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Pro-Israel students continue to face challanges on campus
Pro-Israel organizations are anticipating a challenging year on college campuses nationwide as anti-Israel activists continue their effort to delegitimize the Jewish state, albeit through an appare...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diplomat has traveled the world, but Pittsburgh holds special place in his heart
Listening to Shimon Mercer-Wood is an auditory delight. As spokesman and consul for media affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, Mercer-Wood gives voice to Israel throughout the no...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panelists disagree on what to make of Iran deal
Encased by the wood-paneled walls of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club, three experts’ cacophonous opinions reverberated throughout the location last week during a debate on last year’s nuclear deal with ...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Synagogue event proves ‘clean’ comedy can also be funny
Kosher comedy is like a vegetarian cholent — a little different than the norm, but pleasantly surprising. With neither a cuss word nor crass remark gracing either of the two comedic sets, Shaare To...
Sep 22, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fewer hours to do so, but you can still shop till you plotz
Business may not be as brisk as it once was, but a dedicated corps of Jewish women is keeping Pittsburgh’s synagogue gift shops alive and well. That’s good news for shoppers who have become accusto...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs September 23
Congregation Beth Shalom’s Community Selihot program will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Samuel and Minnie Hyman Ballroom. The program will take a close look at why the sounds of th...
Sep 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs September 16
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh invites the community to its 121st annual meeting, Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the JCC’s Levinson Hall in Squirrel Hill. The evening will inclu...
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Great American Songbook’s ‘ambassador’ wants to educate new generations of fans
Pittsburghers have contributed their fair share to the Great American Songbook — that canon of the most significant and enduring American popular songs from the 1920s to the 1950s, many of which we...
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Federation, day schools addressing serious revenue shortfall
Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools are expected to shoulder a cumulative budget deficit which could exceed $800,000 this school year as a result of a decrease in available funds as part of the s...
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Torah scroll in White Oak poses puzzling question
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
White Oak has a riddle wrapped inside a scroll. Protected by an ornate wooden case, a sefer Torah (a handwritten Pentateuchal scroll) rests in Temple B’nai Israel’s social hall. With its transcribe...
Metro Briefs June 2
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Chabad Jewish Center of Monroeville will hold a free community lecture by Dr. Richard Myerowitz on Jewish genetics and addressing “Are Jews a race?” on Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. at 2715 Mosside...
Local exhibit, activities shine light on refugee experience
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
An exhibit about refugees has a temporary home. “Sanctuary & Sustenance: The Story of Many Journeys” is on display until June 30 at the American Jewish Museum of the Jewish Community Center of Grea...




JF&CS volunteers bring comfort to area’s Syrian refugees
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 02, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
Sandra Akacem’s family has become a lot larger in the last six months, although she can’t say she has any new relatives. But since volunteering through the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pit...
Catholic students learn that hate can hurt
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 01, 2016 | 5 5 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
Two images containing hate speech and distributed on social media by students of Oakland Catholic High School became a teachable moment for the students involved, as well as for the Jewish and Cath...
Metro Briefs May 26
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The Rev. Dr. Randall K. Bush will be the guest speaker at Temple Sinai’s Shabbat evening service on Friday, May 27 at 8 p.m. Bush is the senior pastor of East Liberty Presbyterian Church and will b...
‘Painting by Numbers: 32B, 34C, 36D’: Women become living canvases for cancer awareness
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
At first, most were shy that afternoon last September, modestly folding their arms over their bare breasts. But it wasn’t long before the 23 women who volunteered to have their chests painted to ra...
For Jerry Seinfeld, the laughs just keep on coming
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 25, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
If Jerry Seinfeld’s bits seemed familiar to his fans at the Benedum Center last Saturday night, they didn’t appear to notice. Or if they did notice, they didn’t care. Seinfeld, who has been enterta...
Anti-Israel sentiment does little to deter college-bound students
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
Brown University was not a very friendly place this past year for its pro-Israel students. Last January, anti-Israel protestors at Brown disrupted a conversation about Jewish identity that featured...
Noteworthy teachers get the call as Unsung Jewish Heroes
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
May 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
With much applause, communal honorees were celebrated for lacking acclaim. At Sunday’s annual Unsung Jewish Heroes Celebration, 20 educators were heralded for their sound fidelity with pronouncemen...