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Metro Briefs February 11
Repair the World, Green Building Alliance and p4 Pittsburgh will host an evening of inspirational stories about creating a sustainable, vibrant, healthy and just region as part of the Inspire Speak...
Feb 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Comedian Reiser still ‘mad’ about the girl from Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh in the early 1980s had about as much in common with Hollywood as Kansas had with Oz, but the Steel City nonetheless had a profound effect on the life of Paul Reiser, a budding young come...
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Concordia’s Jewish community continues to thrive
There is a large cross on the sign at the driveway on Bower Hill Road leading to Concordia of the South Hills, a senior retirement community in Mt. Lebanon. The cross is part of the logo of Concord...
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Chili cook-off at Shaare Torah brings the heat
In Texas, chili has no beans. In Pittsburgh, chili has all heart. On Thursday, Feb. 4, 10 cooks — equipped with carrots, coriander, cumin and even chicken — crammed the kitchen at Shaare Torah for ...
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Turkey, Israel take center stage at Pitt
Turkey and Israel have nothing to do with Thanksgiving in Jerusalem. They also have nothing to do with foreign policy, said Marcy Brink-Danan. “When people hear the words ‘Turkey’ and ‘Israel,’ the...
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Mark Frank, Naim Obeid and a shared vision for Akko’s future
Pittsburgh may have the seeds for Arab-Israeli coexistence in Akko. At least, Mark Frank and Naim Obeid believe so. Frank and Obeid traveled to Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) on Pittsburgh’s ...
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First annual Thank-A-Thon connects residents, donors
Pittsburgh’s golden girls would like to thank you for being a friend. Doris Kennedy, Margit Diamond, Dorothy Schorin, Inge Katzenstein, Ruth Ganz, Jean Gershon, Flo Wise and Sylvia Bober — all resi...
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Metro Briefs February 4
Dr. Nathan Bahary , associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and medical director of the Pancreatic Cancer Program at the Hillman Cancer Center, will speak at Congrega...
Feb 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Federation’s one-day mega phone-a-thon was ‘Super’
Despite unseasonal spring-like weather, droves of community volunteers willingly spent last Sunday indoors making telephone calls and raising $232,000, including $25,000 in matching funds, from 419...
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‘As a Driven Leaf’ is a powerful look at politics, religion, philosophy in ancient times
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
Questions of faith versus reason, religion versus paganism and strict adherence to ritual versus assimilation are all central themes in Milton Steinberg’s 1939 novel, “As a Driven Leaf.” It is curi...
A classic Yiddish operetta gets revived for a new generation
by Curt Schleier, JTA
Dec 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — “For a German Jew, Yiddish is beneath contempt,” musicologist Michael Ochs said. “German Jews tend to think of Yiddish as bad German. The only use we had in our family for it was to make...
Metro Briefs December 17
Dec 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Community Center Family Snow Ball will be held on Thursday, Dec. 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Levinson Hall. The event is for families with children ages 10 and under. This is the JCC’s s...
Shapira joins local leaders in deploring state budget impasse
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Cindy Shapira, chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, joined local business, religious and nonprofit leaders in the Strip District last Friday for a press event to denounce the nearl...
ReJews: Environmental action aimed at helping community
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Recycling and environmental action should be a bigger part of the Jewish communal world, according to University of Pittsburgh alumnus Henry Goodelman. And with his recent launch of ReJews, a nonpr...
Mitzvah Day 2015: A program growing by the day
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Mitzvah Day, or rather Mitzvah Days, is approaching. The annual event, which encourages members of the Jewish community to volunteer on Dec. 25, has grown.  This year, the number of participants, v...
‘It was grand’: Rabbi Jacob on German chancellor’s Geiger Award
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Dr. Walter Jacob, rabbi emeritus and senior scholar of Rodef Shalom Congregation, traveled to Berlin to present Dr. Angela Merkel, chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, with the 2015...




Shalom Pittsburgh gives young adult Jews a chance to hang out, socialize
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
In contradistinction to its past event, Shalom Pittsburgh hosted a quiet evening for socializing. Roughly one week after its raucous Vodka Latke, held at the Altar Bar in the Strip District, Shalom...
Virtual Senior Center brings social independence, ‘community of friendship’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Doris Shankman is 91 years old and still living on her own in an apartment in New York. But because she uses a walker, getting out to cultural events and classes is difficult. Shankman was feeling ...
Reaching out to help a faraway village rebuild
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
A village in Nepal, devastated by last April’s earthquake, is being rebuilt, thanks in part to the fundraising efforts of Pomegranate Catering, a catering service under the kosher supervision of Co...