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Metro Briefs April 16
Two hundred sixth- through 12th-grade area teens , along with 15,000 Jewish teens in 80 communities across 16 countries, will participate in a day of community service and improvement projects, as ...
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Leadership Pittsburgh gives off great vibe in meeting community’s challenges
It shouldn’t be too surprising that the CEO and president of the area’s premier leadership program has the initials A.M.O., much like the slang form of ammunition, meaning the information used to p...
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Iran oversight advances after last-minute negotiations

In the end, Maryland’s newly ascendant junior senator got what he wanted. The unanimous passing Tuesday of the Iran Nuclear Review Act of 2015, referred to colloquially as the Corker bill after its...
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ZOA, CAMERA target Post-Gazette for anti-Israel bias
Jewish groups singled out the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for rebuke, calling the daily newspaper out for purported anti-Israel bias in its editorials. In a letter addressed to Post-Gazette publisher a...
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Metro Briefs April 9
The Western Pennsylvania Auxiliary for Exceptional People will host a post-Passover luncheon for its regular members and the Jewish Singles Special Needs Group on Sunday, April 12 from noon to 2 p....
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Lifelong connections, call to action drive Diller Teen Fellows

There was a lot about his visit to Pittsburgh that Zohar Mattatia found compelling, he said, including a tour of the Andy Warhol Museum and a visit to “all different kinds of synagogues.” But while...
Apr 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Etty,’ the play: from Amsterdam to Auschwitz
Classrooms Without Borders is offering the opportunity to step back in time to spend an evening with a bright, young Dutch Jew, Etty Hillesum, who was murdered in Auschwitz in 1943 at the age of 29...
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Knitters, crocheters find nirvana at city’s popular festival

Entering the ballroom of the Westin Convention Center on Sunday, March 29 was like walking into a rainbow, surrounded by splashes of kaleidoscopic color from every angle. More than 70 vendors fille...
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‘Passport to Israel,’ scholarships help make teen trips to Israel a reality
Organized teen travel to Israel is among the top predictors for strong Jewish engagement into adulthood, according to several recent studies, but those trips can be pricey, ranging from $5,000 to m...
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Local core of Israel advocates to build alliances
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
Twenty local leaders have completed nine hours of training to hone their Israel advocacy skills by participating in a countrywide initiative of the Israel Action Network (IAN) of the Jewish Federat...
White House Chanukah party celebrates the Alan Gross ‘miracle’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 23, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Aaron Bisno visited the White House once as a child on a brief tour, but this time his experience was vastly different. One of about 500 guests at the second of two White House Chanukah parti...
Ben-Gurion: ‘History’s gift to the Jewish people’
by Neal Gendler
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 192 192 recommendations | email to a friend
“David Ben-Gurion’s greatest years were between 1942 and 1953,” said Anita Shapira, author of the latest in Yale’s “Jewish Lives” series of short biographies. “It seems that his whole life was but ...
As ‘Gone with the Wind’ turns 75, examining the Jewish influence on an epic film
by Robert Gluck, JNS.org
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 186 186 recommendations | email to a friend
The 75th anniversary of the premiere of “Gone with the Wind” on Dec. 15 presents an opportunity to examine the Jewish influence on one of the most popular films of all time. That influence starts w...
At 98, Kirk Douglas finds his poetic muse
by Tom Tugend, JTA
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 182 182 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES — Kirk Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch, the son of an immigrant Russian Jewish ragman, marked his 98th birthday on Dec. 9 by launching his 11th book. The legendary star of 87 movies (w...
‘Sheriff of Mars’ unveils endearing life of Jewish music star hidden in the fields of France
by Maayan Jaffe, JNS.org
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 179 179 recommendations | email to a friend
It was an era of steel strings, guitar heroes and storytellers — high on heroin, rebellious. Outlaw country music, the hallmark of Nashville’s powerful and angry music scene of the 1970s, was the b...
Metro Briefs December 18
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Chabad of Pittsburgh's annual Car Menorah Parade will begin on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 4:45 p.m. The route begins at Chabad Lubavitch Center at 2100 Wightman St. with cars lining up to head south on Wig...
ZOA goes on attack against Conflict Kitchen’s anti-Israel propaganda
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
If an art project that was supported and funded by a major university targeted and demonized African-Americans or Latinos or homosexuals, Susan Tuchman is “virtually certain” that such a project wo...
Presenting Palestinian narrative is “difficult work” say artists
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
The challenges confronted by artists who present Palestinian narratives through art was the subject of “Difficult Work,” a panel discussion at the Mattress Factory Museum on Dec. 9. Featured on the...
End of an era: Soon, all that will remain will be Beth Israel’s history, legacy
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
Inside a yellowish brick building in Latrobe, an elderly man watched as his synagogue’s belongings were packed away. Mickey Radman, whose membership at Beth Israel Congregation spans five decades, ...