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7th-grader’s act of kindness for a friend gains worldwide audience
Like most children celebrating a bar or bat mitzvah, Jesse Kaufman of Monroeville undertook a mitzvah project: After his bar mitzvah last August at the Chabad Jewish Center, he donated every cent o...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Eyewitness to history: The letters of Tmima Bar Ilan
Some people read about history, other people live it. Tmima Bar Ilan, nonagenarian mother of popular local Hebrew teacher Naama Lazar, was one of the latter. She experienced some of the most tumult...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gospel singers come to New Light for ‘awesome’ MLK celebration
On one side of New Light Congregation’s pulpit sits an American flag, on the other an Israeli one. For one night, flanked between those flags, stood gospel-singing church members. “I am really exci...
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Pittsburgher joins national cohort to Israel
Dan Friedman entered the movie theater. Before the film began, he received an instruction:  “If the siren blares, you have 15 seconds to enter the bomb shelter.” The film started. The siren never s...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Here’s one high-flying nonprofit that’s definitely gone to the dogs
Up above the clouds in a small airline carrier, a voice breaks up the sounds from the engine. “Animal rescue team flight No. 920,” an air traffic controller announced over a two-way radio. Another ...
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FIDF makes heartfelt pitch to gather support in Pittsburgh
Seeking to expand its reach to the Steel City, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) brought its message of aiding Israeli soldiers and veterans to a 30-strong group in Squirrel Hill last wee...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Foreign author shares familiar tales of daring and reflection
In a decorated home nestled between Squirrel Hill and Oakland, 20 people gathered to hear Howard Goldenberg, an Australian doctor, author and marathoner, share familial anecdotes alongside excerpts...
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Holocaust Center director resigns, takes animal welfare position
Joy Braunstein is pursuing greener pastures. Within days, Braunstein will officially resign as director of the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and become executive d...
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs January 15
Ronna Harris Askin is the new executive director of the Jewish Assistance Fund. She replaces retiring executive director Ellen Primis, who shaped the organization as its first executive director. P...
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State grant provides security boost to Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Last week’s brutal massacre in the Jerusalem suburb of Har Nof, as well as a recent spate of school shootings across the United States, has left the leaders of many Jewish and secular institutions ...
AgeWell means just that, when vulnerable seniors lose some of their independence
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
The phone lines of AgeWell Pittsburgh become very busy this time of year, according to Maxine Horn, whose job it is to answer those calls. Adult children who come home to spend Thanksgiving with th...
Open dialogue wins the day at CoExistence Kitchen
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
The concept of coexistence was put into practice last Thursday at the University of Pittsburgh when two protestors from Students for Justice in Palestine were able to come to an understanding with ...
Israel Heritage Classroom Committee gets an up-close look at the ‘living organ’ that is Jerusalem
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Just days after the attack on a synagogue in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof reiterated the city’s status as ground zero of some of the fiercest violence between Palestinians and Israelis, an...
Predictable ‘Book of Jonah’ brings forth both the Bible and Hollywood
by Neal Gendler
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
The swift, improbable conclusion of “The Book of Jonah” reminds me of my mother’s reactions to many Hollywood endings: “only in the movies.” As the title suggests, Joshua Max Feldman’s novel is pat...
Metro Briefs November 20
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Association on Aging is launching a survey to examine the critical needs of aging adults in the community, now and into the future. According to the U.S. Census, for the first time in hi...
For a Canadian grandmother he never knew, area man delivers with long overdue recognition
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Rachel takes center stage as Pittsburgh’s Jewish women celebrate in her honor
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
Friendship Circle ties Squirrel Hill’s past with a ‘celebration of connections to come’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Hour of Discovery gives Jewish public school children lessons in heritage, tradition
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...