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Longtime Leader Leaving Pittsburgh Kollel
After 16 years at the helm of the Kollel Jewish Learning Center, Rabbi Aaron Kagan has announced his resignation. Effective this summer, Kagan will leave the institution his late father, Rabbi Shau...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs April 17
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh invites Pittsburghers to celebrate Israel Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, on Tuesday, May 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Israel Fest, or iFest, at th...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Restroom petition is valuable lesson for Hillel Academy second-graders
When students from Hillel Academy’s second grade wanted a restroom installed at one of their favorite parks, they traveled downtown. “It started with a story in their reader, and then we came acros...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Christianity as Judaism? For Jewish Federation’s Roman, it’s ‘spiritual deception’
Flyers distributed around Squirrel Hill advertising “Passover Worship” led by “Messianic rabbis” are the latest effort by a Christian evangelical organization to proselytize to Pittsburgh’s Jewish ...
Apr 22, 2014 | 8 8 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diller Teens come to town, use unique experience to bond
Shahak Avshalom admitted that he did not know that much about Pittsburgh. “I knew about the steel industry and the sports teams,” said the teenager. But the Israeli native learned a lot more about ...
Apr 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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More and more, Modern Orthodox women are becoming synagogue ‘partners’
It is erev Shabbat at Shira Hadasha, an “Orthodox, feminist congregation” in Jerusalem. A traditional mechitza divides the males from the females, who are there in equal numbers. Married women have...
Apr 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Looking at ‘Noah’ through lens of Jewish tradition
Epic films based on the Hebrew Bible have never quite gone away, but this once-popular genre has become very sporadic. Aside from “Prince of Egypt” in 1998 and “One Night with the King” in 2006, it...
Apr 11, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rodef Shalom to welcome refugees at its community Seder
This Passover, Rodef Shalom Congregation will invite guests to its community Seder who have much to share on the subject of freedom: They are refugees from the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and the E...
Apr 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Something to Sing About
Nine talented teens from Pittsburgh’s Jewish community were among a group from across the United States and Israel that participated in the 21st annual Gala Concert of HaZamir: The International Je...
Apr 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hey, ‘Jews and Baseball’ makers; you forgot Barney Dreyfuss!
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Mar 31, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
If you’re Jewish and a baseball fan, “Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story,” which will be screened at the annual JFilm Festival is a must-see picture. If you’re Jewish, a baseball fan and a P...
Federation grant brings Ethiopians to Israel
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Mar 31, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has responded to the call of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by allocating $100,000 to a national Federation effort helping relocate some 8,700...
Spiritual leaders here stress prayer in dealing with Israel crises
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Mar 31, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
As violence in Israel is ratcheted up, Jews in Pittsburgh are using prayer to show solidarity with Israelis and to come to grips with the situation themselves. On Monday, March 21, some 200 worship...
Police, protesters clash near Israeli Embassy in Ethiopia
by JTA
Mar 31, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- Dozens were injured and arrested at a demonstration outside the Israeli Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Some 80 demonstrators claiming Jewish heritage were arrested and about the sam...
Local Jewish teens join national day of youth service
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Mar 30, 2011 | 2 2 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
More than 200 Jewish teenagers from Pittsburgh and surrounding communities will lend a collective helping hand this weekend as they join forces for a day of tikkun olam (repairing the world). Sunda...
'Moosewood Cookbook' legend Mollie Katzen dishes on her Jewish roots
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Mar 30, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
BERKELEY, Calif. – Cookbook maven Mollie Katzen is in her Berkeley kitchen whipping up a little dinner for her daughter, who is home visiting from college. “Steamed artichoke and mashed parsnips,” ...
World Bank tries to right image after controversial ’80s projects
by Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine
Mar 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear EarthTalk: The World Bank is often cast in a bad light by green groups and in the press. What are their eco-crimes, and are there any reforms in the making? — J. Bloch, Newark, N.J. Originally...
Facebook to monitor intifada page, won’t remove it
by JTA
Mar 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- Facebook will monitor a page calling for a third Palestinian uprising against Israel but will not remove it. "Third Palestinian Intifada," established on Facebook less than a month ago...
A few new Passover haggadahs, and a facelift for an old favorite
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Mar 25, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
SAN FRANCISCO -- Nearing its 80th birthday, perhaps it was time the most printed Passover Haggadah in history had a major facelift. The Maxwell House Passover Haggadah, which has had more than 50 m...
A second generation of the Vokols sing out
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Mar 24, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
When University of Pittsburgh freshman Pramod Jacob sang his first song in Hebrew last fall, it was, admittedly, “a little uncomfortable,” he said. “I’m pretty much a devout Christian.” Jacob is on...