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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...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 ...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Synagogue event proves ‘clean’ comedy can also be funny
Kosher comedy is like a vegetarian cholent — a little different than the norm, but pleasantly surprising. With neither a cuss word nor crass remark gracing either of the two comedic sets, Shaare To...
Sep 22, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fewer hours to do so, but you can still shop till you plotz
Business may not be as brisk as it once was, but a dedicated corps of Jewish women is keeping Pittsburgh’s synagogue gift shops alive and well. That’s good news for shoppers who have become accusto...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs September 23
Congregation Beth Shalom’s Community Selihot program will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Samuel and Minnie Hyman Ballroom. The program will take a close look at why the sounds of th...
Sep 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs September 16
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh invites the community to its 121st annual meeting, Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the JCC’s Levinson Hall in Squirrel Hill. The evening will inclu...
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Great American Songbook’s ‘ambassador’ wants to educate new generations of fans
Pittsburghers have contributed their fair share to the Great American Songbook — that canon of the most significant and enduring American popular songs from the 1920s to the 1950s, many of which we...
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Federation, day schools addressing serious revenue shortfall
Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools are expected to shoulder a cumulative budget deficit which could exceed $800,000 this school year as a result of a decrease in available funds as part of the s...
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Writer tells government to get out of kids’ lives
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
A state-licensed day care facility’s refusal to swaddle her infant son was the last straw for Abby Schachter. It was 2013, and Schachter, a Pittsburgh-based libertarian columnist and Jewish comment...
LGBT Jews looking for more than just acceptance
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
B.D. Wahlberg, like many other millennial Jews, would love to be dating another Jew. But for Wahlberg, it is difficult to find someone with whom the recent University of Pittsburgh grad has enough ...
Unearthed Torah returns to life at great-great-grandson’s bar mitzvah
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Aug 10, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
Seventy-five years ago, Aryeh Leib Dworkin RSVP’d for his great-great-grandson’s bar mitzvah. Foreseeing that he might not attend, Dworkin sent ahead a gift. First entrusted to his daughter, Rachel...
Piano prodigy says it all started in Pittsburgh
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
Sarah Dukes, 33, has been playing the piano since age 6. “It was fun and exciting” at first, recalls the Yeshiva Schools grad, “but at a certain point, I felt bored.” Endless scales and practices m...
Baseball team’s Faith and Freedom Night not a hit for everyone
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
The general manager of the Washington Wild Things — the Washington, Pa.-based Frontier League baseball team — has apologized to a Jewish fan offended by speeches presented at a game last month, whi...
In the world of flea markets, Strip District hosts one of the best
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
On the second Sunday of every month between May and October, the parking lot on 23rd Street in the Strip District comes alive, as a pop-up marketplace takes over for the day. The Neighborhood Flea ...
Metro Briefs August 11
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
Congregation Beth Shalom will hold a communal Tisha B’av observance on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 6:45 p.m. Participants will hear from members of the community who will share poetry, prose, songs and st...
Olympics: 7 Jewish American Olympians to watch in Rio
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
Aug 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
There are athletes, and then there are Olympic athletes. And then there are Jewish Olympic athletes. When the 2016 Summer Olympics open Friday, we’ll of course be cheering the American athletes — a...
The ‘Indignation’ of Philip Roth
by Jared Feldschreiber, Special to The Chronicle
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
“Indignation” depicts a working class Jewish student from Newark, N.J., who attends a small Ohio college where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection. In many ways, it is a c...
Stories prove travel mishaps can often have happy endings
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
As people throughout the area embark on their final vacations of the season, it might be helpful to know that summer hiccups don’t always require a doctor. Sometimes they need a travel agent. Take ...