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Former Pittsburgher sinks his teeth into Discovery’s Shark Week

Most young children have either a “dinosaur thing” or a “shark thing” at some point in their toddlerhood, said David Shiffman. But while Shiffman remembers going through both phases, he eventually ...
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Denver rabbi joins Temple Sinai
Rabbi Keren Gorban spent much of her childhood struggling to choose between a future career as a doctor or a teacher. “I really loved the idea of healing people and making them feel better, and … I...
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The Squirrel Hill Redemption: A poet and prisoner bond over shared humanity, whitefish
Najmuddeen Salaam has met Rabbi David Lazar twice: once in prison and the other time in Lazar’s Squirrel Hill home.   During 18 years of incarceration in various Ohio penitentiaries, Salaam read La...
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Holocaust fallout, poor economy has decimated Greek Jewish culture
Tsipy Gur, executive director and founder of Classrooms Without Borders, a nonprofit provider of “experiential, extended term professional development for teachers in the metropolitan Pittsburgh re...
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Interfaith service stands strong in solidarity with Charleston
The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary hosted an interfaith memorial service on June 23 for the Charleston shooting victims, or “The Charleston Nine” as they have come to be known. The event was organ...
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Jewish advocates react as SCOTUS makes gay marriage law of the land
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling announced Friday morning, approved same-sex marriage for residents in all 50 states. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion. “No union is more pr...
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Pennsylvania’s anti-BDS resolution sends message to Israel: ‘We support you’
The Pennsylvania General Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. House Resolution 370, authored by Rep. Matthew...
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BRCA gene mutations affect young Jewish women of Pittsburgh
Faygie Sacks knew there was breast cancer on her mother’s side of the family and that three women had died from ovarian cancer on her father’s side, including her grandmother. So, at age 38, the Pi...
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‘Courting’ Jewish women, basketball is right on the mark
By Masha Shollar Special to The Chronicle  At first glance, this looks like any other pickup basketball game: It started with a few practice throws, a brief discussion about the fairness of the tea...
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JTA publisher steps down, editor tapped to lead agency
by JTA
Jul 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK – Mark J. Joffe, JTA’s longtime executive editor and publisher has announced that he has stepped down as head of the global Jewish news service, effective July 21, 2010. Following Joffe's ...
Coming up
by Angela Leibowicz
Community Editor
Jul 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
The Hillel Jewish University Center will hold an open houses Friday, July 30, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hillel JUC, 4607 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Staff and students will be on hand, and tours of the ...
Systems can spin turbines without wind blowing
by Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine
Jul 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear EarthTalk: I heard that some wind farms use fossil fuels to power their generators when the wind won’t. Doesn’t that defeat their whole renewable energy purpose? Why not let the wind power it ...
Biker to raise support for Jewish Service Corps
by Staff
Jul 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Emma Epstein, currently of Washington, D.C., will soon depart on a 3,100-mile cross-country bike tour to raise awareness and support for AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. She is expected to arrive ...
Noahides establish website for interested followers
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Jul 22, 2010 | 5 5 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
Amy Boiles lives in Denver City, Texas, a town of some 4,000 residents, situated near the New Mexico state line. Boiles, like the others in Denver City, was a practicing Christian — until about a y...
Wheelchair-bound Pittsburgher recovers, competes in games
by Brandt Gelman
Staff Writer
Jul 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
It is difficult for people to grasp the concept of how precious life is. Many attempt to live their lives to the fullest every day, but are thwarted in their attempts and believe they can simply re...
Russian university opens Jewish culture department
by JTA
Jul 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
A Russian university has established a department for Jewish culture. St. Petersburg University's Academic Commission voted unanimously July 12 to establish a Department of Jewish Culture as part o...
Countries sign pact to fight anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial
by JTA
Jul 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- More than 80 countries signed an agreement to cooperate in the fight against anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. The Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Re...
U.S. court fines N. Korea over Israel attack
by JTA
Jul 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
A U.S. federal court has fined North Korea $300 million for financing a 1972 attack on Israel's airport. Twenty-six people were killed and more than 80 wounded in the attack on the Lod Airport, now...
Opposition to Israeli conversion bill mounts
by Sarah Freishtat
JTA
Jul 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Opposition to a proposed Israeli conversion bill is mounting, from the U.S. Congress to the Israeli prime minister. Meanwhile, the bill is likely to be put on hold while the Knesset ad...