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Retro review: Famous playwright chronicled tenement life of Lower East Side
Before she was Bella Spewack, the playwright who penned the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit, “Kiss Me, Kate,” she was Bella Cohen, an Eastern European Jewish immigrant who grew up in the tenements ...
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Community gets taste of NCAA tourney in second and third rounds
It’s March Madness in Pittsburgh, and it has nothing to do with cleaning the house and preparing for Passover. The second and third rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament were held at the C...
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The Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Crash Course to Unde-rstanding the Arab-Israeli Conflict will hold its next class, “The Arab-Israeli Conflict: From ...
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Former Communist magazine gets airing in Jewish Pittsburgh
Author, editor and self-proclaimed Jewish atheist Lawrence Bush spoke in Pittsburgh March 16 at an event sponsored by the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee (PAJC). Travelling from New York, Bush bro...
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Washington trips transform students’ understanding of the Holocaust
Treading through an authentic World War II era German cattle car, walking on cobblestones that once lined the streets of the Warsaw ghetto and listening to the videotaped testimony of survivors all...
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Tax review ensnares Squirrel Hill home of minyan and NA’AMAT
As a non-profit organization categorized as a “public charity,” the Labor Zionist Farband Education Center’s building in Squirrel Hill has enjoyed property tax exemption for decades. Until now. The...
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Yeshiva Schools honors Plung at annual gala
Close to 600 people attended the annual dinner for Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh at the Westin Convention Center on March 17. The honoree for the evening was Lou Plung, former president of the Jewi...
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A daughter’s promise turns into dedicated fight against lung cancer
In the summer of 2011, just a week after Margot Cohen celebrated her 15th birthday, she found herself holding her mother Rhonda’s hand as she died from lung cancer. Rhonda had been diagnosed with S...
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Jewish day school leaders gather in Philadelphia for fifth conference
PHILADELPHIA — Professional and lay Jewish day school leaders gathered in the City of Brotherly Love for three days to forge “uncommon connections” with their peers. The fifth North American Jewish...
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Rachel takes center stage as Pittsburgh’s Jewish women celebrate in her honor
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
A beautiful woman meets the man she believes she is destined for, but the night before their wedding she chooses to give him up rather than humiliate her sister. Ultimately, they marry, but she is ...
Friendship Circle ties Squirrel Hill’s past with a ‘celebration of connections to come’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
The transformation of the former Gullifty’s restaurant into a multimillion-dollar home for the Friendship Circle has become an archaeological dig of sorts, revealing a mini-history of Squirrel Hill...
Hour of Discovery gives Jewish public school children lessons in heritage, tradition
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
Yulia and Igor Tsvetkov are not particularly religious, but it is important to them that their children, 7 and 9, learn about Jewish culture and practice. That’s why every Thursday at 2 p.m. their ...
‘Israel needs us’ is the call from Reform scholar Rabbi Yoffie
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
From a podium in Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom Congregation, Rabbi Eric Yoffie discussed religious life in Israel. For Yoffie, president emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism, the topic is quite fam...
The plight of Israel’s struggling Arab minority comes to Pittsburgh
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
While there is no question that there remains a disparity between the status of Jewish Israelis and Arab Israelis, the government of Israel, together with the help of some North American partners, ...
Metro Briefs November 13
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
Tony Norman , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist, will be leading the Herzog Breakfast discussion on “The Future of Newspapers in the Digital Age,” on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Aaron Court o...
Need for ‘strong community’ makes South Hills Engagement Initiative a reality
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
A $2 million initiative to increase a sense of community and foster outreach among Jews in the South Hills launched last week with the first meeting of the newly formed South Hills Community Counci...
Pittsburgh listens as GA addresses worldwide challenges facing Jews
by Melissa Apter
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
More than 3,000 Jewish leaders from all over the globe gathered near Washington, D.C., this week for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. The three-day event, which ran from ...
Ukraine rabbi brings the power of hope to Rodef Shalom
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
When Alexander Dukhovny was growing up in Ukraine, he associated rabbis with “the color of sadness,” because the only rabbis he had seen were always dressed in black. It wasn’t until years later, w...
‘CoExistence’ — not ‘Conflict’ — will be served at these CMU, Pitt ‘Kitchens’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 12, 2014 | 7 7 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
Disappointed in what they say is “one-sided dialogue” condemning Israel at recent campus-sponsored events, students from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh are creating the...