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Former Pittsburgher sinks his teeth into Discovery’s Shark Week

Most young children have either a “dinosaur thing” or a “shark thing” at some point in their toddlerhood, said David Shiffman. But while Shiffman remembers going through both phases, he eventually ...
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Denver rabbi joins Temple Sinai
Rabbi Keren Gorban spent much of her childhood struggling to choose between a future career as a doctor or a teacher. “I really loved the idea of healing people and making them feel better, and … I...
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The Squirrel Hill Redemption: A poet and prisoner bond over shared humanity, whitefish
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...
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Holocaust fallout, poor economy has decimated Greek Jewish culture
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...
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Interfaith service stands strong in solidarity with Charleston
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...
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Jewish advocates react as SCOTUS makes gay marriage law of the land
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...
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Pennsylvania’s anti-BDS resolution sends message to Israel: ‘We support you’
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...
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BRCA gene mutations affect young Jewish women of Pittsburgh
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...
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‘Courting’ Jewish women, basketball is right on the mark
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...
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Kaplan panel discussion 10/30 at Rodef Shalom has been cancelled
Oct 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the panel portion of the program on "Civility in Political Discourse" scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30, has been cancelled.  The text study portion of the progr...
Jewish genetic disease screening postponed
Oct 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Due to the impending storm predicted for Tuesday, Oct. 30, and the Philadelphia partners' travel difficulties, the Jewish genetic disease screening to has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 13, at ...
Israeli ecologist speaks at temples; rain garden created at Temple Sinai
by Lee Chottiner and Toby Tabachnick, Chronicle Staff
Oct 29, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Alex Cicelsky wants to create more than just sustainable communities; he wants to create cradle-to-cradle sustainable communities. And he wants to make Israel a center of the sustainability movemen...
NA’AMAT’s Weiner Center in Karmiel expanding
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Oct 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
When NA’AMAT USA National President Elizabeth Raider visited Karmiel this past summer, she liked what she saw. Raider, who together with her husband lived in Pittsburgh’s sister city in the Jewish ...
Jewish painter uses famous artist’s style to express ‘Jewishness’
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Oct 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
It might be fair to describe Deborah Kass as a 21st-century, Jewish feminist Andy Warhol. The artist, who has the chutzpa to substitute her own face for that of Elizabeth Taylor in her Warhol-inspi...
Hoffman to youth: Pound on the doors of leaders, demand Jewish experiences
by Matthew Wein, Chronicle Correspondent
Oct 26, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Alan Hoffmann wants to have a conversation about the future of the Jewish people. And he’s willing to go to great lengths to have it. “One of the reasons I was willing to get on a plane and fly 13 ...
Donsky announces 2014 retirement from Temple Ohav Shalom
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Oct 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Art Donsky, longtime spiritual leader of Temple Ohav Shalom in Allison Park, has announced that he will retire from the congregation by June 30, 2014. While Donsky has no firm plans post-reti...
Nobel Prize winner Alvin Roth has Jewish Pittsburgh ties
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Oct 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Chester Spatt always had a feeling that his friend and colleague, Alvin E. Roth, might someday win a Nobel Prize for his work. That day has finally come. The Nobel Committee announced last week Rot...
Rodef Shalom to host program on campaign civility … or lack thereof
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Oct 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
When it comes to civility in political campaigns, Rabbi Scott Aaron finds the lack of it to be “appalling.” So when Rodef Shalom approached him this year to help develop a new model for its twice-a...
PAJC program cancelled for Nov. 1
Oct 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee's Nov. 1 Christian-Jewish Dialogue is cancelled. The group will host a special topic discussion Thursday, Nov. 8.