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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 | 3 3 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...
Jun 24, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Reese finally skating with his hometown team
by Andrew Goldstein, Chronicle Correspondent
Feb 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
New York Islanders forward Colin McDonald hit Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy into the boards behind the Penguins net during a Jan. 29  game, knocking Lovejoy out of the contest. Unbeknownst at tha...
PAJC to hold inaugural Caplan-Lieber Bridge Builders Award Reception
Feb 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee will hold its inaugural Caplan-Lieber Bridge Builders Award reception, Tuesday, March 12, 5:30 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Downtown. Mark S. Frank, Justi...
Temple Emanuel opened synagogue to Orthodox bar mitzva
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Feb 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
This is a story of a family whose Orthodox bar mitzva celebration was enabled and enhanced by a Reform congregation. But more importantly, this is a story about the possibilities that can transpire...
Shalit’s negotiator describes soldier’s five-year odyssey
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Feb 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
As Gershon Baskin stood over the grave of his wife’s cousin, a simple Israeli candy-maker abducted by Hamas terrorists who tortured and murdered him, he felt tortured himself. The family of the can...
Pittsburgh marks Jewish Disability Awareness Month
Feb 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
February marks Pittsburgh’s fifth Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month (JDAM) as part of a nationwide campaign dedicated to raise awareness and fostering inclusion of individuals with disabilities i...
Dylan Reese gets call-up from Pens
by staff and releases
Feb 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Dylan Reese, a Jewish defenseman and Pittsburgh area native will finally get a shot to play for his hometown team. The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Wednesday they have recalled Reese from their Wi...
Bullying film, discussion sheds critical light on dangerous issue
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Feb 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
It did not seem to matter that the bullies and their victims came from small towns, from the Bible Belt, or Sioux City, Iowa, or Perkins, Okla. And it did not matter that the relentless taunting an...
The Federation's Young Adult Division participated in making phone calls during Fundfest.
Feb 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
The 2013 Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Fundfest drew some 50 volunteers to the Young Adult Division Night of the fundraiser Sunday, Jan. 27. The volunteers helped raise money for vital hu...
Rodef Shalom, Temple Sinai to mark WRJ centennial
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Feb 03, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
The centennial anniversary of the Women of Reform Judaism will be marked in Pittsburgh Feb. 8 and 9 during special Shabbat programming at both Temple Sinai and Rodef Shalom Congregation. Using Shab...
Fundraising professionals promoted at Federation
Feb 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has promoted three professionals in a continuing effort to consolidate all of the organization’s financial resource development into a unified approach. ...