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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...
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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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Hillel JUC’s new Israel Fellow has unique take on Palestinian conflict
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Sep 27, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
While Israel Defense Forces (IDF) fought, killed ‘and were killed by’ Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Aharon David related to his enemy in a very different way. He gave them medical treatment. “We ...
Pittsburgh ponies up $150K for Israeli wilderness youth group
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Sep 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburghers raised $150,000 this year to support an Israeli program that takes Jewish youth back to nature and gives them a sense of ownership in their country. The fundraising for the program, k...
20-somethings turn out for erev Rosh Hashana party
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Sep 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
The Carnegie Museum Café was the setting Sunday night for a New Year’s Eve-style Rosh Hashana event designed for young Jews looking for an alternative way to connect with their heritage. From 8:30 ...
Holocaust Testimony Project assures voices of survivors won’t be lost
by Abby Gordon, Chronicle Correspondent
Sep 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh celebrated its 30th anniversary last week by releasing The Holocaust Testimony Project — a two-disc DVD set preserving the firsth...
Joint Jewish Education Program begins school year with new hope
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Sep 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
More then 120 religious school students gathered at Rodef Shalom Congregation Sunday, Sept. 9, as part of a groundbreaking day for two area congregations. It was the first day of religious school a...
Breaking the fast and staying in control on Yom Kippur
by Deborah Beck Busis, For the Chronicle
Sep 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
PHILADELPHIA — Eating reasonably during Yom Kippur break fast can be challenging.  Many people think it’s reasonable to eat whatever they want, in whatever quantity they want.  But they can easily ...
Metro Briefs September 13
Sep 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh Councilman Corey O’Connor has requested that the city extend the courtesy of a “no ticketing” policy for street cleaning during Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, as well as Sukkot and Simchat...
Jewish Studies Program takes look at Squirrel Hill
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Sep 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Studies Program (JSP) at the University of Pittsburgh is kicking off a community/academic project to study the city’s only predominantly Jewish neighborhood. JSP is launching the Squirre...
Graffiti artists support Israel with mural project at Pitt
by Lindsay Dill, Chronicle photos
Sep 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
Graffiti artists Jimmy “Gloss Black” (left), of Philadelphia; “BROKER” (middle), of New York; and COL (right), of New York, paint interpretations of Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s tomato soup can, Thursd...
Dayan: Israel would strike Iran if sanctions fail
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Sep 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
A major general in the Israeli army said the Jewish state would launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities as a last resort, if sanctions fail and no other steps are taken to pre...