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Jewish communities fight the odds, keep their roots alive

Once there were hundreds of thriving small-town Jewish communities across the country. Now even the last survivors are vanishing. On Sunday, a New Light Congregation Men’s Club-sponsored bus tour o...
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Community interfaith program tackles tough post-Orlando issues
With the aftermath of the mass shooting at Orlando, Fla.’s Pulse nightclub still being assessed, for many the June 12 attack could be framed in the contexts of three contentious contemporary politi...
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs June 30
Temple Sinai invites the community to learn the Hebrew alphabet, vowels and basic vocabulary of Jewish life at a new beginning Hebrew course taught by Rabbi Keren Gorban. Classes will take place at...
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Plane crash claims accomplished corneal surgeon Dr. Robert Arffa, ‘loved by everybody’
Dr. Robert Arffa, a corneal surgeon specializing in laser vision correction and a longtime Jewish resident of Mt. Lebanon, died in a plane crash on Thursday, June 16. Arffa, 62, was flying from Pit...
Jun 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cheryl Klein’s journey to rabbi: ‘It’s never too late’
Cheryl Klein took “a more circuitous path” to rabbinic ordination than your typical rabbi. Klein, 59, who has been the lay cantor at Congregation Dor Hadash since 1986, has been involved with many ...
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Metro Briefs June 23
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s SteelTree Fund will give three organizations a total of $13,875 in fourth-round 2015–16 funding: Community Day School (CDS), the Friendship Circle and Chab...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 9 9 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 | 8 8 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 | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Listen to ‘The Lion’
by Lisa Traiger, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
“Music is my spirituality,” said Benjamin Scheuer, the singer/songwriter/author of a heartbreaking and heartwarming one-man musical, “The Lion.” Music is also his saving grace. “The Lion” runs thro...
One man’s call to duty keeps Memorial Day tradition alive
by Tammy Hepps, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 02, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Jacob Notovitz keeps his promises. An 88-year-old veteran from Wilkinsburg who served during the Korean War, Notovitz is the commander of the Jewish War Veterans Pittsburgh Post #499 and a recipien...
Deservedly, Rabbi Jacob to be honored as Pursuer of Peace
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 02, 2016 | 2 2 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
There is no way to predict how the course of a rabbinic career will play out, said Rabbi Walter Jacob, sitting in his office surrounded by copious volumes of books while brushing the dirt off his p...
Torah scroll in White Oak poses puzzling question
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 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
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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 | 16 16 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 | 16 16 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 | 28 28 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 | 15 15 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...