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‘Germany Up Close’ is eye-opener to area participants
Sam Siskind entered his last name and his mother’s maiden name into a database at a Holocaust museum in Berlin. He didn’t know of any relatives who died in the Shoah, but nonetheless several people...
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Challenging childhood, mom’s devotion leads to flourishing program for developmentally disabled
Philadelphian Jonah Selber wakes up, goes to work and then returns home. Occasionally, he makes dinner. Selber lives an ordinary life, but to those who know him, he is anything but ordinary. Selber...
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Metro Briefs September 11
Chabad House on Campus will hold its 26th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eddy Theatre, Chatham University, 1 Woodland Road. Bari Weiss, associate books editor at Th...
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Israeli bank makes deployment of lone soldiers a little easier
It’s a lot harder to be the parent of a soldier fighting in wartime than it is to be a soldier fighting in wartime, according to Zur Goldblum. He should know. The Israeli-born owner of Squirrel Hil...
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With embrace of kosher food, Pitt looks to expanding Jewish population
There are some happy tummies in Oakland these days. This month, the University of Pittsburgh began offering kosher food as part of its regular meal plan. Located inside the retail part of Pitt’s Li...
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South Hills congregation embraces links to Ukrainian town
Shepetovka, Ukraine is about 4,800 miles from Pittsburgh, but Beth El Congregation of the South Hills is trying to bring that distance a little closer. For the past four years, the congregation has...
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National communal lobbyist brings social justice pitch to Pittsburgh
When Rabbi Steve Gutow met with Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, he gave her a mezuzah; when he met with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, he gave officials a message. The pr...
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Center provides lifeline not only for IDF soldiers, but also for their far-away families
When Stacie and Todd Stufflebeam of Squirrel Hill read the news that 13 Golani Brigade soldiers were killed in Gaza on July 20, their first thought was “call Mike.” The Stufflebeams’ son, Adam, is ...
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European anti-Semitism worries State Dept. official
It’s been nearly a decade since a bipartisan Congress tasked the State Department with the creation of a special envoy to combat anti-Semitism abroad, but if you ask Ira Forman, the current occupan...
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Conservative Judaism set to open first shul in Australia
by Dan Goldberg
JTA
Mar 25, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
SYDNEY, Australia -- It began with a small ad placed in the Melbourne edition of the Australian Jewish News by John Rosenberg, a Jewish professor who liked neither the constraints of Orthodoxy nor ...
Rise of Conservative right alarming Hungary's Jews
by Ruth Ellen Gruber
Mar 25, 2010 | 2 2 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
PRAGUE -- The radical far-right Jobbik party is poised to emerge in next month's elections in Hungary as a potent force in Parliament, and the prospect is ringing alarm bells in Central Europe's la...
Girls in Trouble make music out of Torah study
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Mar 25, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Torah scholar. Indie rocker. Nary the two shall meet; at least that’s what conventional thinking would say. But don’t tell that to Alicia Jo Rabins, the Brooklyn-via-Baltimore songwriter and leader...
Hillel urges students to make their own seders this year
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Mar 25, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Hillel Jewish University Center is doing something unusual for a campus Jewish organization: It’s telling its members to go somewhere else for Passover. No kidding. Hillel, which usually hosts scor...
City’s only kosher meat restaurant to close, but owners look forward
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Mar 25, 2010 | 2 2 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
Around lunchtime, the inside of Aaron and Ari’s Grill on Murray Avenue shows all the requisite elements of a restaurant: tables, chairs, a counter, a drink case. Only one thing is missing: people. ...
Ari Jacobs' artwork selected for Passover cover
by Ari Jacobs
Mar 24, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Ari Jacobs is the winner of The Chronicle’s Passover cover contest. Ari is 8 and 1/2 years old and is in the third grade at Yeshiva Schools. His interests are playing basketball, baseball and trump...
Dor Hadash parades its Torahs to new home at Tree of Life
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Mar 24, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
On one of the first spring days warm enough to draw sweat, Dan Resnick stood on the corner of Aylesboro and Shady avenues in Squirrel Hill wearing a sweater and jacket, smiling wide. Forget the hea...
Groups pushed for health care reform, but some keeping quiet on bill
by Jacob Berkman
JTA
Mar 24, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- Several Jewish non-profit groups are lauding passage of health care reform legislation, saying it will benefit the community on a number of levels. Other groups, however, are keeping qu...
Fund created in honor of Pittsburgh midwife, 100 years after her death
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Mar 24, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Jews have long had their differences, but most of those born in the Hill District in the late 1800s and early 1900s had at least one thing in common: they were brought into the world by a midwife k...
Maryland rabbi visits Pittsburgh, collects books for infant Jewish community
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Mar 24, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
The universe is almost unnervingly in sync for Rabbi Howard Gorin. On Jan. 1, the very day Gorin, the rabbi of Tikvat Israel Congregation in Rockville, Md., was holding a book sale at his synagogue...