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Metro Briefs December 2
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh issued a letter to the community with a reminder that it represents, without exception, a diverse community and acts in a nonpartisan manner and that dis...
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Tzohar grad’s photography in focus on Vanityfair.com

Arianna Sharfman has enjoyed “playing with cameras” since she was in high school. But it wasn’t until the Orthodox native Californian attended Pittsburgh’s Tzohar Seminary for Chassidus and the Art...
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Pittsburgh-inspired center in Akko ‘off and running big time’
Bill Strickland recently returned from Akko, Israel, having witnessed “a modern miracle.” Strickland is the founder and CEO of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation, the local nonprofit that proves th...
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JFilm gets new name, expanded focus
Though lacking the fanfare of a major motion picture release, a recent announcement in the Pittsburgh cinematic community has shined a light on an organization until now thought of as primarily a J...
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Anti-Semitism abroad not yet at 1930s level, but ‘bleak’ nonetheless
Jewish journalists met with members of the Obama administration on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the State Department for a briefing on worldwide anti-Semitism. The meeting was arranged by the American Jew...
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Metro Briefs November 25
Families of the Community Day School Class of 2017 invite the community for Israel Alive! Bid, schmooze and sip wine on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. at 6424 Forward Ave. All funds raised duri...
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Pittsburgher’s letter to ‘oracle of Omaha’ results in a $60 million sale of Israel Bonds
Sometimes a good dose of chutzpah can pay off in a big way. Just ask Harold Marcus, the man charged with heading the sale of Israel Bonds in Pennsylvania. The State of Israel has just scored $60 mi...
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Memories of Koopa Troopa and Italian plumbers are alive again
After blowing off the metaphorical dust and jostling a few memories, the world of Mario, Zelda and a princess-stealing ape is alive again. Thirty years after the release of the Nintendo Entertainme...
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Getting Arab Israeli women into high-tech is a win-win
There are many reasons to increase career opportunities for Israel’s female Arab citizens in its burgeoning high-tech workforce. Growing Arab women’s stake in the start-up nation will not only help...
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Trump’s victory should be a lesson, say local community members
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
On the morning following Donald Trump’s election as the 45th president of the United States, Pittsburgh native Dara Stern donned a T-shirt sporting a rainbow over a Steel City bridge, with the word...
Federation to launch first community study since 2002
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has engaged a nationally recognized research organization to conduct a major study of Jewish life and needs throughout the greater Pittsburgh Jewish comm...
Rabbi Sara Perman to leave Greensburg congregation after 31 years
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Nov 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
After 31 years, Rabbi Sara Rae Perman is hanging up her tallit. The soon-to-be rabbi emerita of Congregation Emanu-El Israel explained that she is leaving the Greensburg-based pulpit because “it’s ...
Voices at the polls brave long lines in bidding welcome farewell to divisive campaign
by Adam Reinherz and Toby Tabachnick, Chronicle Staff Writers
Nov 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
With Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton sprinting to a likely photo finish, tapping the ballot box was a welcome final push for many this Election Day. Moments prior to casting hi...
Jewish Day Schools want middle schoolers to approach election ‘mindfully’
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Nov 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
In a presidential election stoked by combustible rhetoric, local educators have shied away from bringing campaign specifics into the classroom. Instead, with curricula largely avoiding both of the ...
Metro Briefs November 4
Nov 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
Congregation Dor Hadash Shira Group , led by Rabbi Doris Dyen, will bring Yiddishkeit culture and songs for all to sing on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. for a Kum-Zitz — Yiddish for sitting and singi...
‘Fatherly’ Barak charms Pittsburgh
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
Ehud Barak drew a standing ovation from the packed house at Heinz Hall last week following a talk in which the former Israeli prime minister — with charm, but without mincing words — covered the cu...
Gross inspires local campaign workers to get out the vote
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
Alan Gross has a thing or two to say about the value of freedom. And the handful of Hillary Clinton campaign volunteers gathered at her canvassing office in the blue-collar community of Brookline o...
Poros’ best pour is Israeli Cab
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
When the staff at Poros recommends the Barkan Cabernet Sauvignon to its customers, the reaction is generally one of surprise. Most diners at the restaurant specializing in Mediterranean cuisine do ...
Belgian’s view of election: Enough already
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
This is the fourth American presidential election cycle that Flemish radio journalist Els Aeyels has covered for VRT, a Belgian public broadcasting company comparable to NPR. But this time, things ...