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Animal rights pioneer, a Holocaust survivor, encourages respect, obligation
Alex Hershaft was one of the lucky ones. He managed to survive the cage that was the Warsaw Ghetto. Later, he experienced survivor’s guilt, wondering why he had lived when so many others had died. ...
Aug 28, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Agency focuses on growing Jewish learning
With its eye on the changing demands posed by a future vastly different from the educational world in which it was created, the Agency for Jewish Learning has concluded its two-year initiative to e...
Aug 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Circus of the Kids
For the second year in a row, the Circus of the Kids has come to the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill for four days of workshops with local kids, leading up to a short run of performances t...
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Metro Briefs August 21
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Volunteer Center is partnering with the United Way by recruiting for its “Be a Middle School Mentor” program. Contact Jenny Jones, volunteer center coo...
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Chutz-Pow!’ gives Holocaust heroes the ‘Superman’ treatment
Spider-Man, Superman and Jewish survivors of the Holocaust really do have something in common. “Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust,” a Pittsburgh-based publication, has turned the lives of Pit...
Aug 22, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Delivering hope: Two rabbinical students make the most of their prison road trip
Yaakov Yehudah Raskin, 20, and Tani Rapoport, 21, had some free time this summer. They decided to spend it in prison. The two rabbinical students had a few weeks open before starting their final ye...
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At long last, calming waters come to Temple Ohav Shalom with three new hires
It’s hard enough for a congregation to transition after its rabbi leaves. Add to that the departure of a youth advisor/music director and a mandate to hire a new full-time religious school director...
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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At 40 years, PPT’s birthday gift to itself is ‘The Glass Menagerie’
Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” is a “memory play,” a term coined by the playwright himself. “Memory,” Williams wrote in the script describing the first scene, “is seated predominantly in...
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Sophie Masloff: ‘She was the conscience of our city’
Mayor Sophie Masloff would often open an appearance with the greeting: “It’s great to be here. But at my age, it’s great to be anywhere.” That was typical Masloff, an unassuming, self-deprecating J...
Aug 20, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Change in leadership at JAA
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Dec 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 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
Dec 01, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 33 33 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 | 20 20 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 | 20 20 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 | 19 19 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 | 44 44 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 | 21 21 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 | 23 23 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 | 36 36 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...
For Chuck Greenberg, losing the Rangers, and two World Series, still stings
by Jonathan Mayo
Nov 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
He sat, watching what was once, literally, “his team,” make another run to the World Series. And his emotions, to say the least, were all over the place. “For it to be any other way would go agains...