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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 | 4 4 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 ...
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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 | 3 3 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 ...
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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...
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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, ...
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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 | 3 3 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...
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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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Meeting on planned Hillel Academy changes gets earful from both sides
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Sep 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Councilman Corey O’Connor moderated a contentious communal meeting at the JCC in Squirrel Hill last week, fielding questions over proposed changes to Hillel Academy’s campus. Specifically, efforts ...
Working to keep Sotloff’s ‘secret’ was a friend’s call to duty, devotion
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
It was just three days prior to the date his wife was expecting to deliver their second child — Aug. 20 — when Gregg Roman saw a news video depicting a member of the Islamic State beheading journal...
‘Art of Aging’ paints important picture of keeping seniors connected to the community
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Sep 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
If a picture tells a thousand words, then the paintings offered at the Jewish Association on Aging’s Sept. 15 event at the Heinz History Center tell millions of words. “We provide approximately $3 ...
From Europe to China: Shanghai’s remarkable place in Jewish refugee history
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
In the mid-1930s, as Jews were becoming more and more persecuted in Germany and Austria, thousands sought refuge in Shanghai. Because no entry visas were required to enter the Chinese city — it alr...
Metro Briefs September 25
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Zohar, the new Young Women’s group at Hadassah Greater Pittsburgh, will get together to view current trends in high fashion jewelry with a John Hardy Trunk Show on Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 6 p.m. to ...
Mezuzah ceremony highlights opening of Solomon and Sarah Goldberg House
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Sep 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish Residential Services took the occasion of its annual meeting to officially open the Solomon and Sarah Goldberg House with a mezuzah ceremony attended by local Jewish leaders. Located at 1428...
More contributions, more donors highlight Jewish Federation’s annual campaign
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Sep 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh successfully met its 2014 annual campaign goal, it was announced last week, posting $13.5 million in donations. The figure marked the Federation’s highes...
Jewish Federation hails volunteers, celebrates community’s generosity and dedication
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Sep 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Featuring videos highlighting a year of accomplishments and the dedication of volunteers and lay leaders, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh welcomed hundreds of guests to the JCC in Squir...
Spirits rise at mass bread baking
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Sep 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The social hall at Congregation Beth Shalom was transformed into a public bakery September 25, as the eight centers affiliated with Chabad of Western Pennsylvania hosted a challah baking workshop a...
Metro Briefs September 18
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Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha has announced a new Toddler & Me Program for newborns to 3 years old. Children will participate with their parents, grandparents or another adult family member.   The first...