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Too much to do: At 82, Harris Baum is not slowing down
The honorary consul general of the Republic of Korea in Philadelphia doesn’t receive a dime. But he does get a reserved parking spot right outside his swank Market Street office. The man who has li...
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Metro Briefs July 30
The Zionist Organization of America — Pittsburgh District is hosting a program titled, “The Legacy of Sepharad: New and Old Encounters between Spain and the Jews,” with Michal Rose Friedman on Tues...
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Adelson ready to take charge at Beth Shalom
Rabbi Seth Adelson, who becomes a senior rabbi at Beth Shalom on Aug. 10, did not always want to be a rabbi. After growing up in a “very small town in the rural Berkshires of Massachusetts” and att...
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Temple Sinai puts exclamation mark on music with hiring of new cantor
Cantor Laura Berman recalls crying in the parking lot of the old B’nai Israel Synagogue on Negley Avenue as a third-grader starting Hebrew school. The late Claryne Karsh had been directing a youth ...
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At Camp Twin Echo, paintball, baseball and bonfires join Torah studies
For several hours each morning, the Yeshiva high school boys spend their summer days much like they do during the school year: studying Judaics and engaging in prayer. But their afternoons look a l...
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Eye-opener: JFNA trip runs the gamut of emotions
Six members of the local chapter of Jewish Federations of North America have just returned from a JFNA organized trip to Tbilisi, Georgia, and Israel. The Pittsburgh chapter also visited Istanbul f...
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Buskers get stamp of approval as outdoor music in Squirrel Hill takes off
Squirrel Hill has a new music scene — the street. For years, buskers (those who perform on the street or in subways for money or other gratuities) have popped up in the neighborhood. At points ther...
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Should bystanders come to the rescue?
P.N., who asked not to be named in this article, was taking a walk with her husband and their two small children in Squirrel Hill last week, when they stopped into the Rite Aid at Forbes and Murray...
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Interim rabbi listened, and Beth Shalom responded with new rabbi, dream team
Rabbi Amy Levin was not entirely sure what her time as an interim rabbi would look like when she arrived at Beth Shalom last summer for a one-year stint to help the Conservative congregation throug...
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Book review: A ‘rational’ loss of faith is compounded by rejection, disgrace
by Neal Gendler
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
Shulem Deen’s journey from Skverer Hasid to Brooklyn unbeliever is a fascinating, disturbing memoir of loss — loss of faith, family and a once-certain future. His former community, taught not to qu...
Effective advocacy for Israel: learning techniques that work
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
Supporters of the State of Israel often feel angry and frustrated when they read incorrect and misleading  articles on the Israeli elections, the Arab-Israel conflict and other related topics, but ...
Center for Women’s internship program provides huge workforce opportunity
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
Karen Burns Sharif had been out of the workforce for about 10 years, primarily as a stay-at-home mom, when she first heard about the Center for Women’s internship program for women seeking to enter...
Jew in the City tackles stereotypes head-on
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
Allison Josephs’ first impression of Orthodox Jews was formed in her childhood, based on her secular physician father’s complaints about treating his Chasidic patients. He would come home after wor...
For these two nuns, Holocaust education has always come first
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
May 06, 2015 | 2 2 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
Some people are motivated by a desire for money; others for adulation and fame. Some people do good when others are watching but turn away if no one is looking. Others, like the righteous gentiles ...
Candidates offer starkly contrasting perspectives
by Dave Rullo, Special to The Chronicle
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor's note: This story has been updated.) Pittsburgh school district candidates Kirk Burkley and Lynda Wrenn presented their vision for District 4 on Thursday, April 30, at the Jewish Community...
Briskin’s furs for the homeless provide street-level luxury
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
To Ken Briskin, a garment made of fur is far more than a luxury. It can save a life. Briskin, the owner of Briskin Furs in Aspinwall, has been repurposing old fur pieces to help warm the homeless f...
Gold on the Galilee: Israeli kayaker comes of age, eyes Olympics
by Orit Arfa, JNS.org
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
Three years ago, kayaking coach Roei Lev found aspiring Olympian Ilya Podpolnyy crying on the steps of the Jordan Valley Sprint Kayak Club overlooking the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Podpolnyy, then...
London benefactor grooming tennis champs in Israel — and he has a prized pupil
by Howard Blas, JTA
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
Can Yishai Oliel become Israel’s version of tennis champion Novak Djokovic? London businessman David Coffer is hoping the Ramle teenager can someday join such heady company — and he’s backing up hi...
Metro Briefs April 30
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On Sunday, May 3 Pittsburgh will have more than the Dick’s  Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon to celebrate. Partnership2Gether (P2G) — a program that links Pittsburgh with Karmiel and Misgav, the ...