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At 92, Malka Markovic floats ideas of life after mikvah
There is history and memory in the seemingly everyday artifacts of the mikvah. There are dated note pads, decades old kosher-for-Passover pots and a rotary dial phone dating to the 1950s. While box...
Aug 17, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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AG candidate outlines platform to downtown lawyers
Josh Shapiro has been wearing a red string around his right wrist for months, and he is not about to take it off now. The string was a gift from Shapiro’s daughter, a keepsake she picked up for her...
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Chai Mitzvah initiative to infuse ‘life’ into local learning
Adults searching for new avenues of Jewish learning, spirituality and community may find what they seek beginning next month when seven area congregations join together to participate in Chai Mitzv...
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Squirrel Hill dentist enjoys retirement … in prison
Since retiring, Dr. Alex Sax has seen a lot of bars. No longer in private practice, Sax spends his days seated beside DUI delinquents, alimony offenders, sexual predators and even murderers. The ir...
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Third-party, write-in candidates suddenly have a presidential appeal
Faced with this year’s Republican and Democratic presidential nominees — commonly described as a loud-mouthed tycoon and reality show celebrity with a penchant for insulting women and minorities, a...
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Children’s books personalize young patients’ conditions
By day, Debra Rotenstein is a pediatric endocrinologist, but when the sun goes down, she is a children’s book author. Last month, her third book was published by Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, a helpful...
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Eighteen, a kosher wine bar and cafe, opens its doors
Eighteen is the newest chapter in Pittsburgh’s short book of kosher eateries. Located adjacent to Pinsker’s Judaica Center at 2028 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill, Eighteen seeks to provide a “new dai...
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Beth El's former preschool director honored
Georgia Hernandez, chair of the Allegheny County Children, Youth and Families Advisory Board since 2003, will be honored by County Council on Tuesday, Aug. 23 for her 43 years of service to the cou...
Aug 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Writer tells government to get out of kids’ lives
A state-licensed day care facility’s refusal to swaddle her infant son was the last straw for Abby Schachter. It was 2013, and Schachter, a Pittsburgh-based libertarian columnist and Jewish comment...
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John M. Wolf, Sr. was a major benefactor of JCC, camps for half a century
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Jan 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
John M. Wolf, Sr., a generous Pittsburgh philanthropist who was involved in virtually every red-letter development of the Jewish Community Center and its camp program since the 1960s, died Monday, ...
World War II memorial has Jewish influence
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jan 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh’s new World War II Memorial, which was dedicated last month at its site on North Shore Drive, and has Jewish influence from inception to design to content, almost didn’t happen. Thirteen...
Meet the Jewish matchmaker-in-chief
by Beth Kissileff/JNS.org
Jan 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
Tova Weinberg will do anything to make a match—even adopt a dog. In an interview from her home in Pittsburgh Weinberg, the matchmaker who co-founded the Jewish dating website SawYouAtSinai.com (SYA...
Cold Stone goes kosher in Squirrel Hill
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
Cold Stone Creamery, an ice cream shop at the corner of Forbes and Murray avenues in Squirrel Hill, has been certified kosher by the Vaad Harabanim of Pittsburgh. Members of the Vaad’s kashrut comm...
Our Top 10 local stories of 2013
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Chuck Diamond’s recent announcement that he would begin officiating at interfaith weddings led to considerable debate. It’s wasn’t that Diamond, spiritual leader of Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha C...
New mikveh groundbreaking slated for February at ZOA site
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
After years of planning and fundraising, a February groundbreaking is anticipated for the new community women’s mikveh in Squirrel Hill, with completion projected in about a year. “We are really ex...
Girls camp for children who lost parents to open at EKC
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
Sandi Lando Welch is one of those people whose life was shaped, in large part, by her summers at sleep-away camp. Welch, a Pittsburgh native, spent 10 years at Camp Tapawingo in Sweden, Maine, firs...
Hundreds volunteer for Mitzvah Day projects
by Erik Rosen, For the Chronicle
Dec 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
Every Christmas Day, Pittsburgh’s Jewish community turns out in force to give help to those in need.  Now in its 13th year, Mitzvah Day is a stark reminder that the needs of the less fortunate are ...
Inclusion of Jews with disabilities is focus of inaugural leadership conference
by Simone Ellin, JNS.org
Dec 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
Weekly services, Torah studies, aliyot to the Torah, sitting shiva, and even trips to Israel. These are experiences shared by many Jewish Americans affiliated with synagogues and Jewish communal or...
Sidney gave his hometown a try, and hasn’t looked back
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
OK, full disclosure here. I have known Sidney since he was 3, and one of my daughter’s favorite playmates. But here’s the thing: If someone had told me then that just 19 years later Sidney would be...