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New PTS head supports divestment, but has ‘open mind’
The incoming president of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a proponent of divestment from Israel, but what effect his views will have on future clergy who attend the graduate theological scho...
Apr 30, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Newcomer Kaplan seeks to unseat incumbent O’Connor
On May 19, residents of Pittsburgh’s District 5 will select between political newcomer Kimberly Kaplan, 24, of Squirrel Hill and incumbent Corey O’Connor, 30, of Swisshelm Park in the Democratic pr...
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israelis, Pittsburghers to unite in upcoming marathon

After an overseas flight, what better way to relax than run 26.2 miles in a hilly foreign city? On May 3, 10 Israeli runners from Karmiel and the Misgav region will be doing just that. The group, a...
Apr 29, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Shout it from the rooftops’: Yom Ha’atzmaut is time to celebrate
Pittsburghers were offered both a taste of Israeli culture and a robust sense of community last week as they joined together at two separate Yom Ha’atzmaut events in grand celebration of the 67th a...
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Despite anti-Semitism’s nationwide increase, proactive Pittsburgh stays calm
Only eight instances of anti-Semitism in Pittsburgh were reported to monitoring agencies in 2014, which is relatively good news for the local Jewish community in light of last month’s Anti-Defamati...
Apr 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local community steps up to help Nepal earthquake victims
The Pittsburgh Jewish community is answering the call to help those suffering in Nepal following the massive earthquake that shook the country on Saturday, leaving over 4,000 people dead. By Sunday...
Apr 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pittsburgh, Israeli students win awards in Holocaust-themed competition
Every year students from Pittsburgh area middle schools and high schools (public, private, parochial, charter and home school) as well as high school students from Pittsburgh’s Israeli sister citie...
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs April 23
Living & Learning , a service of Squirrel Hill Psychological Services, will hold a program on “Finding Your Way as an Interfaith Family” on Sunday, April 26 from 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Temple D...
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Imagination, self-expression color Adat Shalom’s Preschool art show
Last Thursday, the preschool at Adat Shalom was transformed into an art gallery.  Almost 250 attendees gathered at the Cheswick synagogue for the preschool’s annual dinner and art show. The entire ...
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Metro Briefs March 12
Mar 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
Living & Learning, a service of Squirrel Hill Psychological Services, will begin a four-week Memory Training Program for older adults over age 60 in the conference room at Temple David in Monroevil...
Pittsburgh’s patron leaves behind legacy of giving
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Mar 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
Ira Gordon, Pittsburgh’s dedicated patron and celebrated philanthropist, passed away March 2 of complications from surgery. He was 92. For nearly nine decades, Gordon observed life with particular ...
In Jewish community, genetic screenings can be a matter of life and death
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
More than 25 percent of Ashkenazi Jews in Pittsburgh are carriers of a genetic mutation for at least one of 19 recessive genetic diseases prevalent among Jews of Eastern European descent. That was ...
For many students, in-depth Israeli experience is the way to go
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
Danielle Peckman loved being a tourist on a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip in December 2012 — her first visit to the Jewish state — but she knew upon her return to Pittsburgh that she wanted somethi...
Unified message in Washington presses Israel’s case
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
As one who constantly pores over news of Israel and keeps abreast of nuances and changes in Middle East politics, Lou Weiss found himself among good company at the American Israel Public Affairs Co...
Jews receive a mixed welcome at ‘Downton Abbey’
by Michael Fox, Special to the Chronicle
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish characters have finally joined the impeccably attired throng at “Downton Abbey,” and it’s not an altogether happy day. While Lord and Lady Grantham welcome the new arrivals with exquisite ma...
Revisiting the past in Cartagena, Colombia
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
Stop a random person on the streets of Pittsburgh for a little word-association game and Cartagena may invoke res-ponses along the lines of “drugs and crime” or perhaps the name of the mid-1980s fi...
Soviet immigration fuels ‘engaging frolic’ through lives of imagination
by Neal Gendler
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
In the charming novel, “A Replace-ment Life” by Boris Fishman, newly out in trade paperback, would-be writer Slava Gelman, stuck in a low- level, clerk-like job at a prestigious magazine, stumbles ...
In Salt Lake City, a Reuben worshipper builds his temple
by Anthony Weiss, JTA
Mar 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
SALT LAKE CITY — Going back to his very first bite of a Reuben more than 50 years ago, Randy Harmsen has always loved deli food. So when he decided to open his own restaurant, the Salt Lake City na...
Metro Briefs March 5
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Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Congregation will hold an Open House on Sunday, March 8 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 5898 Shady Ave. Families with young children are invited to visit and experience one or bo...