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Federation hires its first director of Jewish Community Security
Tragically, it seems that almost weekly there are reports of random shootings and attacks across the United States. In 2014, a shooting at the Jewish Community Center near Kansas City left three de...
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JAA to open new memory care facility
Before donning hardhats and hoisting shovels — requisite tools for a groundbreaking photo — representatives of the Jewish Association on Aging explained the groundbreaking nature of their new insti...
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Task force examining future needs of Jewish Pittsburgh’s cemeteries
While the majority of the estimated 135 Jewish cemeteries in Western Pennsylvania continue to be well maintained, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has convened a task force to ensure tha...
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Local community sends relief following Israeli fires
From afar, members of the Pittsburgh Jewish community worked with Israeli firefighters to counter flames that ravaged towns throughout Israel late last month. Thanks to an emergency campaign admini...
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Curtain closes on Pittsburgh’s queen of comedy
As the curtain closed on 96-year-old Esther Lapiduss’ final act, Pittsburgh’s “queen of comedy” delivered a final punchline. While in and out of consciousness on her southern Californian deathbed, ...
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Metro Briefs December 9
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Relations Council (CRC) announced that it has hired Laura Cherner for a newly created position of assistant director. Cherner previously work...
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Brandeis researchers here to gather information for new community study
The team of three Brandeis University researchers that will be conducting a new Pittsburgh Jewish community study were in town last week to gather information and get buy-in from stakeholders. Abou...
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Women build bridges across faiths through storytelling
One woman shared a Cuban family recipe for fish baked in a banana leaf, while another told of her struggles with her parents in her journey to become a Muslim. Another revealed her feelings of bein...
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Israel trip brings local rabbis closer
For five days last month Israel increased its rabbinical supply. Six spiritual leaders from Western Pennsylvania joined three others from elsewhere in America and ventured east to participate in Ra...
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Metro Briefs October 28
Oct 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
The Western Pennsylvania Auxiliary for Exceptional People will hold a luncheon for adults with special needs and the volunteers who help them on Monday, Oct. 31 at noon at Congregation Beth Shalom....
Beth Shalom rolls out plan for future growth
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
While many other Conservative congregations around the country are losing members, or even shutting down, Congregation Beth Shalom, which celebrates its centennial anniversary this year, has been b...
Local coat drive aims to literally warm hearts
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Oct 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
While recent warmth has some hopeful that winter may never come, others are anticipating the snowy season’s arrival. Over the past few months, Janice Bahary, Maureen Kelly Busis and a group of volu...
Musallam had pulled out of 2014 show with Israelis
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
A Palestinian artist who pulled out of a local joint multimedia project with Israeli and American artists in 2014 is now featured in a new Mattress Factory exhibit which runs through 2017. Mohammed...
Campaign brings students and mayor together
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Oct 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
Area children are hoping that their voices carry weight in the upcoming Nov. 8 election. While joining Mayor William Peduto in an online message, 11 students from the Pittsburgh Public Schools part...
Dutch survivor’s diary called an Anne Frank story with a ‘happy’ ending
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Oct 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
AMSTERDAM — A Holocaust survivor dubbed “Rotterdam’s Anne Frank” in her native Netherlands published her wartime diary, which she wrote while hiding in the bombed-out city. “At Night I Dream of Pea...
Potent potables pump up the parshah
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
Remember that Pew study a couple years back that showed that Jewish millennials were eschewing religious activity in droves? Well, a group of 20-somethings and 30-somethings on the South Side of Ch...
Metro Briefs October 21
Oct 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
In celebration of Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial, StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, has partnered with 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR station, and the Sena...
Alternative services seek broader communities
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Oct 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
For Jews in Pittsburgh tradition is being bridged in seemingly new ways. Throughout the High Holiday season, many individuals and families are turning to alternative services or experiential opport...
Holocaust play, ‘Letters to Sala,’ to reach thousands of area students
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
As a child and young adult, Ann Kirschner knew almost nothing of her mother’s background — only that she was born in Poland, and that she was a Holocaust survivor. For 50 years, her mother, Sala Ga...