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Former Pittsburgher sinks his teeth into Discovery’s Shark Week

Most young children have either a “dinosaur thing” or a “shark thing” at some point in their toddlerhood, said David Shiffman. But while Shiffman remembers going through both phases, he eventually ...
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Denver rabbi joins Temple Sinai
Rabbi Keren Gorban spent much of her childhood struggling to choose between a future career as a doctor or a teacher. “I really loved the idea of healing people and making them feel better, and … I...
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The Squirrel Hill Redemption: A poet and prisoner bond over shared humanity, whitefish
Najmuddeen Salaam has met Rabbi David Lazar twice: once in prison and the other time in Lazar’s Squirrel Hill home.   During 18 years of incarceration in various Ohio penitentiaries, Salaam read La...
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Holocaust fallout, poor economy has decimated Greek Jewish culture
Tsipy Gur, executive director and founder of Classrooms Without Borders, a nonprofit provider of “experiential, extended term professional development for teachers in the metropolitan Pittsburgh re...
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Interfaith service stands strong in solidarity with Charleston
The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary hosted an interfaith memorial service on June 23 for the Charleston shooting victims, or “The Charleston Nine” as they have come to be known. The event was organ...
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Jewish advocates react as SCOTUS makes gay marriage law of the land
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling announced Friday morning, approved same-sex marriage for residents in all 50 states. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion. “No union is more pr...
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Pennsylvania’s anti-BDS resolution sends message to Israel: ‘We support you’
The Pennsylvania General Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. House Resolution 370, authored by Rep. Matthew...
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BRCA gene mutations affect young Jewish women of Pittsburgh
Faygie Sacks knew there was breast cancer on her mother’s side of the family and that three women had died from ovarian cancer on her father’s side, including her grandmother. So, at age 38, the Pi...
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‘Courting’ Jewish women, basketball is right on the mark
By Masha Shollar Special to The Chronicle  At first glance, this looks like any other pickup basketball game: It started with a few practice throws, a brief discussion about the fairness of the tea...
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Book Review: Harmony, rhythm help move Philip Glass’ ‘Words’
by Suzanne Meyer
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
In New York in the 1960s it wasn’t unusual for struggling artists to do odd jobs to make a buck until the next big break. Author Fran Lebowitz drove a taxi and still owns her vintage checkered cab....
Pittsburgh-based composer proves opera can be ‘cool and hip’
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Douglas Levine began Bucknell University as a management major and switched to the music program after his freshman year. “You can imagine how traumatic that parents’ weekend was!” He never looked ...
Baring it all: Hadassah’s unique approach empowers women who have survived breast cancer
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Local survivors of breast cancer and their female family members and friends are invited by Hadassah Greater Pittsburgh to bare their breasts — and be decorated — at an upcoming event in October du...
Metro Briefs June 11
Jun 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has announced staff changes to its Oakland office. Jason Oppenheimer comes to the Federation from Denver and is Young Adult Division director. Oppenheime...
JAA’s Memory Care Programs get boost from Glen Campbell film
Jun 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
The sniffles of the film attendees in the darkened movie theater reached a fever pitch as the country songs played behind rolling footage of an aging artist. “I have cried, and I have laughed, and ...
With eye to the future, Childs frames socially conscious eyewear business
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Daniel Childs was in college in Syracuse when he had an epiphany about eyewear. Even after he helped friends get discounts on high-end glasses at his father’s stores, Eyetique and 3 Guys Optical, h...
Pomegranate’s Nepal connection readies for trip home, thanks to fundraiser
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
When an earthquake shook Nepal in April, the water rose and floods ensued — totally damaging a local chef’s family home and surroundings. Prashant Lama’s family lost their home when their village o...
Ugandan cantor inspires CDS with songs of peace, encouragement
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
On the last day of school the floors shook. Five hundred little feet pounded against the hardwood in Community Day School’s gymnasium as large circles began to form. As 250 children danced around h...
In honor of his mother, young entrepreneur ‘bottles’ his desire to help
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Ben Kander was just 22 years old in 2012 and a graduating senior at Emory University, when his mother, Ellen Weiss Kander, died of liver cancer. The younger Kander missed his graduation ceremony in...
Leaders with a commitment to the ‘Jewish way’ are Wexner’s ‘tremendous gift’
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
They are presidents of Jewish schools and board members of Jewish organizations. They preside over committees and task forces and congregations. They are your Jewish community leaders, and many are...