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Two new books deliver food for thought
As the weather warms and barbecue becomes the fare, two new books offer ample food for thought. “Parenting in Perspective” by Barry Kislowicz and “The Psychology of Tzimtzum” by Mordechai Rotenberg...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Court appointee Butler puts community first
Gov. Tom Wolf has nominated Dan Butler of Squirrel Hill to serve as magisterial district judge for the Allegheny County magisterial district court, covering cases in Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze, Sh...
Jun 23, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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The art of soliciting: For these Federation veterans, it’s masterful

Milton Eisner and Mina Kavaler have something of a friendly rivalry going. Both have been longtime solicitors for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh — Eisner for 70 years, Kavaler for 72. ...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bavarian rector outlines the challenges of German Jewish growth
Walter Homolka, a Bavarian rector whose professional existence has undergone myriad rebirths, was in Pittsburgh recently to discuss the recent resurgence of Jewish life in Germany. “The central que...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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For this cancer nonprofit, everyone is a ‘champion’
At 25, Sidney Kushner has discovered a way to improve the life of a child fighting cancer. And Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (Children’s Hospital) has taken notice. It’s not that the Up...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Interfaith engagement organizations reap rewards of Douglas’ Genesis Prize

Twenty-eight organizations committed to engaging interfaith families in Jewish life are benefiting from $3.3 million in grant funds, thanks to Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas. Last summ...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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1880s Engine House is saved, gets renovation by a … Fireman
Jack Conner still remembers the 18-foot brass pole he had to slide down to get to his truck when the call to duty rang out at Engine House No. 16 in the middle of the night.  “They had to take out ...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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New JRS head is ready to lead, ready to learn
Harold Love, a lifelong resident of Western Pennsylvania with more than last three decades of nonprofit experience, became executive director of Jewish Residential Services on June 1. He succeeds D...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Touring the world is a balancing act
Four years ago, Laura Silverman joined the circus. Next week, her act is coming to town. From June 22 to 26, “Toruk — The First Flight” will converge on Consol Energy Center. The touring show from ...
Jun 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Public Theater’s ‘Disgraced’ exposes fallout of cultural denial
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Choosing to stage a production of “Disgraced,” Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about an assimilated Pakistani-American attorney who disavows his Muslim roots yet cannot seem to shake thei...
Metro Briefs March 3
Mar 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
New Light Congregation will present “The Last 20 Years of Israeli Politics” with educator Avi Ben-Hur, visiting from Israel courtesy of Classrooms Without Borders, on Friday, March 4 following serv...
‘Here One Day’ connects audience with struggles of mental illness
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
“Here One Day,” Jewish filmmaker Kathy Leichter’s documentary about her mother’s mental illness, and the ripple effects of her suicide on her family, begins with Leichter responding to her young so...
Repurposed classics inspire at Shlock Rock’s local show
Mar 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Like that bottle of Bordeaux in your basement, Shlock Rock keeps getting better with age. The Jewish rock band and its now middle-aged members performed Feb. 24 at Shaare Torah Congregation in Squi...
Experts tackle community concerns over refugee crisis
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Welcoming the stranger is a core Jewish value, began Josh Sayles, the director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Relations Council, at the commencement of a program held la...
Message is clear: Meet the millennials where they are
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
When addressing groups of millennial “nones” — those who do not identify as being affiliated with any particular religious group — Rabbi Irwin Kula stands before a large blackboard and records a li...
Casey’s Middle East trip focuses on terrorism, human rights
by Marissa Stern, Special to The Chronicle
Mar 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
While presidential candidates debate their foreign policies, including how they would deal with terrorist groups such as the so-called Islamic State during their hypothetical presidencies, Sen. Bob...
JNF restructuring brings ‘excitement, enthusiasm’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish National Fund has less of a physical presence in Pittsburgh these days, but its impact here may actually be growing, according to Rick Krosnick, chief development officer of JNF. JNF’s s...
Key to good sex and relationships? Take risks, says Orthodox sex therapist
by Laura Kelly, JTA
Feb 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES — What makes for good sex? It’s an unusual question for the wife of an Orthodox rabbi to talk about publicly, but Doreen Seidler-Feller has made a career of it. A clinical sex therapist...
St. Petersburg, the Russian city on the Neva, enjoys a Jewish presence
by Ben G. Frank, Special to The Chronicle
Feb 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
I visited St. Petersburg for the first time in the early 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union. I noted that buildings were often entered through courtyards that existed in the days of the great...