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Too much to do: At 82, Harris Baum is not slowing down
The honorary consul general of the Republic of Korea in Philadelphia doesn’t receive a dime. But he does get a reserved parking spot right outside his swank Market Street office. The man who has li...
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Metro Briefs July 30
The Zionist Organization of America — Pittsburgh District is hosting a program titled, “The Legacy of Sepharad: New and Old Encounters between Spain and the Jews,” with Michal Rose Friedman on Tues...
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Adelson ready to take charge at Beth Shalom
Rabbi Seth Adelson, who becomes a senior rabbi at Beth Shalom on Aug. 10, did not always want to be a rabbi. After growing up in a “very small town in the rural Berkshires of Massachusetts” and att...
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Temple Sinai puts exclamation mark on music with hiring of new cantor
Cantor Laura Berman recalls crying in the parking lot of the old B’nai Israel Synagogue on Negley Avenue as a third-grader starting Hebrew school. The late Claryne Karsh had been directing a youth ...
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At Camp Twin Echo, paintball, baseball and bonfires join Torah studies
For several hours each morning, the Yeshiva high school boys spend their summer days much like they do during the school year: studying Judaics and engaging in prayer. But their afternoons look a l...
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Eye-opener: JFNA trip runs the gamut of emotions
Six members of the local chapter of Jewish Federations of North America have just returned from a JFNA organized trip to Tbilisi, Georgia, and Israel. The Pittsburgh chapter also visited Istanbul f...
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Buskers get stamp of approval as outdoor music in Squirrel Hill takes off
Squirrel Hill has a new music scene — the street. For years, buskers (those who perform on the street or in subways for money or other gratuities) have popped up in the neighborhood. At points ther...
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Should bystanders come to the rescue?
P.N., who asked not to be named in this article, was taking a walk with her husband and their two small children in Squirrel Hill last week, when they stopped into the Rite Aid at Forbes and Murray...
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Interim rabbi listened, and Beth Shalom responded with new rabbi, dream team
Rabbi Amy Levin was not entirely sure what her time as an interim rabbi would look like when she arrived at Beth Shalom last summer for a one-year stint to help the Conservative congregation throug...
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The Squirrel Hill Redemption: A poet and prisoner bond over shared humanity, whitefish
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Najmuddeen Salaam has met Rabbi David Lazar twice: once in prison and the other time in Lazar’s Squirrel Hill home.   During 18 years of incarceration in various Ohio penitentiaries, Salaam read La...
Holocaust fallout, poor economy has decimated Greek Jewish culture
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Tsipy Gur, executive director and founder of Classrooms Without Borders, a nonprofit provider of “experiential, extended term professional development for teachers in the metropolitan Pittsburgh re...
Interfaith service stands strong in solidarity with Charleston
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary hosted an interfaith memorial service on June 23 for the Charleston shooting victims, or “The Charleston Nine” as they have come to be known. The event was organ...
Jewish advocates react as SCOTUS makes gay marriage law of the land
by Toby Tabachnick and Suzanne Pollak
Jul 01, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling announced Friday morning, approved same-sex marriage for residents in all 50 states. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion. “No union is more pr...
Pennsylvania’s anti-BDS resolution sends message to Israel: ‘We support you’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
The Pennsylvania General Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. House Resolution 370, authored by Rep. Matthew...
Aging wisely takes practice: a guide for mindful living
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Death of a loved one, retirement or children simply aging and moving out prompt newfound acquisitions of time. With freedom from prior responsibilities comes myriad opportunities and often introspe...
Thanks to writer Etgar Keret, the ‘feuilleton’ is alive and well in Israel
by Alan Elsner, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Before writing his seminal book “Der Judenstaat,” the father of the modern Zionist movement, Theodore Herzl, was a writer of a literary form known as the “feuilleton.” These were short articles or ...
BRCA gene mutations affect young Jewish women of Pittsburgh
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 24, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Faygie Sacks knew there was breast cancer on her mother’s side of the family and that three women had died from ovarian cancer on her father’s side, including her grandmother. So, at age 38, the Pi...
‘Courting’ Jewish women, basketball is right on the mark
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
By Masha Shollar Special to The Chronicle  At first glance, this looks like any other pickup basketball game: It started with a few practice throws, a brief discussion about the fairness of the tea...
Metro Briefs June 25
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh is now participating in a summer food service program in Squirrel Hill and Monroeville, Monday through Friday until Aug. 14, excluding July 3. Kosh...