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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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Pitt Grad Student Brings Birthright to Seder Table
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
For Aliyah Weinstein, who moved to the area last August to begin an immunology graduate program at the University of Pittsburgh, this Passover was her first apart from her New Jersey-based family. ...
Genetic Health Education Gets Foundation Nod
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) has approved a $45,000 grant to fund the development of a genetic health curriculum for middle school students at Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools: Commu...




Shoah Survival Suffuses Rogers Assistant’s Mission
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Apr 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
There exists a direct link between the messages of Fred Rogers and moving through traumatic adversity such as the Holocaust. Hedda Bluestone Sharapan spent 45 years working side by side with “Miste...
CDS offering shuttle to Yom Hashoah program
Apr 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Join Community Day School for the communitywide Yom Hashoah program at Heinz Hall, Remembering Through Music, on Sunday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. To avoid traffic and parking downtown, CDS is offering...
Warhol, PSO Join Federation's Holocaust Center for Yom Hashoah
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Apr 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The Andy Warhol Museum and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra are partnering with the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh for the city’s 2014 observance of Yom Hashoah. E...
Longtime Leader Leaving Pittsburgh Kollel
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Metro Briefs April 17
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Restroom petition is valuable lesson for Hillel Academy second-graders
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Christianity as Judaism? For Jewish Federation’s Roman, it’s ‘spiritual deception’
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Apr 22, 2014 | 10 10 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
Diller Teens come to town, use unique experience to bond
by Alex Stumpf, Chronicle Correspondent
Apr 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...