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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 | 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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Temple Beth Israel in Sharon closing
by Michael Roknick, Herald Business Editor
Jul 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
SHARON — Although not a native of the area, Stanley Bard said it’s easy to understand the emotions surrounding the closing of Temple Beth Israel in Sharon. 

As president of the temple, the Brookly...
Park, gateway, storm water top SHUC’s to-do list
by Andrew Goldstein, Staff Writer
Jul 18, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
Squirrel Hill is getting a facelift.  The Gateway Committee of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition recently received several grants that will fund renovations in the neighborhood’s business district....
Richard Greenberg’s kilt-wearing persona is a bonnie idea
by Adam Reinherz
Jul 18, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
On Murray Avenue, in the business district of Squirrel Hill, a man moves briskly, as a fedora rests above his head and strings flail from his sides. He passes the window of 61C Cafe.  Inside, seate...
Leading Israeli rabbi backs medicinal use of marijuana
by Andrew Goldstein, Staff Writer
Jul 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Marijuana, for medical use, has been deemed kosher by a higher authority. Efraim Zalmanovich, a top Israeli Orthodox rabbi of Mazkeret Batia, a town south of Tel Aviv, declared marijuana kosher for...
Metro Briefs July 18
Jul 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
State Rep. Dan Frankel says the American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage may be the quickest way to ensure LGBT equality. He was referring to a lawsui...
Local Jewish, black leaders dissect Zimmerman verdict
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jul 17, 2013 | 2 2 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old unarmed black man, the Anti-Defamation League released a statement calling into question both the prolifer...
Professor uses Tisha B’Av to lecture on father of Hebrew revival
by Andrew Goldstein, Staff Writer
Jul 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Hebrew was not a dead language at the turn of the 19th century, but it was primarily used in Torah study. Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the great 20th-century lexicographer, brought the language off of the s...
Pittsburgh chevra kadisha planning for expansion
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Jul 17, 2013 | 3 3 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Now that Rabbi Daniel Wasserman has won his suit with the commonwealth, enabling him to perform Jewish burials without a funeral director, the Chevra Kadisha of Pittsburgh, of which he is a directo...
Berkun joins leading U.S. rabbis at Pollard meeting
by Andrew Goldstein, Staff Writer
Jul 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Alvin Berkun, emeritus of Tree of Life-Or L’Simcha Congregation, was part of a small group of Reform and Conservative Jewish leaders to meet with Jonathan Pollard, a convicted spy for Israel,...
Homewood woman’s story symptomatic of food issues here
by Andrew Goldstein, Staff Writer
Jul 11, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Mary Russell waited. She waited, and waited, and then waited some more. Russell didn’t receive the food stamps supplied through Welfare she so heavily relies on until June 23. That’s 23 days into J...