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From old Jews in Miami to Trump’s first 100 days, Naomi Harris’ photos capture the heart of America
Naomi Harris walked alone into the Cleveland nightclub three weeks ago, sat down at a table, introduced herself to those seated around her and stuck her hand down her blouse. “I hope you don’t mind...
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Local lawyer recasts herself as artist
Some people are lucky enough to change life with the stroke of a brush. Sara O’Connor, a one-time lawyer in downtown Pittsburgh, did so 18 months ago with a career-altering decision. After feeling ...
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Online conversion programs create a ‘virtual chavurah,’ but can it be a real community?

Susan Bowers grew up in a “typical Protestant home” in Michigan, but her parents always encouraged their children to “question things and find their own path,” said Bowers, now 65 and living in Lak...
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At Kollel event, chair of Orthodox Union urges Pittsburghers to get to know their politicians
American Jews must develop personal relationships with those in elected office for the sake of the security of the State of Israel, according to Howard Tzvi Friedman, the featured speaker at the Ko...
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Metro Briefs May 19
More than 50 students will put their creative problem-solving skills to the test in the first-ever Pittsburgh Jewish Day School Odyssey of the Mind Competition on Sunday, May 21 from 2 p.m. to 6:30...
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Teenie Harris images of activism, resistance on exhibit at Holocaust Center
Charles “Teenie” Harris is best known for his photographs documenting African-American life in mid-20th century Pittsburgh. But an exhibit that opened last week at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburg...
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Jewish rituals, culture can play a role in eating disorders
While the incidence of eating disorders among Jewish women may not be higher than in the general population, the ways to effectively treat those disorders can be uniquely tied to cultural and relig...
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Memories of the Hill come alive through Blumenfeld exhibit
Rochelle Blumenfeld has been exhibiting her art — mostly abstract paintings — since the 1950s, but her most recent show, “Hill District Paintings,” may be the most personal. The octogenarian has cr...
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Lynn Cullen is the perennial performer
Lynn Cullen won’t stop. The one-time television news anchor, then radio talk show host and now podcaster is a perennial performer. “I love to entertain,” said Cullen, during an afternoon visit to h...
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Holocaust Center director resigns, takes animal welfare position
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 187 187 recommendations | email to a friend
Joy Braunstein is pursuing greener pastures. Within days, Braunstein will officially resign as director of the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and become executive d...
Metro Briefs January 15
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Ronna Harris Askin is the new executive director of the Jewish Assistance Fund. She replaces retiring executive director Ellen Primis, who shaped the organization as its first executive director. P...
Veteran Jewish bowlers keep on rollin’
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 191 191 recommendations | email to a friend
In Harmarville on Wednesday nights, a group of Jewish men bowl. For many of them, this has been common practice for well over three decades. Mike Samuels started bowling with the group 43 years ago...
Birthright a soul-stirring experience for local youth leader
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 180 180 recommendations | email to a friend
Judaism had never played a large role in Mike Feinberg’s life, but after finishing his master’s degree in employment and labor relations, he started doing some soul-searching. He had always loved t...
Metro Briefs January 8
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Temple Emanuel of South Hills has hired Leslie Hoffman as its new executive director. Hoffman fills the position formerly held by Saralouise Reis, who passed away in August. Interim executive direc...
‘Herzl’s Vision’ opened Zionists’ eyes to the reality of a Jewish state
by Neal Gendler
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 273 273 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s common knowledge that the trial of French Capt. Alfred Dreyfus led Viennese journalist Theodor Herzl to propose the idea of a Jewish nation. It’s also wrong, says Shlomo Avineri. In “Herzl’s V...
Combining art and community is this AJM curator’s masterpiece
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 194 194 recommendations | email to a friend
Art can inspire and challenge. It can serve as storyteller and historian. It can exist simply to make the world more beautiful. But for Melissa Hiller, director of the American Jewish Museum, art h...
‘Mr. Greensburg’ leaves a legacy of communal betterment
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 193 193 recommendations | email to a friend
Robert “Bob” Davis moved from Greensburg to Pittsburgh four years ago, but despite Squirrel Hill’s abundance of synagogues, he refused to join any. Instead, the nonagenerian frequently returned to ...
Composting in Braddock brings life amid decay
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 186 186 recommendations | email to a friend
Smoke rises from a wasteland as the sound of pitchforks hits the earth. Piles of decay are turned, stoked and fed. The crisp winter air chills those gathered as a long stemmed thermometer inserted ...
Good deeds done well
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 188 188 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation Volunteer Center’s 14th annual Mitzvah Day provided services around the community on Dec. 25.