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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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Archives
Cantor touts bipartisan effort against Iran
by By Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 15, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Some might consider them to be a political odd couple, but don’t say that to Rabbi David Saperstein. Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism — the Reform ...
Say it ain’t so, Ryan; say it ain’t so
by Jonathan Mayo
The Chosen 1s
Dec 15, 2011 | 2 2 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
I am what many would call a jaded baseball writer. While I still have passion for the game and beauty of it when it’s played between the lines, I’ve grown cynical when it comes to the various off-t...
Yoffie, Jacobs meet the media
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 14, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the outgoing president of the Union for Reform Judaism, had two words of advice Wednesday for his successor, Rabbi Rick Jacobs: "Change everything." Well, maybe not ...
Bazooka Jew goes political
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
OK,whenever you register at a convention, you're handed a goodie bag filled with schedules, agendas, visitor guides to the host city, commemorative pens and goodies such as candy, soft drinks and b...
The Biennial opens
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
The largest gathering of North American Jews in history opened Wednesday as 6,000 descended upon National Harbor near Washington, D.C., for the 2011 Union for Reform Judaism Biennial. The Gaylord N...
Miller's ‘Focus’ holds up as timeless condemnation of   anti-Semitism
by Hilary Daninhirsch
Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Arthur Miller is best known for being a playwright (and perhaps second best for being Marilyn Monroe’s husband), but many readers may not realize that he penned only one novel:  “Focus,” written in...
Chocolate headquarters
by Matt Robinson
JointMedia News Service
Dec 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
It was not until his tour in the Israel Defense Forces that Oded “Max” Brenner even came in contact with a kitchen. “At first, I had no interest in cooking,” Brenner, founder of the Max Brenner int...
Questions posed through poet’s eyes
by Judith Robinson
For the Chronicle
Dec 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Philip Terman’s new poetry collection, “The Torah Garden,” reflects a local writer who is deeply concerned with what most of us know as well as the palms of our hands: the many struggles encountere...
Area foundation will award $1K grants to first-time Jewish campers
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Dec 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Young Pittsburghers, attending a Jewish overnight camp for the first time, are eligible to receive a one-time $1,000 grant to help cover their tuition. The grants are made possible by the Papernick...
Local woman made extreme decisions following genetic testing results
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Dec 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Kathy Pattak did not have ovarian or breast cancer. Nevertheless, in 1999, she opted to have a hysterectomy, and in 2005, she underwent a prophylactic double mastectomy, as well. Pattak chose to ha...