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Pittsburgh’s Chabad House on Campus celebrates 28 years of building local relationships
Twenty-eight years after its inception, Chabad House on Campus Pittsburgh welcomed colleagues and friends last week for an evening of celebration. “Tonight is not a showcase of what Chabad House on...
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Despite challenges, converts feel embraced by community
Susan Sofayov, who was not born Jewish, nonetheless always had a “fascination” with Judaism, particularly Jews living in Israel and the idea of Jewish peoplehood. “The more I learned about the reli...
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Shofar blowers blast humorous, telling tales
In the coming days Pittsburgh’s shofar blowers will gather across pews and pulpits, and while some may be plagued by irritated lips, the time for those blessed with hot air is now.   “It’s a joy, t...
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Apples & Honey Festival

Shalom Pittsburgh, a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, held its sixth annual Apples & Honey Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Anderson Playground in Schenley Park. Phot...
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It’s not your bubbie’s brisket
With the approach of the holiday season, the thoughts of Jews around the world turn to the longstanding traditions of their ancestors: repentance, teshuvah and, of course, food. But while the carni...
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He’s just an actor, but Richard Schiff seeks ‘West Wing’ purity
Richard Schiff is well remembered for the role he memorialized on “The West Wing,” White House communications director Toby Ziegler, whose integrity and passion for justice helped television’s Pres...
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Pro-Israel students continue to face challanges on campus
Pro-Israel organizations are anticipating a challenging year on college campuses nationwide as anti-Israel activists continue their effort to delegitimize the Jewish state, albeit through an appare...
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Diplomat has traveled the world, but Pittsburgh holds special place in his heart
Listening to Shimon Mercer-Wood is an auditory delight. As spokesman and consul for media affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, Mercer-Wood gives voice to Israel throughout the no...
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Panelists disagree on what to make of Iran deal
Encased by the wood-paneled walls of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club, three experts’ cacophonous opinions reverberated throughout the location last week during a debate on last year’s nuclear deal with ...
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Jewish community celebrates year of accomplishments
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
Community members from all corners of Jewish Pittsburgh gathered last week for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s annual meeting to celebrate its accomplishments, honor some of its most ...
Editors of book about Jewish women hope it inspires more stories
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
A new book is telling old stories with the intent to spawn fresh work. “Her Deeds Sing Her Praises: Profiles of Pittsburgh Jewish Women” relates 21 brief biographies of local Jewish women spanning ...
A Jewish rocker rediscovers his sonic roots — by teaching gospel music in Harlem
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — It’s a very humid Friday evening at an outdoor plaza at Manhattan’s tony Lincoln Center. But despite the oppressive weather, some 200 people have gathered to hear live gospel music. The ...
This Israeli and Palestinian duo owns Berlin’s hippest hummus joint
by Toby Axelrod, JTA
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
BERLIN — In a corner of former East Berlin, where shabby, red brick buildings meet cobblestone streets, lies a new Promised Land. Kanaan — a casual, vegetarian Middle Eastern restaurant named for t...
Young couple mark first year of serving Penn State’s Jewish students
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
When Zoe Cook-Nadel began her freshman year at Pennsylvania State University in August 2015, she knew that she wanted to find a way to make Jewish connection and education a priority. And when she ...
Remembering Shirley Bleiberg and her days at ‘Shirley’s Temple’
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Shirley (Ringelheim) Bleiberg, a woman whose firsts came second only to the laughs she engendered, passed away July 5 in Fort Myers, Fla., of complications from Parkinson’s disease. She was 90. Des...
At 100, Arthur Plotkin is still going strong
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Sep 02, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
Arthur Plotkin received a letter from the Obamas. The note, which congratulated the Squirrel Hill resident on becoming a centenarian, was signed by both the president and first lady. After Plotkin’...
Catholic priest seeks testimony of Holocaust’s bystanders
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Sometimes the witnesses cry a lot, although they are old now, and their tears reflect memories going back seven decades. They cry because they can recall in vivid detail their young Jewish classmat...
Metro Briefs September 2
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Councilman Corey O’Connor invite the neighborhood to hear developers Kris Senko and Jack Benoff present proposed plans for community comment and information on...
Federation achieves $13.65 million goal, its largest yet
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh announced last week that it has reached its 2016 campaign goal — its most ambitious to date — raising $13.65 million. “I am very proud of our accomplishm...