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Departing JCC exec has made generations of memories
It is tough for many community members to imagine the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh without Rachel Marcus, who has announced her retirement after serving the Squirrel Hill instituti...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs August 18
Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha is hosting a communitywide and congregational picnic on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henry Kaufmann Family Park in Monroeville. Activities include swimming...
Aug 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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At 92, Malka Markovic floats ideas of life after mikvah
There is history and memory in the seemingly everyday artifacts of the mikvah. There are dated note pads, decades old kosher-for-Passover pots and a rotary dial phone dating to the 1950s. While box...
Aug 17, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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AG candidate outlines platform to downtown lawyers
Josh Shapiro has been wearing a red string around his right wrist for months, and he is not about to take it off now. The string was a gift from Shapiro’s daughter, a keepsake she picked up for her...
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Chai Mitzvah initiative to infuse ‘life’ into local learning
Adults searching for new avenues of Jewish learning, spirituality and community may find what they seek beginning next month when seven area congregations join together to participate in Chai Mitzv...
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Squirrel Hill dentist enjoys retirement … in prison
Since retiring, Dr. Alex Sax has seen a lot of bars. No longer in private practice, Sax spends his days seated beside DUI delinquents, alimony offenders, sexual predators and even murderers. The ir...
Aug 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Third-party, write-in candidates suddenly have a presidential appeal
Faced with this year’s Republican and Democratic presidential nominees — commonly described as a loud-mouthed tycoon and reality show celebrity with a penchant for insulting women and minorities, a...
Aug 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Children’s books personalize young patients’ conditions
By day, Debra Rotenstein is a pediatric endocrinologist, but when the sun goes down, she is a children’s book author. Last month, her third book was published by Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, a helpful...
Aug 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Eighteen, a kosher wine bar and cafe, opens its doors
Eighteen is the newest chapter in Pittsburgh’s short book of kosher eateries. Located adjacent to Pinsker’s Judaica Center at 2028 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill, Eighteen seeks to provide a “new dai...
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Beth El's former preschool director honored
Aug 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Georgia Hernandez, chair of the Allegheny County Children, Youth and Families Advisory Board since 2003, will be honored by County Council on Tuesday, Aug. 23 for her 43 years of service to the cou...
The Supreme Court’s Jeffersonian Jew
by Neal Gendler, Special to The Chronicle
Aug 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
“Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet” by Jeffrey Rosen, Yale, 256 pages, $25 Today’s mania for consolidation likely would have offended the Jeffersonian sensibilities of U.S. Supreme Court Justice ...
A complicated text about a complicated British PM
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Aug 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
“Disraeli: The Novel Politician” by David Cesarani, Yale, 304 pages, $25 “Dizzy,” “The Old Jew,” and “eminently clever, but superlatively vulgar,” were just some of the epithets Prime Minister Benj...
Writer tells government to get out of kids’ lives
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
A state-licensed day care facility’s refusal to swaddle her infant son was the last straw for Abby Schachter. It was 2013, and Schachter, a Pittsburgh-based libertarian columnist and Jewish comment...
LGBT Jews looking for more than just acceptance
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
B.D. Wahlberg, like many other millennial Jews, would love to be dating another Jew. But for Wahlberg, it is difficult to find someone with whom the recent University of Pittsburgh grad has enough ...
Unearthed Torah returns to life at great-great-grandson’s bar mitzvah
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Aug 10, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Seventy-five years ago, Aryeh Leib Dworkin RSVP’d for his great-great-grandson’s bar mitzvah. Foreseeing that he might not attend, Dworkin sent ahead a gift. First entrusted to his daughter, Rachel...
Piano prodigy says it all started in Pittsburgh
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Sarah Dukes, 33, has been playing the piano since age 6. “It was fun and exciting” at first, recalls the Yeshiva Schools grad, “but at a certain point, I felt bored.” Endless scales and practices m...
Baseball team’s Faith and Freedom Night not a hit for everyone
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
The general manager of the Washington Wild Things — the Washington, Pa.-based Frontier League baseball team — has apologized to a Jewish fan offended by speeches presented at a game last month, whi...
In the world of flea markets, Strip District hosts one of the best
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
On the second Sunday of every month between May and October, the parking lot on 23rd Street in the Strip District comes alive, as a pop-up marketplace takes over for the day. The Neighborhood Flea ...
Metro Briefs August 11
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Congregation Beth Shalom will hold a communal Tisha B’av observance on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 6:45 p.m. Participants will hear from members of the community who will share poetry, prose, songs and st...