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‘Germany Up Close’ is eye-opener to area participants
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...
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Challenging childhood, mom’s devotion leads to flourishing program for developmentally disabled
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...
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Metro Briefs September 11
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...
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Israeli bank makes deployment of lone soldiers a little easier
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...
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With embrace of kosher food, Pitt looks to expanding Jewish population
There are some happy tummies in Oakland these days. This month, the University of Pittsburgh began offering kosher food as part of its regular meal plan. Located inside the retail part of Pitt’s Li...
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South Hills congregation embraces links to Ukrainian town
Shepetovka, Ukraine is about 4,800 miles from Pittsburgh, but Beth El Congregation of the South Hills is trying to bring that distance a little closer. For the past four years, the congregation has...
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National communal lobbyist brings social justice pitch to Pittsburgh
When Rabbi Steve Gutow met with Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, he gave her a mezuzah; when he met with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, he gave officials a message. The pr...
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Center provides lifeline not only for IDF soldiers, but also for their far-away families
When Stacie and Todd Stufflebeam of Squirrel Hill read the news that 13 Golani Brigade soldiers were killed in Gaza on July 20, their first thought was “call Mike.” The Stufflebeams’ son, Adam, is ...
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European anti-Semitism worries State Dept. official
It’s been nearly a decade since a bipartisan Congress tasked the State Department with the creation of a special envoy to combat anti-Semitism abroad, but if you ask Ira Forman, the current occupan...
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The gift of meaning
by Masada Siegel
JointMedia News Service
Dec 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Every few months, we find ourselves behind the newest gadget. That s why gifts of technology are a huge hit for b'nai mitzvah gifts. But while those gifts are useful and fun, perhaps the best gifts...
Change in leadership at JAA
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Dec 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Association on Aging has hired Deborah Winn-Horvitz as its new president and chief executive officer, replacing David Gritzer, who will assume the position of the organization’s chief op...
National Jewish museum takes rightful place  
by Beth Kissileff
JNS
Dec 01, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
PHILADELPHIA — “We moved from the 50-yard line to the owner’s box,” says Jay Nachman, the public relations director of the National Museum of American Jewish History, quoting the late museum board ...
Incubator project supports tech group for 20-something Jewish entrepreneurs
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Nov 30, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Sophia Berman and Ariella Furman know a little something about start-ups. Furman, after all, is the CEO of her own start-up company in Pittsburgh, Framed in 3D, which produces animated training and...
Past ARZA president, wife warn threats to Israeli pluralism  
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Nov 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Reform Judaism is on the rise in Israel, Rabbi Stanley and Resa Davids said. They should know. Jerusalem residents for seven years, he is the immediate past president of the Association of Reform Z...
Transgender Jews seek wider acceptance, understanding
by Ron Kaplan
Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Transgender and transsexual Jews face significant challenges in gaining acceptance from the Jewish community and in navigating through life in general.   Wheeling, W.Va., native and author Noach Dz...
Deaf Jewish artist makes exquisite Judaica
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Nov 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
Sharon Jo Serbin is a wood carver, sculptor, mosaic artist and muralist. She wrote a children’s book, entertains at birthday parties, models in the nude for art classes, is a trained masseuse, and ...
Local universities approach hate speech in different ways
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Nov 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Incidents such as the one at Kent State University, in which a tenured professor shouted “death to Israel” during a lecture by a former Israeli diplomat, are rare, if not unheard of, in Pittsburgh....
Brain Builders helps stem cognitive decline
Nov 27, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Brain Builders Club, a project of the Jewish Family & Children’s Service, has released a series of statistics it says demonstrates that the project is helping to stem cognitive decline in local sen...
Chasidic women dance night away  
by Ilana Yergin
Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 23, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
On a chilly Tuesday night, Nov. 15, across the hall from the boys’ basketball practice, the Tzohar Seminary for Chassidus and the Arts held what turned into an invigorating musical performance from...