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Star power helps Joshua Malina step into spotlight as proud Jew
Actor Joshua Malina’s address to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Young Adult Division (YAD) this Saturday night, “How to Make it in Hollywood and Remain a Mensch,” is based on “two ve...
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs January 29
The Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce and Westmoreland County Community College will present the 40th annual Westmoreland County Prayer Breakfast on Friday, Jan. 30 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at t...
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Whether in business or as an author, Roth’s just-do-it attitude has fairy-tale ending
Ellen Roth did not train to be a businesswoman or a novelist or a screenwriter. Yet, this longtime Pittsburgher seems to don adeptly any type of hat she chooses. Roth originally hails from Clevelan...
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Local series spotlights freedom of speech and its responsibility
First Amendment rights are what Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute and senior vice president of the First Amendment Center, says are the blue collar amendments. “You ...
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Metro Briefs January 22
Congregation Emanu-El Israel of Greensburg will hold its next Festival of the Jewish Arts program on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. at Campana Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg camp...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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7th-grader’s act of kindness for a friend gains worldwide audience
Like most children celebrating a bar or bat mitzvah, Jesse Kaufman of Monroeville undertook a mitzvah project: After his bar mitzvah last August at the Chabad Jewish Center, he donated every cent o...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Eyewitness to history: The letters of Tmima Bar Ilan
Some people read about history, other people live it. Tmima Bar Ilan, nonagenarian mother of popular local Hebrew teacher Naama Lazar, was one of the latter. She experienced some of the most tumult...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gospel singers come to New Light for ‘awesome’ MLK celebration
On one side of New Light Congregation’s pulpit sits an American flag, on the other an Israeli one. For one night, flanked between those flags, stood gospel-singing church members. “I am really exci...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pittsburgher joins national cohort to Israel
Dan Friedman entered the movie theater. Before the film began, he received an instruction:  “If the siren blares, you have 15 seconds to enter the bomb shelter.” The film started. The siren never s...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chronicle’s top stories of 2014 reflect area’s engaged Jewish community
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
February: Community Scorecard rollout Jewish Pittsburgh’s agencies and institutions began some serious self-reflection in 2014, deciding to take a hard and fast look at how well they are meeting th...
Chanukah punctuated in Pittsburgh by demonstration
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 31, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
On the last night of Chanukah, Darlington Road and Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill were shut down by a 100-plus crowd demonstrating against deaths of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York at th...
The power of ‘Night’ continues its haunting grip
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
How one of the most definitive Holocaust memoirs of our time escaped my attention is perplexing, but it was with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation that I sat down on a chilly November after...
Ordination ceremony in Poland marks milestone for Europe’s Jewish community
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
It had been 75 years since the last such ceremony in Poland, but on Sept. 3, 2014, the Abraham Geiger College ordained four rabbis in the town of Wroclaw, which was once known as Breslau, Germany. ...
Metro Briefs December 25
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Visual artist Rochelle Sherman will show her current paintings as well as her earlier collages in a solo exhibit opening on Sunday, Jan. 4 at 12:30 p.m. and continuing to the end of the month at th...
J Street ramps up Israeli political coverage ahead of March elections
by Melissa Apter
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Melissa Apter For the self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization J Street, the upcoming Israeli election is a moment of “clear choice.” Either Israelis will elect leadership that puts the ...
Local core of Israel advocates to build alliances
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Twenty local leaders have completed nine hours of training to hone their Israel advocacy skills by participating in a countrywide initiative of the Israel Action Network (IAN) of the Jewish Federat...
White House Chanukah party celebrates the Alan Gross ‘miracle’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 23, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Aaron Bisno visited the White House once as a child on a brief tour, but this time his experience was vastly different. One of about 500 guests at the second of two White House Chanukah parti...
Ben-Gurion: ‘History’s gift to the Jewish people’
by Neal Gendler
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
“David Ben-Gurion’s greatest years were between 1942 and 1953,” said Anita Shapira, author of the latest in Yale’s “Jewish Lives” series of short biographies. “It seems that his whole life was but ...
As ‘Gone with the Wind’ turns 75, examining the Jewish influence on an epic film
by Robert Gluck, JNS.org
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
The 75th anniversary of the premiere of “Gone with the Wind” on Dec. 15 presents an opportunity to examine the Jewish influence on one of the most popular films of all time. That influence starts w...