany plot to get hitched, hatched by an unmarried Orthodox Israeli woman with a lot of pluck. But...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Albert Einstein was a sex magnet? 4 surprising facts about the genius
NEW YORK — Think “Albert Einstein,” and certain images or phrases likely come to mind: “genius,” “kooky,” “wild hair,” “theory of relativity,” “E = mc2” — maybe even “Zionist.” Sex and violence? No...
May 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israel’s fallen statesman
“Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman” by Itamar Rabinovich. New Haven, Conn., Yale University Press, 2017. 244 pages. $25. For almost 25 years, I’ve been convinced that Yitzhak Rabin was pull...
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Yes, Virginia, there are Jews there
First, the bad news. Shockingly, we have all been hearing and reading about vicious anti-Semitic attacks in Europe: shootings, stabbings, political leaders rabble-rousing crowds to rise up against ...
May 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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College doesn’t turn Jews away from Judaism
In a recent analysis of U.S. religious groups, the Pew Research Center reported that the most educated American Jews are also the least religious. In considering these findings, it’s tempting to th...
May 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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The war never ended for poor, elderly Jews in former Soviet Union
We Americans use the phrase “the greatest generation” to describe those who grew up during the Depression, prevailed in World War II and contributed to America’s postwar prosperity and influence. B...
May 18, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs May 26
Prominent Connecticut rabbi ordered to pay $20M to former student The founding rabbi of a Connecticut yeshiva must pay $20 million to a man who claims the rabbi raped and sexually molested him hund...
May 26, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Is Trump’s intelligence disclosure bad for Israel? Depends who you ask
WASHINGTON — A day after it was reported that President Donald Trump had given top secret intelligence from Israel to Russia, a bipartisan group of lawmakers met a roomful of Jews in the U.S. Capit...
May 26, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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A government campaign against George Soros splits Hungarian Jews
On a recent Sunday, eight far-right activists filmed themselves on what they called a “raid” on the Aurora Jewish community center in Budapest. Sporting crewcuts and black clothes, the men affixed ...
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Starring Joel Grey
The Jewish Association on Aging’s sold-out fundraiser, The Art of Aging: An Evening with Joel Grey, was held on May 15 at the Heinz History Center. The event benefited the JAA’s For the Love of Seniors Fund, which supports intergenerational programs, meal delivery to homebound seniors, art and music classes and charity care. From left: Deborah Winn-Horvitz, JAA president and CEO, Grey and Mitchell Pakler, JAA board chair.<br>
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The Jewish Association on Aging’s sold-out fundraiser, The Art of Aging: An Evening with Joel Grey, was held on May 15 at the Heinz History Center. The event benefited the JAA’s For the Love of Seniors Fund, which supports intergenerational programs, meal delivery to homebound seniors, art and music classes and charity care. From left: Deborah Winn-Horvitz, JAA president and CEO, Grey and Mitchell Pakler, JAA board chair.
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Day school students compete in their first Odyssey of the Mind tournament
Because competitions are typically held on Saturdays, students at Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools have been unable to participate in Odyssey of the Mind, an international creative problem-sol...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Paul Caplan tells a distinguished tale
Paul Caplan doesn’t want you to know his age, but he is happy to tell you his life story. Like the look of the teller himself, the tale is remarkably distinguished. Caplan, a retired internist and ...
May 24, 2017 | 2 2 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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New book exposes ‘Willful Blindness’ in connection with murder conviction of local rabbi’s son
A decades-old murder case involving the son of a local rabbi is again garnering attention as a new book examines the discrepancies of Charles “Zeke” Goldblum’s life sentence for a crime that many s...
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‘Dirty Dancing’ brings to the stage more music, more politics and ‘a lot more dancing’
Eleanor Bergstein recalls arriving with her family at the famed Grossinger’s resort in the Catskills when she was a child in the early 1960s and heading straight to the one location that seemed to ...
May 18, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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