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Metro Briefs 7-28
Little Lake Theatre is auditioning actors for a fall tour production of “Letters to Sala.” The production is looking for men (ages 20-35) and women (ages 20-50) for various roles. All actors on tou...
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Classrooms Without Borders takes educators, teachers on moving journey through Poland
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” This quotation from Seneca is one way to sum up why many teachers and students participated in a recent Classrooms Without Borders trip to...
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Zalman Shapiro, scientist and supporter of Israel, passes away at 96
Zalman Shapiro, a man whose energetic mind propelled submarines to new depths, died at his Oakland home on July 16. Shapiro was 96. Throughout his industrious career as a physical chemist and inven...
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Pittsburgher stands up for Gretchen Carlson
Allan Ripp didn’t start out as a PR man. “I wanted to work for The New York Times really badly,” Ripp, who reps former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson in her battle against her former employer, said...
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Creative Kosher Catering cooks up new base in East Pittsburgh
Creative Kosher Catering has found a new place to make dough. Having out- grown previous locales in Squirrel Hill and Greenfield — most recently the kitchen of Congregation Poale Zedeck — the cater...
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Duolingo enables English speakers to learn Hebrew for free
Duolingo, the free language-learning platform that has attracted more than 150 million users, recently released a Hebrew for English speakers course. Since the June 23 release, more than 53,000 stu...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local Torah cements spiritual link between Pittsburgh and northern Israel
The quick thinking of a local Jewish community leader has resulted in the deepening of spiritual ties between Pittsburgh and its sister city in Israel. Sue Linzer, former director of the Overseas P...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Documenting slow decline of a vanishing Latrobe congregation
At the beginning of 2013, documentarian Brad Lichtenstein, president of 371 Productions and winner of two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards from Columbia’s School of Journalism, was looki...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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In a city of bridges, this one stands out at Rodef Shalom
Pittsburgh has 446 bridges, but none with more character than the one being played at Rodef Shalom Congregation. For the past 24 years, roughly 130 players have gathered from north, south, east and...
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Metro Briefs April 7
Apr 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
The Community Day School Middle School spring musical performance of Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” will be held on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 10 at 3:30 p.m. Directed by Jennifer Majeti...
Once again, JFilm throws spotlight on films from around the world
by Toby Tabachnick and Adam Reinherz, Staff Writers
Apr 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
JFilm will open its 23rd annual festival on April 7 with the Pittsburgh premiere of “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You,” a candid look at the now nonagenarian who broke television barriers t...
American, Israeli teens give voice through song
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Musical imperfection never sounded so true. HaZamir, an amateur choir of eighth- to 12th-grade students from Pittsburgh, Karmiel and Misgav, performed at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pitt...
CMU doctoral student visits Israel to volunteer, entertain musically
Apr 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Where have all the Renaissance men gone? Well, one just recently returned from Israel. Mike Roth is a singing, songwriting, bass playing, Carnegie Mellon University engineering and public policy do...
Future will be paved by relationships, says JCPA leader
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
David Bernstein spent the morning of March 29 with insiders at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Over breakfast, Bernstein, the new president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, de...
A great mitzvah: New Castle’s Torah finds a home in Poland
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
No one remembers exactly how or when the century-old Torah got from Poland to New Castle, Pa., but it will be a long time before anyone forgets how it made its way back home. Call it serendipity or...
Nora Ephron’s feats and foibles examined in film by her son
by Curt Schleier, JTA
Mar 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
“It’s almost good,” Jacob Bernstein says. “That’s what she would have thought of it.” The “she” in this case is the late writer Nora Ephron, Bernstein’s mom. “It” is his elegant and moving document...
Metro Briefs March 31
Mar 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
The community is invited to join Beth El Congregation of the South Hills on Friday, April 1 at 6 p.m. at 1900 Cochran Road for a Shabbat experience of music and joy during its new Friday Night Live...
Federation relocation survey yields no real surprises
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Mar 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
The results are in, and there are no surprises. Following two nearly identical relocation-related surveys, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has gathered information regarding its upcomin...
A dynamic duo is turning up the volume on Beechview’s future
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Daniel Berkowitz strolls into Brew on Broadway, a coffee shop with an eclectic décor and an eclectic clientele, housed on the main drag of Beechview, a South Hills neighborhood to which most Pittsb...