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Longtime Leader Leaving Pittsburgh Kollel
After 16 years at the helm of the Kollel Jewish Learning Center, Rabbi Aaron Kagan has announced his resignation. Effective this summer, Kagan will leave the institution his late father, Rabbi Shau...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs April 17
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh invites Pittsburghers to celebrate Israel Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, on Tuesday, May 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Israel Fest, or iFest, at th...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Restroom petition is valuable lesson for Hillel Academy second-graders
When students from Hillel Academy’s second grade wanted a restroom installed at one of their favorite parks, they traveled downtown. “It started with a story in their reader, and then we came acros...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Christianity as Judaism? For Jewish Federation’s Roman, it’s ‘spiritual deception’
Flyers distributed around Squirrel Hill advertising “Passover Worship” led by “Messianic rabbis” are the latest effort by a Christian evangelical organization to proselytize to Pittsburgh’s Jewish ...
Apr 22, 2014 | 4 4 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diller Teens come to town, use unique experience to bond
Shahak Avshalom admitted that he did not know that much about Pittsburgh. “I knew about the steel industry and the sports teams,” said the teenager. But the Israeli native learned a lot more about ...
Apr 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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More and more, Modern Orthodox women are becoming synagogue ‘partners’
It is erev Shabbat at Shira Hadasha, an “Orthodox, feminist congregation” in Jerusalem. A traditional mechitza divides the males from the females, who are there in equal numbers. Married women have...
Apr 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Looking at ‘Noah’ through lens of Jewish tradition
Epic films based on the Hebrew Bible have never quite gone away, but this once-popular genre has become very sporadic. Aside from “Prince of Egypt” in 1998 and “One Night with the King” in 2006, it...
Apr 11, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rodef Shalom to welcome refugees at its community Seder
This Passover, Rodef Shalom Congregation will invite guests to its community Seder who have much to share on the subject of freedom: They are refugees from the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and the E...
Apr 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Something to Sing About
Nine talented teens from Pittsburgh’s Jewish community were among a group from across the United States and Israel that participated in the 21st annual Gala Concert of HaZamir: The International Je...
Apr 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Involvement in arson attack leads to Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira's arrest
by JTA
Jan 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
The head of a West Bank yeshiva was arrested for his alleged involvement in an arson attack on a nearby mosque. Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, one of the leaders of the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in the norther...
Tefillin incident grounds airplane; airlines admit error
by Bryan Schwartzman
Jewish Exponent
Jan 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
PHILADELPHIA — If there’s any upshot to the misunderstanding that grounded a small aircraft last week in Philadelphia — and scared the wits out of two Jewish teenagers — it’s that the general publi...
North American conference confronts ‘new reality’ for day schools
by Josh Lipowsky
The Jewish Standard
Jan 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
TEANECK, N.J. — In a time of economic uncertainty, when fund-raising campaigns are down and school tuitions are up, members of the North American day school community crossed denominational lines t...
Hebrew Institute photo collection goes online at Pitt archive
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Jan 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Longtime residents of Pittsburgh should get a kick out of viewing the collection of photographs from the early days of the Hebrew Institute, recently posted by the Rauh Jewish Archives to the Unive...
Rodef Shalom panel on dating violence to focus on education
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Jan 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Rodef Shalom Congregation will hold a panel discussion called “Domestic Violence 2010: Era of Change,” focused on teenage dating violence, Monday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m. The discussion, sponsored by the Je...
Pittsburgh schools join JNF tree-planting effort for Tu B’Shevat
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Jan 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish National Fund hopes to plant as many as 12,000 trees this year through a student–based program to raise interest in the activity. Through Trees for Tu BiShvat, as the program is known, e...
North American conference confronts ‘new reality’ for day schools
by Josh Lipowsky
The Jewish Standard
Jan 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
TEANECK, N.J. — In a time of economic uncertainty, when fund-raising campaigns are down and school tuitions are up, members of the North American day school community crossed denominational lines t...
Speaker: U.S. must make Israel an ‘offer it can’t refuse’ to achieve peace
by Derek Kwait and Lee Chottiner Chronicle
Staff
Jan 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Despairing that Israel can find a solution to its conflict with the Palestinians alone, the featured speaker at a J Street program last week, called for a third party — the United States — to step ...
From Jaffa orange wrappers to a PM’s autograph, Lowy’s life is there for the reading
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Jan 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
WHEELING, W. Va. — Nineteenth century circumcision tools, along with antique kosher slaughtering knives, are encased in glass in the dining room. An electric train set — rivaling that of the Carneg...
Dor Hadash, Tree of Life ink space sharing deal
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Jan 27, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The corner of Shady and Wilkins avenues in Squirrel Hill is becoming a crowded address for congregations. Congregation Dor Hadash has announced that it will move into the Tree of Life synagogue thi...