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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...
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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 | 3 3 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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Local poet’s intimate collection speaks to the Jewish soul
by By Toby Tabachnick Senior Staff Writer
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Metro Briefs January 28
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee will hold its monthly East End Christian-Jewish Dialogue on Thursday, Feb. 4, from noon to 1:15 p.m. at Rodef Shalom. Rabbi Aaron Bisno will be discussing “The Rise...
Allen’s sidekick, Tony Roberts, on teetering on the edge of fame
by Lonnie Firestone, JTA
Jan 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — There’s a memorable scene in “Annie Hall” when Woody Allen’s character, Alvy Singer, rants about finding anti-Semites everywhere he goes. “You know, I was having lunch with some guys fro...
Metro Briefs January 21
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Temple Sinai invites the Pittsburgh Jewish community to join in a new class about making important end-of-life decisions from a Jewish perspective. “A Time to Prepare” will provide forms and guidel...
Federation’s new education director finds ‘great treasure’ in Pittsburgh
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jan 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
In its ongoing effort to strengthen and grow lifelong Jewish education in Pittsburgh, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has hired Rabbi Amy Bardack, currently the Judaic studies director ...
No clear-cut challenger yet for Toomey’s Senate seat
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jan 20, 2016 | 2 2 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The answer to the question of which Democratic candidate is best poised to take on Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in the general election in November depends on whom you ask. “There are different opini...
With service in mind, Penn State Hillel students apply tikkun olam in Honduras
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jan 20, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Eight students from Penn State Hillel traveled to Roatan, Honduras, for a weeklong service learning experience.  The trip, billed as an alternative winter break program, was intended to introduce s...
Community rallies to support young fire victim and her family
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jan 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Shortly before Shabbat on Friday, Jan. 1, Meira Loring, 5, sustained burns in an accident at her family’s home. Following surgery she remains in stable condition at Mercy Hospital. Since the incide...



For some in Jewish community, it’s what Obama didn’t say that was loud and clear
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jan 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union speech, while short on policy proposals, focused instead on a review of his administration’s accomplishments during the last seven years. But what ...
Police investigating Squirrel Hill robbery
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jan 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
A pharmacy in Squirrel Hill was robbed Thursday night, and the perpetrator escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to Sonya Toler, public information officer for Pittsburgh’s Departme...