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An insight into the city’s scrap history as assembled by its dealers
Like the metal that they sold, the scrap men have been repurposed. Bought out, died out, expanded or professionals in other trades, Pittsburgh’s scrap dealers depict an evolutionary cornerstone of ...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Unlikely collaboration finds Chasid writing for N.Y. exhibition
The first time DovBer Naiditch met Kai Althoff it was in a kosher pizza place in Crown Heights — a typical haunt for Naiditch, a Lubavitcher Chasid from Pittsburgh. It was a bit less standard for A...
Aug 25, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Civic engagement fund supports projects in and out of the community

A new dose of vibrancy has arrived for local organizations. Mini-grants, ranging from $600 to $7,000, were awarded to 13 initiatives aimed at strengthening, supporting and engaging Pittsburgh’s div...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kosher caterer puts hospital food in a new light
It’s no secret that hospital food can be pretty unappealing, and kosher hospital food is no exception. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is hoping to change that paradigm with the introdu...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Departing JCC exec has made generations of memories
It is tough for many community members to imagine the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh without Rachel Marcus, who has announced her retirement after serving the Squirrel Hill instituti...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs August 18
Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha is hosting a communitywide and congregational picnic on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henry Kaufmann Family Park in Monroeville. Activities include swimming...
Aug 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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At 92, Malka Markovic floats ideas of life after mikvah
There is history and memory in the seemingly everyday artifacts of the mikvah. There are dated note pads, decades old kosher-for-Passover pots and a rotary dial phone dating to the 1950s. While box...
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AG candidate outlines platform to downtown lawyers
Josh Shapiro has been wearing a red string around his right wrist for months, and he is not about to take it off now. The string was a gift from Shapiro’s daughter, a keepsake she picked up for her...
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Chai Mitzvah initiative to infuse ‘life’ into local learning
Adults searching for new avenues of Jewish learning, spirituality and community may find what they seek beginning next month when seven area congregations join together to participate in Chai Mitzv...
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Torah thefts are down thanks to some detective work
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Several local sefer Torahs may now be safer Torahs, following a visit from a Jerusalem-based nonprofit with a computerized technique of Torah scroll identification and registration. The system, dev...
Metro Briefs August 4
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Through the year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has invited the community to “Do Good in the ’Burgh and Around the World” by contributing to the Federation’s annual campaign. The Fede...
Tours of building signal new mikvah’s opening on the horizon
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
After six years of fundraising and construction, Squirrel Hill’s new women’s mikvah will soon be open for use. Judy Kanal, a board member who is heading up tours of the new ritual bath on the 6300 ...
Roberto Clemente and the Torah he hit home
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
Roberto Clemente once hit a home run that took more than 40 years to land. When asked about the particular bat that lifted much more than a single ball, Clemente’s son recently said, “It’s amazing....
World-renowned ophthalmologist foresees future in Pittsburgh
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh looks pretty good to José-Alain Sahel, the world-renowned ophthalmologist and scientist who recently moved from Strasbourg, France, to Squirrel Hill. “The feeling we got in Squirrel Hill...
Metro Briefs 7-28
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Classrooms Without Borders takes educators, teachers on moving journey through Poland
by Leigh Ann Totty, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
“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...
Zalman Shapiro, scientist and supporter of Israel, passes away at 96
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Pittsburgher stands up for Gretchen Carlson
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Getting ‘UnREAL’ with actress Shiri Appleby: Actress dishes on playing a Jewish, feminist antihero
by Linda Buchwald, JTA
Jul 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
In the world of television, Rachel Goldberg is a rare character: a Jewish, female antihero. She’s the main character in “UnREAL,” a scripted drama on Lifetime about the behind-the-scenes world of a...