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Meeting on planned Hillel Academy changes gets earful from both sides
Councilman Corey O’Connor moderated a contentious communal meeting at the JCC in Squirrel Hill last week, fielding questions over proposed changes to Hillel Academy’s campus. Specifically, efforts ...
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Working to keep Sotloff’s ‘secret’ was a friend’s call to duty, devotion
It was just three days prior to the date his wife was expecting to deliver their second child — Aug. 20 — when Gregg Roman saw a news video depicting a member of the Islamic State beheading journal...
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‘Art of Aging’ paints important picture of keeping seniors connected to the community
If a picture tells a thousand words, then the paintings offered at the Jewish Association on Aging’s Sept. 15 event at the Heinz History Center tell millions of words. “We provide approximately $3 ...
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From Europe to China: Shanghai’s remarkable place in Jewish refugee history
In the mid-1930s, as Jews were becoming more and more persecuted in Germany and Austria, thousands sought refuge in Shanghai. Because no entry visas were required to enter the Chinese city — it alr...
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Metro Briefs September 25
Zohar, the new Young Women’s group at Hadassah Greater Pittsburgh, will get together to view current trends in high fashion jewelry with a John Hardy Trunk Show on Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 6 p.m. to ...
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Mezuzah ceremony highlights opening of Solomon and Sarah Goldberg House
Jewish Residential Services took the occasion of its annual meeting to officially open the Solomon and Sarah Goldberg House with a mezuzah ceremony attended by local Jewish leaders. Located at 1428...
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More contributions, more donors highlight Jewish Federation’s annual campaign
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh successfully met its 2014 annual campaign goal, it was announced last week, posting $13.5 million in donations. The figure marked the Federation’s highes...
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Jewish Federation hails volunteers, celebrates community’s generosity and dedication
Featuring videos highlighting a year of accomplishments and the dedication of volunteers and lay leaders, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh welcomed hundreds of guests to the JCC in Squir...
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Spirits rise at mass bread baking
The social hall at Congregation Beth Shalom was transformed into a public bakery September 25, as the eight centers affiliated with Chabad of Western Pennsylvania hosted a challah baking workshop a...
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Metro Briefs September 18
Sep 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha has announced a new Toddler & Me Program for newborns to 3 years old. Children will participate with their parents, grandparents or another adult family member.   The first...
Reform leader describes his fervor for teaching, learning and the right balance
by Dave Rullo, Special to The Chronicle
Sep 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The future belongs to the young, they say, and the man tasked with guiding tomorrow’s Reform leaders kept that truism in mind during his recent visit to Pittsburgh. “Our job is not to define the ri...
Goldberg is off and running as AJL’s interim executive director
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Sep 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Arthur L. Goldberg recently accepted the position of interim executive director of the Agency for Jewish Learning, satisfying the agency’s desire for a professional to run the educational organizat...
NGO speakers here push for Iran deal
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Two advisory members of the Iran Project — an independent nongovernmental entity that calls for improving the relationship between the United States and Iran and reducing “misunderstandings” betwee...
Pressure’s on for rabbis to deliver THE sermon
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
As congregational attendance swells during the High Holiday season, a rabbi preparing a sermon might feel there is a lot at stake — maybe even a bit of pressure to make the sermon particularly good...
Gerri Kay devoted life to family, local network of causes
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Gerri Kay, a lifelong champion of Pittsburgh’s underserved who was known for her creativity and undeterrable commitment to the many causes and people for which she advocated, passed away Monday mor...
‘Germany Up Close’ is eye-opener to area participants
by Andrew Goldstein, Chronicle Correspondent
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Sam Siskind entered his last name and his mother’s maiden name into a database at a Holocaust museum in Berlin. He didn’t know of any relatives who died in the Shoah, but nonetheless several people...
Challenging childhood, mom’s devotion leads to flourishing program for developmentally disabled
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Philadelphian Jonah Selber wakes up, goes to work and then returns home. Occasionally, he makes dinner. Selber lives an ordinary life, but to those who know him, he is anything but ordinary. Selber...
Metro Briefs September 11
Sep 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Chabad House on Campus will hold its 26th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eddy Theatre, Chatham University, 1 Woodland Road. Bari Weiss, associate books editor at Th...
Israeli bank makes deployment of lone soldiers a little easier
Sep 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s a lot harder to be the parent of a soldier fighting in wartime than it is to be a soldier fighting in wartime, according to Zur Goldblum. He should know. The Israeli-born owner of Squirrel Hil...