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Rabbi proposes solutions to shrinking population
The Pittsburgh Jewish community is a shadow of its former self, but Rabbi Mark Staitman says he has solutions for the demographic decline. After juxtaposing dismal figures and depressing anecdotes,...
Jun 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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New group in Pittsburgh hopes to bring end to Israeli ‘occupation’
A Jewish nonprofit group with the stated goal of ending the Israeli “occupation” of the Palestinians has set down stakes in Pittsburgh. IfNotNow, a national organization started by a group of mille...
Jun 21, 2017 | 4 4 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local Kiwanis Club transfers endowment to Jewish Community Foundation
Two local organizations have joined efforts to foster future support. The Kiwanis Club of Squirrel Hill Pittsburgh recently turned over its endowment to the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater P...
Jun 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Silverman’s new special is a delightfully coarse colloquy
Cries, cringes and familiar quips are only a click away in Sarah Silverman’s new Netflix special, “A Speck of Dust.” For fans of the Jewish comedian, the one-hour, 11-minute recorded set offers nod...
Jun 21, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish community shows its pride at LGBT Equality March
The Pittsburgh Jewish community stood out among the tens of thousands who joined in the city’s annual EQT Equality March on June 11 and not just because of their “Love is Kosher” T-shirts. “It was ...
Jun 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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New Light to sell building, share space with TOL*OLS
New Light Congregation has put its building on Forbes Avenue and Beechwood Boulevard up for sale and will be entering into an agreement to rent space from Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha on Wilkins Avenue...
Jun 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Foer opens up about newest novel, ‘Here I Am,’ at Rodef Shalom
In Jonathan Safran Foer’s newest novel, “Here I Am,” the protagonist, Jacob Bloch, makes a telling observation about contemporary Jewish life outside of Israel: “Jewish Americans will go to any len...
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Jewish Women’s Center, Squirrel Hill Health Center honored by local Islamic organization
The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh bestowed awards to two organizations established by members of the Jewish community at its Humanity Day Award Ceremony on June 11. The Jewish Women’s Center of Pitt...
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‘Sound of Jewish Music’ strikes just the right chord
Dance, song and stories united more than 400 Jewish women on Tuesday night, June 7, at the sixth annual “The Sound of Jewish Music” event, a project of Chabad of Pittsburgh. Organized by Chani Alte...
Jun 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gospel singers come to New Light for ‘awesome’ MLK celebration
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 205 205 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Pittsburgher joins national cohort to Israel
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 217 217 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Here’s one high-flying nonprofit that’s definitely gone to the dogs
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 21, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 212 212 recommendations | email to a friend
Up above the clouds in a small airline carrier, a voice breaks up the sounds from the engine. “Animal rescue team flight No. 920,” an air traffic controller announced over a two-way radio. Another ...
FIDF makes heartfelt pitch to gather support in Pittsburgh
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 202 202 recommendations | email to a friend
Seeking to expand its reach to the Steel City, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) brought its message of aiding Israeli soldiers and veterans to a 30-strong group in Squirrel Hill last wee...
Jewish women persevere behind the camera
by Michael Fox
Jan 15, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 269 269 recommendations | email to a friend
Surpassing $3 million in box office receipts, writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s feature debut “Obvious Child” was one of the surprise indie hits of last year. Not bad for a low-budget movie abo...
I.B. Singer’s sister a literary power in her own right
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 274 274 recommendations | email to a friend
The English-speaking world for many years was deprived of the writings of Esther Singer Kreitman, who was forced into the shadows of invisibility based primarily on her gender. In fact, Kreitman wa...
Foreign author shares familiar tales of daring and reflection
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 192 192 recommendations | email to a friend
In a decorated home nestled between Squirrel Hill and Oakland, 20 people gathered to hear Howard Goldenberg, an Australian doctor, author and marathoner, share familial anecdotes alongside excerpts...
Holocaust Center director resigns, takes animal welfare position
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 197 197 recommendations | email to a friend
Joy Braunstein is pursuing greener pastures. Within days, Braunstein will officially resign as director of the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and become executive d...
Metro Briefs January 15
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 200 200 recommendations | email to a friend
Ronna Harris Askin is the new executive director of the Jewish Assistance Fund. She replaces retiring executive director Ellen Primis, who shaped the organization as its first executive director. P...
Veteran Jewish bowlers keep on rollin’
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 195 195 recommendations | email to a friend
In Harmarville on Wednesday nights, a group of Jewish men bowl. For many of them, this has been common practice for well over three decades. Mike Samuels started bowling with the group 43 years ago...