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Metro Briefs February 11
Repair the World, Green Building Alliance and p4 Pittsburgh will host an evening of inspirational stories about creating a sustainable, vibrant, healthy and just region as part of the Inspire Speak...
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Comedian Reiser still ‘mad’ about the girl from Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh in the early 1980s had about as much in common with Hollywood as Kansas had with Oz, but the Steel City nonetheless had a profound effect on the life of Paul Reiser, a budding young come...
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Concordia’s Jewish community continues to thrive
There is a large cross on the sign at the driveway on Bower Hill Road leading to Concordia of the South Hills, a senior retirement community in Mt. Lebanon. The cross is part of the logo of Concord...
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Chili cook-off at Shaare Torah brings the heat
In Texas, chili has no beans. In Pittsburgh, chili has all heart. On Thursday, Feb. 4, 10 cooks — equipped with carrots, coriander, cumin and even chicken — crammed the kitchen at Shaare Torah for ...
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Turkey, Israel take center stage at Pitt
Turkey and Israel have nothing to do with Thanksgiving in Jerusalem. They also have nothing to do with foreign policy, said Marcy Brink-Danan. “When people hear the words ‘Turkey’ and ‘Israel,’ the...
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Mark Frank, Naim Obeid and a shared vision for Akko’s future
Pittsburgh may have the seeds for Arab-Israeli coexistence in Akko. At least, Mark Frank and Naim Obeid believe so. Frank and Obeid traveled to Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) on Pittsburgh’s ...
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First annual Thank-A-Thon connects residents, donors
Pittsburgh’s golden girls would like to thank you for being a friend. Doris Kennedy, Margit Diamond, Dorothy Schorin, Inge Katzenstein, Ruth Ganz, Jean Gershon, Flo Wise and Sylvia Bober — all resi...
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Metro Briefs February 4
Dr. Nathan Bahary , associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and medical director of the Pancreatic Cancer Program at the Hillman Cancer Center, will speak at Congrega...
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Federation’s one-day mega phone-a-thon was ‘Super’
Despite unseasonal spring-like weather, droves of community volunteers willingly spent last Sunday indoors making telephone calls and raising $232,000, including $25,000 in matching funds, from 419...
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Federation’s one-day mega phone-a-thon was ‘Super’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Despite unseasonal spring-like weather, droves of community volunteers willingly spent last Sunday indoors making telephone calls and raising $232,000, including $25,000 in matching funds, from 419...
Coming together: Jewish, Chinese communities set to celebrate Lunar New Year
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Feb 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
For two weeks in February, Pittsburgh Jewish and Chinese communities will jointly celebrate the Lunar New Year.  Activities planned include martial arts and dance and music performances at the Jewi...
This Jewish Pitt student is competing on “Jeopardy!” Who is …?
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Feb 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
“Jewish Pitt Students” is the subject, and here is the clue. Between Feb. 1 and Feb. 12, this senior at the University of Pittsburgh will appear on “Jeopardy!” Who is Sarah Dubnik? That is correct....
AIPAC speaker sees ‘bleak’ period of Palestinian violence continuing
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Getting people interested in Palestinian politics is a hard sell, observed Grant Rumley, a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C., think tank. In the shad...
Cruisin’ rabbi leads Jewish community, and others, on the high seas
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Alvin Berkun has discovered a couple of “fringe benefits” to being a rabbi. The first, he joked, is his tallis; the second is the opportunity to travel the world on luxury cruise liners. Berkun, ra...
Yiddish enthusiasts bring their passion to Squirrel Hill
by By Toby TabachnickSenior Staff Writer
Jan 27, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
It may seem like an unlikely partnership, but 20-somethings David Andrews, a secular Jewish software engineer with a penchant for Yiddish culture, and Levi Pekar, a Lebovitch psychologist who grew ...
Advocate’s campaign on plight of Muslim women comes to Pittsburgh
by By Toby Tabachnick Senior Staff Writer
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
There are a lot of people who do not want to hear what Ayaan Hirsi Ali has to say about growing up as a female Muslim in Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Kenya. In 2014, Brandeis University silenced her v...
Joint celebration forges connection between Jewish, Muslim ‘sisters’
by By Toby Tabachnick Senior Staff Writer
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
The feminists who are members of Pittsburgh’s Jewish Women’s Center are in many ways different from the women of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, who tend toward the traditional. But by joining to...
Local poet’s intimate collection speaks to the Jewish soul
by By Toby Tabachnick Senior Staff Writer
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Anyone questioning the relevance of poetry in the 21st century could do herself a favor by checking out Rachel Mennies’ very intimate collection, “The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards,” a finalist...
Metro Briefs January 28
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Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee will hold its monthly East End Christian-Jewish Dialogue on Thursday, Feb. 4, from noon to 1:15 p.m. at Rodef Shalom. Rabbi Aaron Bisno will be discussing “The Rise...