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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 ...
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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Metro Briefs April 2
Apr 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend
The South Hills Genealogy Day and Pancake Festival will be held on Sunday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Beth El Congregation, 1900 Cochran Road. The day will include free genealogy programming...
As Fox Chapel grows, ‘Shternie’s school’ at Chabad is the perfect fit
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent influx of young Jewish families in Fox Chapel has created both an appreciable need and an exciting opportunity, said Shternie Rosenfeld, co-director of Chabad Fox Chapel. The need, she sai...
A few minutes of care can prevent a lifetime of regret
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Apr 01, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
The tragedy of seven children dying in a fire in Brooklyn, N.Y., last week has drawn attention to some Jewish practices in observing Shabbat and holidays. Rabbinical and community leaders in Pitts-...
Sally Levin, matriarch of Levin Furniture, provided comfort to those in need
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Apr 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
Sally Levin, a woman whose generosity imparted comfort much like the furniture she sold, lost her battle with colon cancer on Saturday, March 7. She was 88. For years, Levin worked alongside her hu...
Israeli cutting-edge medical startups wow Pittsburgh business, medical communities
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Apr 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
What Jewish teen hasn’t said to himself or herself, “I want to find a cure for cancer,” or, “I want to invent something that will help people,” or simply, “I want to make the world a better place.”...
Senate candidate Sestak takes foreign policy stand, backing Obama
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
Retired Navy Adm. Joe Sestak, who kicked off his campaign for the U.S. Senate in early March by walking 422 miles across the state of Pennsylvania, addressed foreign policy issues at a tiny coffee ...
Hitting a high note: Campus Superstar thrills again
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
The estimated 1,000 audience members at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland last Thursday night were tasked with a pretty hard job: After hearing the 10 student finalists sing their respective heart...
Carnegie’s new curator of photography has worldwide focus
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Apr 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
Dan Leers is coming home, and with him, he is bringing a global perspective on photography. Newly hired as the curator of photography for the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Leers, 34, is thrilled ...
AJL’s functions to be assumed by Federation and JCC
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 31, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
The Agency for Jewish Learning, a longtime cornerstone for Jewish education in Pittsburgh, will dissolve as an independent organization in the coming months, merging its functions with the Jewish C...
Retro review: Famous playwright chronicled tenement life of Lower East Side
by By Hilary Daninhirsch Chronicle Correspondent
Mar 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
Before she was Bella Spewack, the playwright who penned the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit, “Kiss Me, Kate,” she was Bella Cohen, an Eastern European Jewish immigrant who grew up in the tenements ...