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Federation’s one-day mega phone-a-thon was ‘Super’
Despite unseasonal spring-like weather, droves of community volunteers willingly spent last Sunday indoors making telephone calls and raising $232,000, including $25,000 in matching funds, from 419...
Feb 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coming together: Jewish, Chinese communities set to celebrate Lunar New Year
For two weeks in February, Pittsburgh Jewish and Chinese communities will jointly celebrate the Lunar New Year.  Activities planned include martial arts and dance and music performances at the Jewi...
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This Jewish Pitt student is competing on “Jeopardy!” Who is …?
“Jewish Pitt Students” is the subject, and here is the clue. Between Feb. 1 and Feb. 12, this senior at the University of Pittsburgh will appear on “Jeopardy!” Who is Sarah Dubnik? That is correct....
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AIPAC speaker sees ‘bleak’ period of Palestinian violence continuing
Getting people interested in Palestinian politics is a hard sell, observed Grant Rumley, a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C., think tank. In the shad...
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Cruisin’ rabbi leads Jewish community, and others, on the high seas
Alvin Berkun has discovered a couple of “fringe benefits” to being a rabbi. The first, he joked, is his tallis; the second is the opportunity to travel the world on luxury cruise liners. Berkun, ra...
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Yiddish enthusiasts bring their passion to Squirrel Hill
It may seem like an unlikely partnership, but 20-somethings David Andrews, a secular Jewish software engineer with a penchant for Yiddish culture, and Levi Pekar, a Lebovitch psychologist who grew ...
Jan 27, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Advocate’s campaign on plight of Muslim women comes to Pittsburgh
There are a lot of people who do not want to hear what Ayaan Hirsi Ali has to say about growing up as a female Muslim in Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Kenya. In 2014, Brandeis University silenced her v...
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Joint celebration forges connection between Jewish, Muslim ‘sisters’
The feminists who are members of Pittsburgh’s Jewish Women’s Center are in many ways different from the women of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, who tend toward the traditional. But by joining to...
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Local poet’s intimate collection speaks to the Jewish soul
Anyone questioning the relevance of poetry in the 21st century could do herself a favor by checking out Rachel Mennies’ very intimate collection, “The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards,” a finalist...
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Metro Briefs May 16
May 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Robert Řehák , cultural attaché at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C., will speak on “The History and Legends of the Jews in Prague,” Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. at the Ellis Schoo...
Sightless sisters make a lifetime of music
by Andrew Goldstein, Staff Writer
May 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
They sit next to each other on a piano bench covered with a pink pillow.  Playing in tandem, their fingers effortlessly glide up and down the piano keys, not missing a single note. The old Baldwin ...
Ezra Ende returns to Pittsburgh; touts new ‘community’ in Jerusalem neighborhood
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
May 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Ezra Ende is so committed to religious pluralism in Jerusalem that he’s working to develop a new congregation to preserve it. The former associate rabbi at Temple Sinai, is revisiting Pittsbu...
Israeli lone soldiers need help
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
May 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
You can find lone soldiers everywhere in Israeli society, Idan Ianovici said, which indicates just how great is the challenge he faces. “A lone soldier is a soldier who can’t live in their parent’s...
J-Site graduation day
May 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Agency for Jewish Learning alumna Bunny Reingold Morris offers advice at the Chatham University Chapel May 5 for AJL's 2013 commencement and 60th Anniversary ceremony. About 100 graduates, friends,...
Ehrenwerth offers inside look at government service
by Andrew Goldstein, Chronicle Correspondent
May 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
David Ehrenwerth attended a few meetings in the White House last December when he noticed a chanukia sitting on a wooden table where Cabinet members enter the building for gatherings. Of course, no...
Norma Sobel’s giving, fundraising influenced a younger generation
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
May 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Norma Kirkell Sobel, a Jewish leader locally and nationally in many capacities, whose active participation touched many organizations, died Tuesday, April 30. She was 73. “There was a gazillion org...
Metro Briefs May 9
May 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
“A Stitch in Jewish Time: Provocative Textiles,” the latest exhibit at the American Jewish Museum of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, opens Tuesday, May 14, and runs through July ...
Running rav finishes Pittsburgh Half-Marathon for charity
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
May 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
One year ago, if people had told Rabbi Ely Rosenfeld that in 2013 he would be running the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon, he never would have believed them.   But this past Sunday, not only did he finish...
Night of Jewish learning begins May 14
May 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
The fourth annual Jewish learning celebration in western Pennsylvania, Tikkun Leil Shavuot , will take place Tuesday night, May 14, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel...