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Metro Briefs April 16
Two hundred sixth- through 12th-grade area teens , along with 15,000 Jewish teens in 80 communities across 16 countries, will participate in a day of community service and improvement projects, as ...
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Leadership Pittsburgh gives off great vibe in meeting community’s challenges
It shouldn’t be too surprising that the CEO and president of the area’s premier leadership program has the initials A.M.O., much like the slang form of ammunition, meaning the information used to p...
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Iran oversight advances after last-minute negotiations

In the end, Maryland’s newly ascendant junior senator got what he wanted. The unanimous passing Tuesday of the Iran Nuclear Review Act of 2015, referred to colloquially as the Corker bill after its...
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ZOA, CAMERA target Post-Gazette for anti-Israel bias
Jewish groups singled out the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for rebuke, calling the daily newspaper out for purported anti-Israel bias in its editorials. In a letter addressed to Post-Gazette publisher a...
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Metro Briefs April 9
The Western Pennsylvania Auxiliary for Exceptional People will host a post-Passover luncheon for its regular members and the Jewish Singles Special Needs Group on Sunday, April 12 from noon to 2 p....
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Lifelong connections, call to action drive Diller Teen Fellows

There was a lot about his visit to Pittsburgh that Zohar Mattatia found compelling, he said, including a tour of the Andy Warhol Museum and a visit to “all different kinds of synagogues.” But while...
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‘Etty,’ the play: from Amsterdam to Auschwitz
Classrooms Without Borders is offering the opportunity to step back in time to spend an evening with a bright, young Dutch Jew, Etty Hillesum, who was murdered in Auschwitz in 1943 at the age of 29...
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Knitters, crocheters find nirvana at city’s popular festival

Entering the ballroom of the Westin Convention Center on Sunday, March 29 was like walking into a rainbow, surrounded by splashes of kaleidoscopic color from every angle. More than 70 vendors fille...
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‘Passport to Israel,’ scholarships help make teen trips to Israel a reality
Organized teen travel to Israel is among the top predictors for strong Jewish engagement into adulthood, according to several recent studies, but those trips can be pricey, ranging from $5,000 to m...
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Beth Samuel Jewish Center refocuses with a change of direction
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Stephanie Wolfe, who has served as the spiritual leader and educational director of Beth Samuel Jewish Center in Ambridge since 2008, will be leaving her posts in June 2015 as the congregatio...
Chanukah menorahs of Israel shed light on Jewish people’s past, present, future
by Deborah Fineblum Schabb, JNS.org
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 187 187 recommendations | email to a friend
As winter arrives and the days grow shorter, outdoor lighting is needed more during the Chanukah season than at any other time of year. This need is taken particularly seriously in Israel, where ou...
What makes Chanukah great in America
by Dianne Ashton, JTA
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 174 174 recommendations | email to a friend
CHERRY HILL, N.J. – As Chanukah nears, let the grousing begin. Too much is made of a holiday that Judaism ranks as a minor festival — one whose rite takes no more than five minutes to complete each...
Metro Briefs December 11
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
The ninth annual Vodka Latke will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 8 p.m. to midnight at IVY Pittsburgh (18th Street entrance in the Strip District). Enjoy the open bar, kosher spread with latkes ...
Introducing Mommy and Me, Hebrew-style
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
Ali Grabell does not speak Hebrew, but she and her son, 6-month-old Evan, look forward each week to a 45-minute session immersing themselves in the language through songs, dance and play. “He loves...
Investment, safety key new visions for Squirrel Hill Gateway
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh is noted for its livability, though one area might be falling short. The Gateway to Squirrel Hill possesses a five-way intersection between Murray Avenue, Forward Avenue and Pocusset Str...
With new mikvah in the making, organization honors two of its finest
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
With less than a year to go before the expected opening of a new mikvah in Squirrel Hill, organizers report that more funding is needed to complete the project. Construction, however, “is continuin...
Joint congregational mission designed to show area’s solidarity with Israel
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 176 176 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Alex Greenbaum spent a year living in Israel during his rabbinic training in the early 1990s, but there are two days of that year that stand out in his memory: Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut...
Metal-based world of fantasy pays tribute to city of Pittsburgh
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
There are several ways to enter the city of Pittsburgh, but approaching town through the Fort Pitt Tunnel is undoubtedly the most dramatic. And for Benny Zelkowicz, who grew up in Mt. Lebanon, the ...
Metro Briefs December 4
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
Congregation Beth Shalom will hold Shabbat Shiur with Adam Garber, field director for PennEnvironment, on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 12:40 p.m., after services, in the Helfant Chapel. Garber helps coordin...