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Metro Briefs November 20
The Jewish Association on Aging is launching a survey to examine the critical needs of aging adults in the community, now and into the future. According to the U.S. Census, for the first time in hi...
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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For a Canadian grandmother he never knew, area man delivers with long overdue recognition
By Bee Schindler Chronicle Correspondent As the nominator for a prestigious honor in Quebec, Franklin Toker is a star grandchild. His grandmother, Berthe Herzberg Serchuk, however, is the real star...
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Rachel takes center stage as Pittsburgh’s Jewish women celebrate in her honor
A beautiful woman meets the man she believes she is destined for, but the night before their wedding she chooses to give him up rather than humiliate her sister. Ultimately, they marry, but she is ...
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Predictable ‘Book of Jonah’ brings forth both the Bible and Hollywood
The swift, improbable conclusion of “The Book of Jonah” reminds me of my mother’s reactions to many Hollywood endings: “only in the movies.” As the title suggests, Joshua Max Feldman’s novel is pat...
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Celebrating its Jewish voice: HaZamir gets ready for ninth season
The local chapter of the international HaZamir Jewish high school choir announced its ninth season, inviting performers to join the troupe at the Squirrel Hill JCC as it rehearses for performances ...
Nov 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Little Lake Theatre’s latest turns fashion misery into laughter
Any woman who has a purse filled with capless pens, capless lipsticks and tissues that may or may not have been used, or whoever has been fitted for a bra, or who has a mother, should grab a girlfr...
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Turning the page on the special U.S.-Israel relationship
The Nov. 4 midterm election results have obvious implications for American domestic policy. For us in Israel, however, the new Congress and the last two years of President Barack Obama’s administra...
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Deal or no deal? Iran says shut up and decide
As everyone seems to be saying, there is less than a fortnight to go before we hit the Nov. 24 deadline for a final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. And as more and more people are for...
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Kristallnacht’s lessons for today
Each year on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, we recall the opening salvo of the violent assault on Jews that foreshadowed the Holocaust and ask ourselves what should have been done at that moment...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Is she Jewish? Rabbinate says yes, Israel says no
TEL AVIV — In 2012, Anna Varsanyi was married in an Orthodox Jewish ceremony conducted through Israel’s Chief Rabbinate. Two years later, the Hungarian immigrant has made a life in Israel, settling...
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As tempers flare in Jerusalem, Israel-Jordan relations hang in the balance
While facing increased Arab riots and terrorist attacks that resemble the underpinnings of a renewed Palestinian intifada (uprising), Israel is simultaneously working to manage tension in its delic...
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Jerusalem Light Rail under Palestinian attack; call goes out for more police
JERUSALEM — When the Jerusalem Light Rail was inaugurated three years ago, it was hailed as a unifying symbol of the capital’s renewal, a municipal service that would seamlessly bring together the ...
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Well-deserved awards
WELL-DESERVED AWARDS: The Jewish Association on Aging celebrated its staff on Oct. 3 with the third annual PEER Awards ceremony, presenting honors to deserving staff members who have demonstrated exemplary care for the seniors as well as respect for their fellow co-workers. Presenting the awards was JAA vice chair Mitchell Pakler, who founded the awards with his children and wife, Rae Gayle. PEER stands for Pakler Exemplary Employee Recognition. The Pakler family created the program to honor the outstanding accomplishments of the JAA staff. The staff at Weinberg Terrace in Squirrel Hill won the award for the department with the most nominations, and Sivitz social worker Pearl Averbach and dietician Chris Bowman were also honored. Certified nursing aide Denise Hill was voted into the JAA PEER Awards Hall of Fame for most nominations. Activities staff member Marcellina Hoskowicz received the Best of the Best Award for her tireless and good-natured care of the patients and residents. She was given a special prize of a flat-screen TV, which, in typical Marcellina fashion, she planned to give to her elderly parents. From left: JAA president and CEO Deborah Winn-Horvitz, winner Daryl Parker, nominator Rose Walters, winner Gerri Jones, nominator Rena Becker and JAA vice chair Mitchell Pakler. (Photo by Linda Fehl)
WELL-DESERVED AWARDS: The Jewish Association on Aging celebrated its staff on Oct. 3 with the third annual PEER Awards ceremony, presenting honors to deserving staff members who have demonstrated exemplary care for the seniors as well as respect for their fellow co-workers. Presenting the awards was JAA vice chair Mitchell Pakler, who founded the awards with his children and wife, Rae Gayle. PEER stands for Pakler Exemplary Employee Recognition. The Pakler family created the program to honor the outstanding accomplishments of the JAA staff. The staff at Weinberg Terrace in Squirrel Hill won the award for the department with the most nominations, and Sivitz social worker Pearl Averbach and dietician Chris Bowman were also honored. Certified nursing aide Denise Hill was voted into the JAA PEER Awards Hall of Fame for most nominations. Activities staff member Marcellina Hoskowicz received the Best of the Best Award for her tireless and good-natured care of the patients and residents. She was given a special prize of a flat-screen TV, which, in typical Marcellina fashion, she planned to give to her elderly parents. From left: JAA president and CEO Deborah Winn-Horvitz, winner Daryl Parker, nominator Rose Walters, winner Gerri Jones, nominator Rena Becker and JAA vice chair Mitchell Pakler. (Photo by Linda Fehl)
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Friendship Circle ties Squirrel Hill’s past with a ‘celebration of connections to come’
The transformation of the former Gullifty’s restaurant into a multimillion-dollar home for the Friendship Circle has become an archaeological dig of sorts, revealing a mini-history of Squirrel Hill...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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From a podium in Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom Congregation, Rabbi Eric Yoffie discussed religious life in Israel. For Yoffie, president emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism, the topic is quite fam...
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TEL AVIV — In 2012, Anna Varsanyi was married in an Orthodox Jewish ceremony conducted through Israel’s Chief Rabbinate. Two years later, the Hungarian immigrant has made a life in Israel, settling...
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Pittsburgh listens as GA addresses worldwide challenges facing Jews
More than 3,000 Jewish leaders from all over the globe gathered near Washington, D.C., this week for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. The three-day event, which ran from ...
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