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Metro Briefs February 24
Congregation Beth Shalom Adult Education will present the film “Murray Avenue” on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the ballroom.​ The film, by Sheila Chamovits, is about Squirrel Hill and portrays...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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More funding options available for day schools responding to budget shortfall
Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools are making progress in correcting a cumulative budget shortfall for scholarships. Among their strategy is to take advantage of a recent law that allows individ...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs February 17
Temple Sinai is looking for lollipop kids, monkeys, witches and more for its “Wizard of Oz” themed Purim shpiel. Rehearsals are every Sunday in February and open to all ages. Rehearsals begin with ...
Feb 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Try not to cry during this Oscar-nominated film about a Holocaust survivor and his violin
Filmmaker Kahane Cooperman hasn’t written an Oscars acceptance speech yet, but she likely will before the Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 28. Not to jinx things or appear overconfident, Cooperman s...
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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An ode to ‘Girls,’ Lena Dunham and modern Jewish neuroticism
The HBO series “Girls” may no longer be the definitive show of the millennial generation — but as it enters its sixth and final season this week, it remains relevant in myriad ways. “Girls” debuted...
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These upscale Israeli hotels are only for new moms and babies
TEL AVIV — The pedestrian bridge is drenched in sunlight and has the soft fragrance of baby powder. Like the hotel it leads to, it’s exclusive and hard to find — you have to get directions ahead of...
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Online Talmud the next great technological innovation
When the history of Jewish texts comes to be written, Feb. 7, 2017, will likely be regarded as an important turning point. Why? Here’s what happened. For the first time, the extraordinary Steinsalt...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Loving your fellow as yourself
With the term refugee having become a pejorative in many quarters, this is an appropriate time to reflect upon the plight of our own people during the countless years when we faced situations that ...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Welcome all the strangers
As leaders of a local nonprofit that works to resettle refugees and assist immigrants, we are proud to reflect the Jewish community’s long history of helping those in need — whether Jewish or genti...
Feb 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Evangelicals are ready to speak for Israel in Trump’s Washington
TEL AVIV — Evangelicals, who have been advocating for Israel for years, have historically let the Jews take the lead. Laurie Cardoza-Moore, for one, is excited that they are poised to take on a pro...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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In reviewing ‘Hobby Lobby’ opinion, Jews see reasons to diverge over Neil Gorsuch
WASHINGTON — On June 27, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, based in Denver, handed down a decision that would make history a year later when it was upheld by the Supreme Court: ...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jerusalem art school fosters design talent among students with disabilities
JERUSALEM — The shrapnel that exploded into Asaf Ventura took a lot away from him: His body and brain were shredded, his right hand was mangled. He was unable to fire his gun, swing his tennis racq...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Busy day for B’nai Abraham
Congregation B’nai Abraham held its annual Tu B’Shevat seder, and in the afternoon, the Youth Group shopped for and purchased games, toys, books and electronics requested by Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC for its patients.
<br>Shopping for the children in Children’s Hospital<br>
Photo provided by Congregation B’nai Abraham
Congregation B’nai Abraham held its annual Tu B’Shevat seder, and in the afternoon, the Youth Group shopped for and purchased games, toys, books and electronics requested by Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC for its patients.
Shopping for the children in Children’s Hospital
Photo provided by Congregation B’nai Abraham
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Butler or Sindler? You be the judge
When Dan Butler was asked by leaders at Shaare Torah Congregation to judge its annual chili cook-off last month, he accepted the assignment even though his wife, Nina, had invited guests to their h...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trivia night supports Pittsburgh Jewish teens
The least tricky question of the evening was why so many people attended a trivia night contest held at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh. “I came to give to NCSY because I value th...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Interfaith communal gathering calls attention to immigrants and refugees

Members of Pittsburgh’s faith-based groups met at St. Benedict the Moor Church in the city’s Hill District to offer prayers, stories and songs in support of communal unity Monday. The event, “Becom...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Demolishing dues may foster future finances at Temple Sinai
Being a member will no longer requires synagogue dues at one local congregation. Per the recommendations of a Temple Sinai task force and mirroring a trend taking shape in communities across the co...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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