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Metro Briefs July 14
The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh will present Ross Harrison, professor of international affairs at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service on “The Middle East: Understanding the Regi...
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Documentary aims to awaken, alarm
A collaboration of community organizations will screen a film that tackles an incendiary subject. “Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus” is scheduled for screening at the Katz Theatre...
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Community member to lead University Honors College
Brian Primack was recently named the Bernice L. and Morton S. Lerner Chair and dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s University Honors College. Attaining the deanship, which officially began July ...
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Pittsburgh ‘kid’ receives international award
Four decades after he first directed the sports and recreation program at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, Lenny Silberman was honored by the International Jewish Sports Hall of F...
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PJ Library’s free books for kids spur Jewish connections, study finds
NEW YORK — Families that receive free Jewish children’s books from the Massachusetts-based PJ Library say the program has helped them feel more connected to their Jewish communities, with interfait...
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Donald Robinson, 91, Pittsburgh community leader
Donald Robinson, a man who kept crossing seas long after being a sailor, died on June 25 in Boca Raton, Fla. The philanthropic communal leader was 91. Gifted with an eye to perceive, Robinson, a li...
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Metro Briefs July 7
Performing Arts campers are “All Shook Up” as they rehearse for upcoming performances of the musical, based on the 1957 hit Elvis Presley song of the same name. “All Shook Up, Jr.” is this year’s p...
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NCJW Pittsburgh’s new leader has full slate already

Cristina Ruggiero is now leading the National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh Section. Since June 19, the Squirrel Hill resident and former University of Pittsburgh administrator has overseen th...
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Aaron Loether, University of Delaware graduate student, dies at 28
PHILADELPHIA — Aaron Loether, a 28-year-old Pittsburgh native and Ph.D. student at the University of Delaware, died June 20 after a riptide carried him away from shore in Costa Rica, where he was v...
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Jews receive a mixed welcome at ‘Downton Abbey’
by Michael Fox, Special to the Chronicle
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 212 212 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish characters have finally joined the impeccably attired throng at “Downton Abbey,” and it’s not an altogether happy day. While Lord and Lady Grantham welcome the new arrivals with exquisite ma...
Revisiting the past in Cartagena, Colombia
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 202 202 recommendations | email to a friend
Stop a random person on the streets of Pittsburgh for a little word-association game and Cartagena may invoke res-ponses along the lines of “drugs and crime” or perhaps the name of the mid-1980s fi...
Soviet immigration fuels ‘engaging frolic’ through lives of imagination
by Neal Gendler
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 202 202 recommendations | email to a friend
In the charming novel, “A Replace-ment Life” by Boris Fishman, newly out in trade paperback, would-be writer Slava Gelman, stuck in a low- level, clerk-like job at a prestigious magazine, stumbles ...
In Salt Lake City, a Reuben worshipper builds his temple
by Anthony Weiss, JTA
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 181 181 recommendations | email to a friend
SALT LAKE CITY — Going back to his very first bite of a Reuben more than 50 years ago, Randy Harmsen has always loved deli food. So when he decided to open his own restaurant, the Salt Lake City na...
Metro Briefs March 5
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Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Congregation will hold an Open House on Sunday, March 8 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 5898 Shady Ave. Families with young children are invited to visit and experience one or bo...
At CDS, all paths of Jewish living lead to diversity, comfort
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 05, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 140 140 recommendations | email to a friend
Kristie Lindblom is not Jewish, but she is married to a Jewish man, and “for all intents and purposes,” she said, she is raising her children Jewish. So when it came time for Lindblom and her husba...
Future is now: Startup puts a ‘personal assistant in your ears’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 136 136 recommendations | email to a friend
Remember “Her,” the futuristic film that follows mild-mannered Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) and his relationship with Samantha (the voice of Scarlett Johansson), a computer operating system a...
Ahmadiyya’s imam calls for a common ground of peace, tolerance
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 05, 2015 | 2 2 comments | 134 134 recommendations | email to a friend
The Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Pittsburgh is small — there are only about 150 members — but it is focused on a mission. As it condemns radicalization and extremism committed in the name of Islam...
Netanyahu to AIPAC Conference: It’s all about Israel’s survival
by Melissa Apter
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 121 121 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The signs at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual Policy Conference were emblazoned with the words “This is Israel,” but the overarching message to the record-setting ...
Reclaiming, revisiting Jewish afterlife and why it matters
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 122 122 recommendations | email to a friend
Between the world of the living and the world of the dead there is not a wall, but a window, according to Rabbi Simcha Raphael, a psychotherapist and spiritual director affiliated with the Mt. Airy...