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Local Torah cements spiritual link between Pittsburgh and northern Israel
The quick thinking of a local Jewish community leader has resulted in the deepening of spiritual ties between Pittsburgh and its sister city in Israel. Sue Linzer, former director of the Overseas P...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Documenting slow decline of a vanishing Latrobe congregation
At the beginning of 2013, documentarian Brad Lichtenstein, president of 371 Productions and winner of two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards from Columbia’s School of Journalism, was looki...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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In a city of bridges, this one stands out at Rodef Shalom
Pittsburgh has 446 bridges, but none with more character than the one being played at Rodef Shalom Congregation. For the past 24 years, roughly 130 players have gathered from north, south, east and...
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Tax credits go to redevelop former Poli’s site
A recent announcement of tax credits is bringing smiles across the commonwealth, including in Pittsburgh, where a little over $1.1 million for each of 10 years, or a little over $11 million over a ...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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London rabbi inspires on anniversary of late leader’s passing
In the years since the June 12, 1994, passing of the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, at New York City’s Beth Israel hospital, the anniversary of that date — the third day o...
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Mah jongg’s clickety-clack gets louder
Sue Bertenthal remembers the clanking sound of tiles and the voices of her mother and grandmother calling out phrases like “three bam,” “four crack” and “soap” while sitting around a card table wit...
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Metro Briefs July 21
The Squirrel Hill Historical Society will hold its next free meeting on Tuesday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave. Speaker Linda Nyman, co-owner of Penn Brewery, will...
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PAJC closes, leaves behind storied legacy
After more than 70 years of fostering positive interfaith relations, advocating for a host of social justice issues and producing some key players on the national and international stage, the Pitts...
Jul 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs July 14
JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum is now accepting submissions for the sixth annual Robinson International Short Film Competition. The winners will be awarded one Gold Prize of $10,000 and tw...
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Film to show how technology uncovered secrets of death camp
Oct 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Duquesne University will mark Kristallnacht by screening a documentary honoring the 70th anniversary of a Jewish rebellion at the Nazi extermination camp of Sobibor. The 35-minute film, “Deadly Dec...
Indy living concept for dementia residents shows JAA the future
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Oct 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Addressing a capacity crowd at the Jewish Association on Aging’s annual meeting, Steve Halpern painted the broad brushstrokes of JAA’s future: “the deinstitutionalization of senior living.” Halpern...
Kosher group home to open here next year
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Oct 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Squirrel Hill’s first kosher group home for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities is slated to be up and running by mid-2014. The home, which will provide 24-hour care, seven...
Dershowitz, from law to Israel to new memoir, continues to fight for underdogs
by Matt Robinson, JNS.org
Oct 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 168 168 recommendations | email to a friend
Claus von Bülow, Mike Tyson, O.J. Simpson, and a number of lesser-known names, from the indigent to the infamous, have been Alan Dershowitz’s clients. Some may have been unpopular, but the noted at...
Women of the Wall to be celebrated at local Rosh Chodesh service
Oct 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Women of the Wall will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in Jerusalem on Rosh Chodesh Kislev, Nov. 3 and 4.  In recognition of the milestone, Rodef Shalom Congregation and the Jewish Women’s Cent...
Michelle Madoff-Scheske fought for clean air, women’s rights on the Pittsburgh City ‘Circus’
by Matthew Wein, Chronicle Correspondent
Oct 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Michelle Madoff-Scheske, the colorful and divisive Squirrel Hill woman who served on Pittsburgh City Council for more than 15 years, and whose brash outspokenness and flare for argument made her on...
USCJ conference evoked soul searching as members mulled movement’s future
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Oct 24, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Last week’s centennial meeting of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism was billed as “The Conversation of the Century.” And for the 1,200 Conservative Jews gathered in Baltimore for the con...
TOL-OLS finished 9th in Day of Giving
Oct 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Tree of Life-Or L’Simcha Congregation finished ninth in The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Annual Day of Giving earlier this month. The congregation joined Rodef Shalom and the Jewish Federation of Greate...
JFNA research analyst finds few surprises, but challenges in Pew survey
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Oct 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz didn’t bring any specific proposals to Pittsburgh last week when he met with Jewish leaders about the just-released Pew Survey of U.S. Jews. But the senior director for re...
Metro Briefs October 24
Oct 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will present “Lessons from Kristallnacht: Maintaining Jewish Life, Culture, & Vibrancy in the ‘Ghetto,’ ” Sunday, Nov. 10, 6:30 p...