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For a Canadian grandmother he never knew, area man delivers with long overdue recognition
By Bee Schindler Chronicle Correspondent As the nominator for a prestigious honor in Quebec, Franklin Toker is a star grandchild. His grandmother, Berthe Herzberg Serchuk, however, is the real star...
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rachel takes center stage as Pittsburgh’s Jewish women celebrate in her honor
A beautiful woman meets the man she believes she is destined for, but the night before their wedding she chooses to give him up rather than humiliate her sister. Ultimately, they marry, but she is ...
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Friendship Circle ties Squirrel Hill’s past with a ‘celebration of connections to come’
The transformation of the former Gullifty’s restaurant into a multimillion-dollar home for the Friendship Circle has become an archaeological dig of sorts, revealing a mini-history of Squirrel Hill...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hour of Discovery gives Jewish public school children lessons in heritage, tradition
Yulia and Igor Tsvetkov are not particularly religious, but it is important to them that their children, 7 and 9, learn about Jewish culture and practice. That’s why every Thursday at 2 p.m. their ...
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‘Israel needs us’ is the call from Reform scholar Rabbi Yoffie
From a podium in Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom Congregation, Rabbi Eric Yoffie discussed religious life in Israel. For Yoffie, president emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism, the topic is quite fam...
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The plight of Israel’s struggling Arab minority comes to Pittsburgh
While there is no question that there remains a disparity between the status of Jewish Israelis and Arab Israelis, the government of Israel, together with the help of some North American partners, ...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs November 13
Tony Norman , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist, will be leading the Herzog Breakfast discussion on “The Future of Newspapers in the Digital Age,” on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Aaron Court o...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Need for ‘strong community’ makes South Hills Engagement Initiative a reality
A $2 million initiative to increase a sense of community and foster outreach among Jews in the South Hills launched last week with the first meeting of the newly formed South Hills Community Counci...
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Pittsburgh listens as GA addresses worldwide challenges facing Jews
More than 3,000 Jewish leaders from all over the globe gathered near Washington, D.C., this week for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. The three-day event, which ran from ...
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Pittsburgh listens as GA addresses worldwide challenges facing Jews
by Melissa Apter
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
More than 3,000 Jewish leaders from all over the globe gathered near Washington, D.C., this week for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. The three-day event, which ran from ...
Ukraine rabbi brings the power of hope to Rodef Shalom
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
When Alexander Dukhovny was growing up in Ukraine, he associated rabbis with “the color of sadness,” because the only rabbis he had seen were always dressed in black. It wasn’t until years later, w...
‘CoExistence’ — not ‘Conflict’ — will be served at these CMU, Pitt ‘Kitchens’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 12, 2014 | 7 7 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Disappointed in what they say is “one-sided dialogue” condemning Israel at recent campus-sponsored events, students from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh are creating the...
Celebrating its Jewish voice: HaZamir gets ready for ninth season
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
The local chapter of the international HaZamir Jewish high school choir announced its ninth season, inviting performers to join the troupe at the Squirrel Hill JCC as it rehearses for performances ...
Metro Briefs November 6
Nov 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Congregation Dor Hadash invites families with young children to Tot Shabbat on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. Reservations are not required. Contact admin@dorhadash for more information. Rodef Shalom ...
Comprehensive excellence initiative underway at Hillel JUC, other chapters
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh is at the heart of a new initiative designed to improve the functioning of Hillel chapters around the country through the setting of benchmarks and the addition of needed personnel. Over...
‘The humanity of Greeks’ takes center stage on Ohi Day
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Members of the region’s Jewish and Greek communities silently gathered at Carnegie Mellon University’s McConomy Auditorium last week to remember the resounding cry of “No!” Exactly 74 years earlier...
Petraeus gives Pittsburgh an up-close look at U.S. and its Middle East relationships
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus capped a day-long conference dedicated to growing business between the United States and the Middle East by focusing on the quest for political stability in th...
Family dialogue, communication are important in fight against child sexual abuse
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
On a school night when many parents are reluctant to venture out, more than 300 gathered at Congregation Shaare Torah for a sobering talk from clinical social worker Debborah Fox. Addressing the to...
The message is loud and clear: Jewish victims of domestic abuse need our support
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Domestic abuse is a Jewish issue, say some of the most influential organizations in the city, and they’re not afraid to highlight what the Jewish community can do to prevent it. An Oct. 29 event at...