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Longtime Leader Leaving Pittsburgh Kollel
After 16 years at the helm of the Kollel Jewish Learning Center, Rabbi Aaron Kagan has announced his resignation. Effective this summer, Kagan will leave the institution his late father, Rabbi Shau...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs April 17
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh invites Pittsburghers to celebrate Israel Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, on Tuesday, May 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Israel Fest, or iFest, at th...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Restroom petition is valuable lesson for Hillel Academy second-graders
When students from Hillel Academy’s second grade wanted a restroom installed at one of their favorite parks, they traveled downtown. “It started with a story in their reader, and then we came acros...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Christianity as Judaism? For Jewish Federation’s Roman, it’s ‘spiritual deception’
Flyers distributed around Squirrel Hill advertising “Passover Worship” led by “Messianic rabbis” are the latest effort by a Christian evangelical organization to proselytize to Pittsburgh’s Jewish ...
Apr 22, 2014 | 8 8 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diller Teens come to town, use unique experience to bond
Shahak Avshalom admitted that he did not know that much about Pittsburgh. “I knew about the steel industry and the sports teams,” said the teenager. But the Israeli native learned a lot more about ...
Apr 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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More and more, Modern Orthodox women are becoming synagogue ‘partners’
It is erev Shabbat at Shira Hadasha, an “Orthodox, feminist congregation” in Jerusalem. A traditional mechitza divides the males from the females, who are there in equal numbers. Married women have...
Apr 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Looking at ‘Noah’ through lens of Jewish tradition
Epic films based on the Hebrew Bible have never quite gone away, but this once-popular genre has become very sporadic. Aside from “Prince of Egypt” in 1998 and “One Night with the King” in 2006, it...
Apr 11, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rodef Shalom to welcome refugees at its community Seder
This Passover, Rodef Shalom Congregation will invite guests to its community Seder who have much to share on the subject of freedom: They are refugees from the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and the E...
Apr 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Something to Sing About
Nine talented teens from Pittsburgh’s Jewish community were among a group from across the United States and Israel that participated in the 21st annual Gala Concert of HaZamir: The International Je...
Apr 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israeli among dead, Chabad House destroyed in New Zealand quake
by JTA
Feb 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
SYDNEY, Australia -- An Israeli backpacker is among the dozens killed in an earthquake that devastated the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. At least 65 people are reported dead and many buildings...
Collecting Lincoln: The making of a national treasure
by Edmon J. Rodman
Feb 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES -- On Presidents Day, while remembering Washington and Lincoln, perhaps take a minute as well for Stern. Little known outside of bibliophiles and Civil War buffs, one of the greatest pr...
Feb 18, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a physician and peace activist whose three daughters were killed during the fighting in Gaza, will be speaking about his new book, “I Shall not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey...
Jews in Cranberry Township start to organize themselves
by Hilary Daninhirsch
Chronicle Correspondent
Feb 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
First, there was the JCC. Now, there’s the CCJ. That’s the abbreviation for the newly formed and unofficially named Cranberry Community Jews. Co-founders Jack Cohen and Michael Berman were childhoo...
Food Pantry receives $1.5 million endowment
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Feb 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Just about four months after the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry’s move into a larger facility, the $1.5 million endowment from Jewish community members Eric C. Cooper and Naomi Weisberg Siegel...
Ten Pittsburgh teens named AHA Honor Society inductees
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Feb 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Ten young Pittsburgh teenagers will be inducted into the American Hebrew Academy Honor Society, a distinction reserved nationwide for only 100 students who exhibit both strength in academics, and a...
Iconic musical ‘Hair’ launches a be-in at Heinz Hall
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Feb 16, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
When “Hair” debuted off-Broadway in 1967, it was a musical that attempted to capture the social unrest of youth culture struggling to find its place in American society. Almost 45 years later, it s...
Samuel Rosenberg painting is restored at Heinz History Center
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Feb 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Samuel Rosenberg, the influential painter who lived in Pittsburgh's Hill District, depicted many scenes of daily life in the city. His piece "Construction on Bigelow Boulevard, 1940," gives us an i...
Anti-Semitic fliers attack Emanuel
by Release
Feb 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Fliers with anti-Semitic messages directed against Chicago mayoral front-runner Rahm Emanuel were distributed on a train line that runs through the city. The flier, distributed at a Chicago Transit...
Pittsburgh psychiatrist opposed to Desmond Tutu speech at national meeting
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Feb 12, 2011 | 2 2 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
A Pittsburgh area psychiatrist is protesting an appearance by South African Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu at a national psychiatric gathering in May. Tutu is scheduled to deliver the principal addre...