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Animal rights pioneer, a Holocaust survivor, encourages respect, obligation
Alex Hershaft was one of the lucky ones. He managed to survive the cage that was the Warsaw Ghetto. Later, he experienced survivor’s guilt, wondering why he had lived when so many others had died. ...
Aug 28, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Circus of the Kids
For the second year in a row, the Circus of the Kids has come to the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill for four days of workshops with local kids, leading up to a short run of performances t...
Aug 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Agency focuses on growing Jewish learning
With its eye on the changing demands posed by a future vastly different from the educational world in which it was created, the Agency for Jewish Learning has concluded its two-year initiative to e...
Aug 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs August 21
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Volunteer Center is partnering with the United Way by recruiting for its “Be a Middle School Mentor” program. Contact Jenny Jones, volunteer center coo...
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Chutz-Pow!’ gives Holocaust heroes the ‘Superman’ treatment
Spider-Man, Superman and Jewish survivors of the Holocaust really do have something in common. “Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust,” a Pittsburgh-based publication, has turned the lives of Pit...
Aug 22, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Delivering hope: Two rabbinical students make the most of their prison road trip
Yaakov Yehudah Raskin, 20, and Tani Rapoport, 21, had some free time this summer. They decided to spend it in prison. The two rabbinical students had a few weeks open before starting their final ye...
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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At long last, calming waters come to Temple Ohav Shalom with three new hires
It’s hard enough for a congregation to transition after its rabbi leaves. Add to that the departure of a youth advisor/music director and a mandate to hire a new full-time religious school director...
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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At 40 years, PPT’s birthday gift to itself is ‘The Glass Menagerie’
Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” is a “memory play,” a term coined by the playwright himself. “Memory,” Williams wrote in the script describing the first scene, “is seated predominantly in...
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sophie Masloff: ‘She was the conscience of our city’
Mayor Sophie Masloff would often open an appearance with the greeting: “It’s great to be here. But at my age, it’s great to be anywhere.” That was typical Masloff, an unassuming, self-deprecating J...
Aug 20, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Retro Review ‘Rachel Calof’s Story: Jewish Homesteader on the Northern Plains’
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jul 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
When Rachel Bella Kahn was a girl growing up in Russia, she certainly never imagined that one day she’d end up as a pioneer woman on the prairies of North Dakota. She was born in 1876, and almost f...
For Iranian-born actors, Israel’s first Farsi movie carries echo of lost home
by Ben Sales, JTA
Jul 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
AYANOT, Israel — An Iranian-Israeli director and a group of Iranian-born actors are making a movie in Farsi, the language of Iran. “Baba Joon,” a story of familial conflict between three generation...
Israel under fire: First-person account describes what you don’t see on the news
by Melody Mostow Coven, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 17, 2014 | 6 6 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
The date is July 11, 2014. The truth is, I don’t even really know how to start this, and finding the energy to write down my thoughts is a challenge enough. I’m not sure exactly what to feel or whi...
Hundreds gather in support of Jewish state
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
More than 400 community members came together in support of Israel and to hear a briefing on its Operation Protective Shield delivered by a Middle East security expert Tuesday night, filling Levins...
Pride, worry surround family whose IDF daughter is in thick of things
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 132 132 recommendations | email to a friend
Six thousand miles from Pittsburgh, city natives are combining opportunity and bravery while serving in the Israel Defense Forces. Joining the IDF and making the country a new residence is no news ...
Metro Briefs July 17
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has created an emergency fund to help victims of the constant barrage of rockets fired by Hamas into Israeli population centers. Funds collected through ...
‘Passion, great attitude’ frame Norman Childs’ success in eyewear industry
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
When he was just 14 years old, Norman Childs had a chance meeting that ultimately dictated the course of his life. Sitting in a hospital waiting room while his grandfather was ill, Childs struck up...
Teens in Israel: ‘Having fun but very uncomfortable’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Maddy Rudoy, 17, arrived in Israel on July 1 with BBYO and is still there enjoying her tour, according to her mother, Holly Rudoy of Mt. Lebanon. “They’re definitely having fun,” Holly Rudoy said o...
From dance tunes to stories, Simply Tsfat rocks Pittsburgh with a joy for Jewish life
by Simone Shapiro, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 14, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
The Baal Shem Tov, founder of Chasidism, explained niggunim as “songs that transcend syllables and sound.” On Sunday night, June 29, that soulful nature was on display, as Simply Tsaf, a group of t...
With ‘juices flowing,’ Goodman relishes new South Hills role with Jewish Federation
Jul 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
After about a year of searching for the right person for the job, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has hired Rob Goodman of Upper St. Clair to serve as the director of the new South Hill...