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Rabbi proposes solutions to shrinking population
The Pittsburgh Jewish community is a shadow of its former self, but Rabbi Mark Staitman says he has solutions for the demographic decline. After juxtaposing dismal figures and depressing anecdotes,...
Jun 22, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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New group in Pittsburgh hopes to bring end to Israeli ‘occupation’
A Jewish nonprofit group with the stated goal of ending the Israeli “occupation” of the Palestinians has set down stakes in Pittsburgh. IfNotNow, a national organization started by a group of mille...
Jun 21, 2017 | 8 8 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local Kiwanis Club transfers endowment to Jewish Community Foundation
Two local organizations have joined efforts to foster future support. The Kiwanis Club of Squirrel Hill Pittsburgh recently turned over its endowment to the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater P...
Jun 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Silverman’s new special is a delightfully coarse colloquy
Cries, cringes and familiar quips are only a click away in Sarah Silverman’s new Netflix special, “A Speck of Dust.” For fans of the Jewish comedian, the one-hour, 11-minute recorded set offers nod...
Jun 21, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish community shows its pride at LGBT Equality March
The Pittsburgh Jewish community stood out among the tens of thousands who joined in the city’s annual EQT Equality March on June 11 and not just because of their “Love is Kosher” T-shirts. “It was ...
Jun 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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New Light to sell building, share space with TOL*OLS
New Light Congregation has put its building on Forbes Avenue and Beechwood Boulevard up for sale and will be entering into an agreement to rent space from Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha on Wilkins Avenue...
Jun 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Foer opens up about newest novel, ‘Here I Am,’ at Rodef Shalom
In Jonathan Safran Foer’s newest novel, “Here I Am,” the protagonist, Jacob Bloch, makes a telling observation about contemporary Jewish life outside of Israel: “Jewish Americans will go to any len...
Jun 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish Women’s Center, Squirrel Hill Health Center honored by local Islamic organization
The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh bestowed awards to two organizations established by members of the Jewish community at its Humanity Day Award Ceremony on June 11. The Jewish Women’s Center of Pitt...
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‘Sound of Jewish Music’ strikes just the right chord
Dance, song and stories united more than 400 Jewish women on Tuesday night, June 7, at the sixth annual “The Sound of Jewish Music” event, a project of Chabad of Pittsburgh. Organized by Chani Alte...
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Mike Feinberg Company to close after 60 years
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Mar 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
After six decades in business, Mike Feinberg Company, the Strip District retailer of party supplies, Steelers gear and other items you might not know existed, will shut its doors this spring. “It’s...
Online library of Jewish texts a ‘game-changer’ for local educators
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
There are just two prerequisites to using Sefaria, the free comprehensive digital library of Jewish texts that also provides easy access to connect them to each other: “You have to be able to ‘clic...
Squirrel Hill senior celebrates birthday in a self-driving car
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Mar 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
For her 94th birthday, Chantze Butler rode in a driverless car. And while the idea that an autonomous vehicle transported a nonagenarian who remembers cruising in a Model T seems astounding, to the...
Metro Briefs February 24
Feb 22, 2017 | 2 2 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
Congregation Beth Shalom Adult Education will present the film “Murray Avenue” on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the ballroom.​ The film, by Sheila Chamovits, is about Squirrel Hill and portrays...
Butler or Sindler? You be the judge
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 22, 2017 | 4 4 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
When Dan Butler was asked by leaders at Shaare Torah Congregation to judge its annual chili cook-off last month, he accepted the assignment even though his wife, Nina, had invited guests to their h...
Trivia night supports Pittsburgh Jewish teens
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
The least tricky question of the evening was why so many people attended a trivia night contest held at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh. “I came to give to NCSY because I value th...




Interfaith communal gathering calls attention to immigrants and refugees
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
Members of Pittsburgh’s faith-based groups met at St. Benedict the Moor Church in the city’s Hill District to offer prayers, stories and songs in support of communal unity Monday. The event, “Becom...
Demolishing dues may foster future finances at Temple Sinai
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
Being a member will no longer requires synagogue dues at one local congregation. Per the recommendations of a Temple Sinai task force and mirroring a trend taking shape in communities across the co...
More funding options available for day schools responding to budget shortfall
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools are making progress in correcting a cumulative budget shortfall for scholarships. Among their strategy is to take advantage of a recent law that allows individ...
Day school teacher suspected of sexual abuse in Pittsburgh
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 21, 2017 | 25 25 comments | 104 104 recommendations | email to a friend
After a lengthy investigation, a former teacher at Yeshiva Boys School of Pittsburgh, an important institution in the Chabad-Lubavitch educational system, is a suspect in several alleged incidents ...