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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 | 1 1 comments | 10 10 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 | 8 8 comments | 15 15 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 | 12 12 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 | 15 15 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 | 14 14 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 | 26 26 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...
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Birthright a soul-stirring experience for local youth leader
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 182 182 recommendations | email to a friend
Judaism had never played a large role in Mike Feinberg’s life, but after finishing his master’s degree in employment and labor relations, he started doing some soul-searching. He had always loved t...
Metro Briefs January 8
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 207 207 recommendations | email to a friend
Temple Emanuel of South Hills has hired Leslie Hoffman as its new executive director. Hoffman fills the position formerly held by Saralouise Reis, who passed away in August. Interim executive direc...
‘Herzl’s Vision’ opened Zionists’ eyes to the reality of a Jewish state
by Neal Gendler
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 275 275 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s common knowledge that the trial of French Capt. Alfred Dreyfus led Viennese journalist Theodor Herzl to propose the idea of a Jewish nation. It’s also wrong, says Shlomo Avineri. In “Herzl’s V...
Combining art and community is this AJM curator’s masterpiece
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 196 196 recommendations | email to a friend
Art can inspire and challenge. It can serve as storyteller and historian. It can exist simply to make the world more beautiful. But for Melissa Hiller, director of the American Jewish Museum, art h...
‘Mr. Greensburg’ leaves a legacy of communal betterment
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 195 195 recommendations | email to a friend
Robert “Bob” Davis moved from Greensburg to Pittsburgh four years ago, but despite Squirrel Hill’s abundance of synagogues, he refused to join any. Instead, the nonagenerian frequently returned to ...
Composting in Braddock brings life amid decay
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 188 188 recommendations | email to a friend
Smoke rises from a wasteland as the sound of pitchforks hits the earth. Piles of decay are turned, stoked and fed. The crisp winter air chills those gathered as a long stemmed thermometer inserted ...
Good deeds done well
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 190 190 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation Volunteer Center’s 14th annual Mitzvah Day provided services around the community on Dec. 25.
Teamwork, tradition drive the on- and off-court success of JCC’s varsity basketball team
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 191 191 recommendations | email to a friend
A dozen young men lace up their high-top sneakers week after week during the winter season to take part in the local legend that is the Pittsburgh JCC varsity basketball team. Eli Roth, Yoni Eglash...
Metro Briefs January 1
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 196 196 recommendations | email to a friend
Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha is hosting a Havdalah Pajama Party and Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for toddlers through fourth-graders and their families, with age-appropriate acti...
‘The Visible’ and the invisible: The world of Tova Mirvis
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 182 182 recommendations | email to a friend
By Simone Shapiro Chronicle Correspondent Bestselling author Tova Mirvis is making her first visit to Pittsburgh Jan. 7 as the featured speaker for the Rodef Shalom Congregation Sisterhood’s Solomo...