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Lifer inmate’s art inspires, resonates at B’nai Abraham
The drawing was done with a ballpoint pen, and the artist is not renowned — in fact, he is serving a life sentence at the Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, Calif. — but the framed image in the hal...
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish communities fight the odds, keep their roots alive

Once there were hundreds of thriving small-town Jewish communities across the country. Now even the last survivors are vanishing. On Sunday, a New Light Congregation Men’s Club-sponsored bus tour o...
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Community interfaith program tackles tough post-Orlando issues
With the aftermath of the mass shooting at Orlando, Fla.’s Pulse nightclub still being assessed, for many the June 12 attack could be framed in the contexts of three contentious contemporary politi...
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Metro Briefs June 30
Temple Sinai invites the community to learn the Hebrew alphabet, vowels and basic vocabulary of Jewish life at a new beginning Hebrew course taught by Rabbi Keren Gorban. Classes will take place at...
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Plane crash claims accomplished corneal surgeon Dr. Robert Arffa, ‘loved by everybody’
Dr. Robert Arffa, a corneal surgeon specializing in laser vision correction and a longtime Jewish resident of Mt. Lebanon, died in a plane crash on Thursday, June 16. Arffa, 62, was flying from Pit...
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Cheryl Klein’s journey to rabbi: ‘It’s never too late’
Cheryl Klein took “a more circuitous path” to rabbinic ordination than your typical rabbi. Klein, 59, who has been the lay cantor at Congregation Dor Hadash since 1986, has been involved with many ...
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Metro Briefs June 23
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s SteelTree Fund will give three organizations a total of $13,875 in fourth-round 2015–16 funding: Community Day School (CDS), the Friendship Circle and Chab...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two new books deliver food for thought
As the weather warms and barbecue becomes the fare, two new books offer ample food for thought. “Parenting in Perspective” by Barry Kislowicz and “The Psychology of Tzimtzum” by Mordechai Rotenberg...
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Court appointee Butler puts community first
Gov. Tom Wolf has nominated Dan Butler of Squirrel Hill to serve as magisterial district judge for the Allegheny County magisterial district court, covering cases in Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze, Sh...
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Court appointee Butler puts community first
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 23, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Gov. Tom Wolf has nominated Dan Butler of Squirrel Hill to serve as magisterial district judge for the Allegheny County magisterial district court, covering cases in Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze, Sh...




The art of soliciting: For these Federation veterans, it’s masterful
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Milton Eisner and Mina Kavaler have something of a friendly rivalry going. Both have been longtime solicitors for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh — Eisner for 70 years, Kavaler for 72. ...
Bavarian rector outlines the challenges of German Jewish growth
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Walter Homolka, a Bavarian rector whose professional existence has undergone myriad rebirths, was in Pittsburgh recently to discuss the recent resurgence of Jewish life in Germany. “The central que...
For this cancer nonprofit, everyone is a ‘champion’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
At 25, Sidney Kushner has discovered a way to improve the life of a child fighting cancer. And Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (Children’s Hospital) has taken notice. It’s not that the Up...




Interfaith engagement organizations reap rewards of Douglas’ Genesis Prize
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Twenty-eight organizations committed to engaging interfaith families in Jewish life are benefiting from $3.3 million in grant funds, thanks to Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas. Last summ...
Author’s first novel tackles the clouds, despair of bipolar II disorder
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Susan Sofayov said that her debut novel “Defective,” published by Black Opal Books in 2014, was “the first thing I wrote in my life other than a grant proposal.” Sofayov, a Mt. Lebanon resident, wh...
Author’s roundabout journey to Orthodoxy includes website for writers
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
“I grew up as a nerd,” Matthue Roth confesses. Roth, 37, is a published author several times over, with credits including the award-winning “Never Mind the Goldbergs” and “My First Kafka,” a pictur...
1880s Engine House is saved, gets renovation by a … Fireman
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Jack Conner still remembers the 18-foot brass pole he had to slide down to get to his truck when the call to duty rang out at Engine House No. 16 in the middle of the night.  “They had to take out ...
New JRS head is ready to lead, ready to learn
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Harold Love, a lifelong resident of Western Pennsylvania with more than last three decades of nonprofit experience, became executive director of Jewish Residential Services on June 1. He succeeds D...
Touring the world is a balancing act
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Four years ago, Laura Silverman joined the circus. Next week, her act is coming to town. From June 22 to 26, “Toruk — The First Flight” will converge on Consol Energy Center. The touring show from ...