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For a Canadian grandmother he never knew, area man delivers with long overdue recognition
By Bee Schindler Chronicle Correspondent As the nominator for a prestigious honor in Quebec, Franklin Toker is a star grandchild. His grandmother, Berthe Herzberg Serchuk, however, is the real star...
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rachel takes center stage as Pittsburgh’s Jewish women celebrate in her honor
A beautiful woman meets the man she believes she is destined for, but the night before their wedding she chooses to give him up rather than humiliate her sister. Ultimately, they marry, but she is ...
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Friendship Circle ties Squirrel Hill’s past with a ‘celebration of connections to come’
The transformation of the former Gullifty’s restaurant into a multimillion-dollar home for the Friendship Circle has become an archaeological dig of sorts, revealing a mini-history of Squirrel Hill...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hour of Discovery gives Jewish public school children lessons in heritage, tradition
Yulia and Igor Tsvetkov are not particularly religious, but it is important to them that their children, 7 and 9, learn about Jewish culture and practice. That’s why every Thursday at 2 p.m. their ...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Israel needs us’ is the call from Reform scholar Rabbi Yoffie
From a podium in Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom Congregation, Rabbi Eric Yoffie discussed religious life in Israel. For Yoffie, president emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism, the topic is quite fam...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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The plight of Israel’s struggling Arab minority comes to Pittsburgh
While there is no question that there remains a disparity between the status of Jewish Israelis and Arab Israelis, the government of Israel, together with the help of some North American partners, ...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs November 13
Tony Norman , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist, will be leading the Herzog Breakfast discussion on “The Future of Newspapers in the Digital Age,” on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Aaron Court o...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Need for ‘strong community’ makes South Hills Engagement Initiative a reality
A $2 million initiative to increase a sense of community and foster outreach among Jews in the South Hills launched last week with the first meeting of the newly formed South Hills Community Counci...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pittsburgh listens as GA addresses worldwide challenges facing Jews
More than 3,000 Jewish leaders from all over the globe gathered near Washington, D.C., this week for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. The three-day event, which ran from ...
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Jews tackle end-of-life issues through book, JHF program
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Jan 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Most people have no say in when they die. But almost everyone has a say in how they die. The key, as difficult as it may be, is planning ahead. “I’ve worked with some amazing people that have confr...
Catholic Holocaust center aspires for dialogue with Jews
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Jan 18, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
GREENSBURG — “What is the role of good people in difficult times?” The words are collaged and encrypted and printed outright across eight antique typewriters on display at the National Catholic Cen...
Who is—the latest Jewish trivia whiz?
by Ken Mandel
JointMedia News Service
Jan 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Answer: Jason Keller. The man who won $213,900 over the course of nine episodes on Jeopardy!, the classic quiz show, now envisions traveling to Israel for competitive Scrabble. While many Jews who ...
Chronicle adds bloggers
Jan 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Chronicle recently added three new bloggers to its blogosphere at thejewishchronicle.net. Danny Brodie, a Pittsburgh native living in Tel Aviv, is writing the blog “Middle East Conflicts...
Israeli art legacy
by Susie Davidson
JNS
Jan 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
About 10 times per year, Menachem Safrai helps pack some 120 crates with watercolors, serigraphs, woodcuts, oils, prints, tapestry, sculpture and other art forms, as well as many large white pegboa...
Retro News
Jan 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor’s Note: Retro News is a new column that will appear every week this year as part of the celebration of the Chronicle’s 50th anniversary. Each week, Retro News will look at a past issue of t...
Synagogue blog hacked by shady Muslim group is back online
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Jan 13, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Richard D’Loss is curious about the so-called Muslim group from Kosovo that hacked into the blog of his tiny synagogue, Ahavath Achim in Carnegie, over the holidays. But he’s not losing sleep over ...
Jewish group hopes to help impoverished country
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Jan 13, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
For a long time, Marian Allen, a nurse, wanted to travel to Haiti to volunteer to help those without access to basic health care. Following that country’s devastating earthquake in 2010, she got se...
‘Dovekeepers’ a tale of Masada as grim death approaches
by Hilary Daninhirsch
Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
One hallmark of a good writer is finding a new way to tell an old story. Fans of Alice Hoffman will be surprised, and yet pleased, to discover “The Dovekeepers,” a fresh version of the story of Mas...
Giant Eagle, others, unveil matching grant for federation’s annual campaign
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Jan 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
In an effort to attract new contributors and bolster existing ones, the Giant Eagle Foundation and a group of private philanthropists have offered a $100,000 matching grant challenge to the Jewish ...