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7th-grader’s act of kindness for a friend gains worldwide audience
Like most children celebrating a bar or bat mitzvah, Jesse Kaufman of Monroeville undertook a mitzvah project: After his bar mitzvah last August at the Chabad Jewish Center, he donated every cent o...
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Eyewitness to history: The letters of Tmima Bar Ilan
Some people read about history, other people live it. Tmima Bar Ilan, nonagenarian mother of popular local Hebrew teacher Naama Lazar, was one of the latter. She experienced some of the most tumult...
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Gospel singers come to New Light for ‘awesome’ MLK celebration
On one side of New Light Congregation’s pulpit sits an American flag, on the other an Israeli one. For one night, flanked between those flags, stood gospel-singing church members. “I am really exci...
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Pittsburgher joins national cohort to Israel
Dan Friedman entered the movie theater. Before the film began, he received an instruction:  “If the siren blares, you have 15 seconds to enter the bomb shelter.” The film started. The siren never s...
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Here’s one high-flying nonprofit that’s definitely gone to the dogs
Up above the clouds in a small airline carrier, a voice breaks up the sounds from the engine. “Animal rescue team flight No. 920,” an air traffic controller announced over a two-way radio. Another ...
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FIDF makes heartfelt pitch to gather support in Pittsburgh
Seeking to expand its reach to the Steel City, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) brought its message of aiding Israeli soldiers and veterans to a 30-strong group in Squirrel Hill last wee...
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Foreign author shares familiar tales of daring and reflection
In a decorated home nestled between Squirrel Hill and Oakland, 20 people gathered to hear Howard Goldenberg, an Australian doctor, author and marathoner, share familial anecdotes alongside excerpts...
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Holocaust Center director resigns, takes animal welfare position
Joy Braunstein is pursuing greener pastures. Within days, Braunstein will officially resign as director of the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and become executive d...
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Metro Briefs January 15
Ronna Harris Askin is the new executive director of the Jewish Assistance Fund. She replaces retiring executive director Ellen Primis, who shaped the organization as its first executive director. P...
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Metro Briefs August 16
Aug 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Steven Cohen , a leading sociologist whose current research focuses on the emerging patterns of Jewish identity and community among Jews in their 20s and 30s, will be the next speaker in the “Conve...
Hillel JUC has strategies to engage more students in Jewish life on campus
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Aug 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
Incoming Jewish freshmen have not yet unpacked their bags or begun to get settled into their University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University dorms, but the folks at Hillel Jewish University...
Moishe House coming to Pittsburgh; $6M investment clears way for project
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Aug 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Moishe House, an international organization providing Jewish experiences to young adults in their 20s by creating home-based communities, is coming to Pittsburgh. In fact, it’s already here. Four 2...
Holocaust, August Wilson centers to partner on ‘Nazi Olympics’ exhibition
Aug 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the August Wilson Center for African American Culture have announced a partnership to present “The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936...
Metro Briefs August 9
Aug 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Walter Jacob , rabbi emeritus of Rodef Shalom Congregation, is out with a new book — his 40th. At 59 pages, it’s hardly Jacob’s longest book, but it may be his most personal. “Benno Jacob: Sc...
Federation campaign reaches $13M goal — all-time high
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Aug 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Centennial Year Annual Campaign closed last week after achieving its record goal of $13 million. “We were confident it would come in,” Federation Chair...
Weinberg assumes principal position at Hillel Academy
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Aug 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Sam Weinberg has been named the new principal of Hillel Academy, succeeding Rabbi Avrumi Sacks, who is leaving the school after three years. Sacks will be available to consult with Weinberg, ...
Rosh Hashana cover contest begins
Aug 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Chronicle invites Pittsburgh area Jewish students, from kindergarten through 12th grade, to present their cover designs for our Rosh Hashana edition, which will be published Sept. 13. Th...
Locals join 90,000 for Siyum HaShas
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Aug 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Over 90,000 mostly Orthodox Jews packed MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., last Wednesday night for the 12th Siyum HaShas, the celebration of the seven-and-a-half-year study cycle of the Tal...
Temple B'nai Israel prepares to mark centennial with banquet
by Andrew Goldstein, Staff Writer
Aug 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
There is one undeniable fact about Temple B’nai Israel: it’s a survivor. The White Oak-based Reform congregation is preparing to celebrate its centennial — something many other congregations up and...