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Pittsburgh’s Chabad House on Campus celebrates 28 years of building local relationships
Twenty-eight years after its inception, Chabad House on Campus Pittsburgh welcomed colleagues and friends last week for an evening of celebration. “Tonight is not a showcase of what Chabad House on...
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Despite challenges, converts feel embraced by community
Susan Sofayov, who was not born Jewish, nonetheless always had a “fascination” with Judaism, particularly Jews living in Israel and the idea of Jewish peoplehood. “The more I learned about the reli...
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Shofar blowers blast humorous, telling tales
In the coming days Pittsburgh’s shofar blowers will gather across pews and pulpits, and while some may be plagued by irritated lips, the time for those blessed with hot air is now.   “It’s a joy, t...
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Apples & Honey Festival

Shalom Pittsburgh, a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, held its sixth annual Apples & Honey Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Anderson Playground in Schenley Park. Phot...
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It’s not your bubbie’s brisket
With the approach of the holiday season, the thoughts of Jews around the world turn to the longstanding traditions of their ancestors: repentance, teshuvah and, of course, food. But while the carni...
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He’s just an actor, but Richard Schiff seeks ‘West Wing’ purity
Richard Schiff is well remembered for the role he memorialized on “The West Wing,” White House communications director Toby Ziegler, whose integrity and passion for justice helped television’s Pres...
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Pro-Israel students continue to face challanges on campus
Pro-Israel organizations are anticipating a challenging year on college campuses nationwide as anti-Israel activists continue their effort to delegitimize the Jewish state, albeit through an appare...
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Diplomat has traveled the world, but Pittsburgh holds special place in his heart
Listening to Shimon Mercer-Wood is an auditory delight. As spokesman and consul for media affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, Mercer-Wood gives voice to Israel throughout the no...
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Panelists disagree on what to make of Iran deal
Encased by the wood-paneled walls of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club, three experts’ cacophonous opinions reverberated throughout the location last week during a debate on last year’s nuclear deal with ...
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Diplomat has traveled the world, but Pittsburgh holds special place in his heart
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Listening to Shimon Mercer-Wood is an auditory delight. As spokesman and consul for media affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, Mercer-Wood gives voice to Israel throughout the no...
Panelists disagree on what to make of Iran deal
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Encased by the wood-paneled walls of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club, three experts’ cacophonous opinions reverberated throughout the location last week during a debate on last year’s nuclear deal with ...
Synagogue event proves ‘clean’ comedy can also be funny
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Sep 22, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Kosher comedy is like a vegetarian cholent — a little different than the norm, but pleasantly surprising. With neither a cuss word nor crass remark gracing either of the two comedic sets, Shaare To...
Fewer hours to do so, but you can still shop till you plotz
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Business may not be as brisk as it once was, but a dedicated corps of Jewish women is keeping Pittsburgh’s synagogue gift shops alive and well. That’s good news for shoppers who have become accusto...
Metro Briefs September 23
Sep 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Congregation Beth Shalom’s Community Selihot program will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Samuel and Minnie Hyman Ballroom. The program will take a close look at why the sounds of th...
Minnesota Vikings’ owner thinks big with new stadium and Holocaust philanthropy
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Sep 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer stepped up to an 800-pound gjallarhorn and exhaled with all he had to launch the festivities  that officially inaugurated the team’s $1.1 bill...
From matzah balls to footballs, two Jewish brothers recall their journey to the NFL
by Victor Wishna, JTA
Sep 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At 6-foot-6 and 340 pounds, veteran NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz isn’t just a force of nature, but a product of good ol’ Jewish nurture. “My size comes from a childhood t...
New Ken Burns film spotlights little-known Holocaust rescuers
by Ben Sales, JTA
Sep 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
In 1940, as he was being transported to safety in the lower deck of a ship, the Jewish author Lion Feuchtwanger asked Waitstill Sharp why the American Unitarian minister had bothered to rescue him ...
Metro Briefs September 16
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh invites the community to its 121st annual meeting, Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the JCC’s Levinson Hall in Squirrel Hill. The evening will inclu...
Great American Songbook’s ‘ambassador’ wants to educate new generations of fans
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburghers have contributed their fair share to the Great American Songbook — that canon of the most significant and enduring American popular songs from the 1920s to the 1950s, many of which we...