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Metro Briefs 7-28
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...
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Classrooms Without Borders takes educators, teachers on moving journey through Poland
“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...
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Zalman Shapiro, scientist and supporter of Israel, passes away at 96
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...
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Pittsburgher stands up for Gretchen Carlson
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...
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Creative Kosher Catering cooks up new base in East Pittsburgh
Creative Kosher Catering has found a new place to make dough. Having out- grown previous locales in Squirrel Hill and Greenfield — most recently the kitchen of Congregation Poale Zedeck — the cater...
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Duolingo enables English speakers to learn Hebrew for free
Duolingo, the free language-learning platform that has attracted more than 150 million users, recently released a Hebrew for English speakers course. Since the June 23 release, more than 53,000 stu...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local Torah cements spiritual link between Pittsburgh and northern Israel
The quick thinking of a local Jewish community leader has resulted in the deepening of spiritual ties between Pittsburgh and its sister city in Israel. Sue Linzer, former director of the Overseas P...
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Documenting slow decline of a vanishing Latrobe congregation
At the beginning of 2013, documentarian Brad Lichtenstein, president of 371 Productions and winner of two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards from Columbia’s School of Journalism, was looki...
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In a city of bridges, this one stands out at Rodef Shalom
Pittsburgh has 446 bridges, but none with more character than the one being played at Rodef Shalom Congregation. For the past 24 years, roughly 130 players have gathered from north, south, east and...
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The meaning of Friendship
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
Dave Soltesz of the Penguins Foundation presented the Friendship Circle (and board member Dorothy Pollon and her son Ben) with a $5,000 check in support of its Sports League, a regular and popular ...
Lifer inmate’s art inspires, resonates at B’nai Abraham
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
The drawing was done with a ballpoint pen, and the artist is not renowned — in fact, he is serving a life sentence at the Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, Calif. — but the framed image in the hal...




Jewish communities fight the odds, keep their roots alive
by Tammy Hepps, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 30, 2016 | 3 3 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
Once there were hundreds of thriving small-town Jewish communities across the country. Now even the last survivors are vanishing. On Sunday, a New Light Congregation Men’s Club-sponsored bus tour o...
Community interfaith program tackles tough post-Orlando issues
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
With the aftermath of the mass shooting at Orlando, Fla.’s Pulse nightclub still being assessed, for many the June 12 attack could be framed in the contexts of three contentious contemporary politi...
Metro Briefs June 30
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
Temple Sinai invites the community to learn the Hebrew alphabet, vowels and basic vocabulary of Jewish life at a new beginning Hebrew course taught by Rabbi Keren Gorban. Classes will take place at...
Plane crash claims accomplished corneal surgeon Dr. Robert Arffa, ‘loved by everybody’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 29, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
Dr. Robert Arffa, a corneal surgeon specializing in laser vision correction and a longtime Jewish resident of Mt. Lebanon, died in a plane crash on Thursday, June 16. Arffa, 62, was flying from Pit...
Cheryl Klein’s journey to rabbi: ‘It’s never too late’
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
Cheryl Klein took “a more circuitous path” to rabbinic ordination than your typical rabbi. Klein, 59, who has been the lay cantor at Congregation Dor Hadash since 1986, has been involved with many ...
Iran, the Holocaust, ‘Septembers of Shiraz’ — and me
by Curt Schleier, JTA
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
“Septembers of Shiraz” is a film about a prosperous Jewish family in Iran caught up in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution that overthrew the shah. It’s based on Dalia Sofer’s well-received 2007 n...
Metro Briefs June 23
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s SteelTree Fund will give three organizations a total of $13,875 in fourth-round 2015–16 funding: Community Day School (CDS), the Friendship Circle and Chab...
Two new books deliver food for thought
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
As the weather warms and barbecue becomes the fare, two new books offer ample food for thought. “Parenting in Perspective” by Barry Kislowicz and “The Psychology of Tzimtzum” by Mordechai Rotenberg...