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Metro Briefs May 21
Beth Kissileff will speak following Shavuot morning services on Sunday, May 24 at Young Peoples Synagogue/ Bohnai Yisrael, at 6404 Forbes Ave., at the corner of Denniston. Kissileff’s talk is entit...
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‘Pitboss’ brings kosher Texas-style BBQ to Pittsburgh
The season of road tripping has begun. Some are traveling with friends, others are visiting family. Ari White came to Pittsburgh with 160 pounds of meat. White drove the nearly 400 miles between Ne...
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Clergy’s trip to Israel brings renewed focus on hope
The Rev. Liddy Barlow had never before visited Israel, but what she witnessed and learned while traveling the land with Rabbi Jamie Gibson — and a cohort of 13 other interfaith pairs from across th...
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Jewishness has helped this story-telling cop be a better officer
If a police car stops beside you while you are strolling in Squirrel Hill on a Saturday, and the officer inside rolls down his window and calls you over, don’t be alarmed. It just might be Officer ...
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‘Jewish Pittsburgh’ is a stirring photo trip down memory lane
“Images of America: Jewish Pittsburgh” is a black-and-white photographic odyssey of the history of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community and its vast contribution to today’s culture, services and instituti...
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Israeli students show off scientific prowess
Five budding teenage Israeli scientists were in Pittsburgh last week representing the Jewish state at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held at the David L. Lawrence Convention ...
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Tough new BDS bill will seek consequences for colleges, universities
Colleges and universities in Pennsylvania that opt to boycott or divest from Israel will be barred from receiving any state funds if a new bill introduced last week in the state House of Representa...
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Four-alarm fire changes the face of Squirrel Hill gateway
The landscape of Squirrel Hill was drastically altered last week when a four-alarm fire engulfed the vacant building on the corner of Murray and Forward avenues next to the now-closed Poli Restaura...
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Metro Briefs May 14
The Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and four eastern suburb synagogues have partnered to provide a crash course in understanding the Arab-Israeli conflict...
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Iran agreement met with mix of jeers, doubt from most Jewish groups
by Dmitriy Shapiro
Apr 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
Israeli politicians and American Jewish organizations were nearly unanimous this week in voicing concern and skepticism about the framework nuclear agreement reached between a U.S.-led coalition of...
Boundless commitment keeps Pittsburgh’s eruv boundary in check
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Shimon Silver knows he is annoying the motorists that trail him as he drives below the speed limit on Forbes Avenue near the Carnegie Mellon University soccer field. “That’s just too bad,” he...
The story of Jewish terrorism in its ‘war of national liberation’
by Neal Gendler
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
After reading Bruce Hoffman’s history of how Jewish terrorism drove Britain from its Palestine Mandate, it’s interesting to consider whether freer Jewish immigration might have prevented or lessene...
Some of Lincoln’s best friends were Jews
by Beth Kissileff, JTA
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
A whopping 16,000 books have been written about President Abraham Lincoln. But a new book and an exhibit at the New York Historical Society tell a previously untold story about Lincoln: his relatio...
Lower East Side candy king holds firm against changing neighborhood
by Debra Nussbaum Cohen, JTA
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Walking into Economy Candy on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, it’s hard to know where to look first. To the foil-clad chocolate rabbits standing sentinel atop sacks of chocolate eggs? The s...
Metro Briefs April 2
Apr 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
The South Hills Genealogy Day and Pancake Festival will be held on Sunday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Beth El Congregation, 1900 Cochran Road. The day will include free genealogy programming...
As Fox Chapel grows, ‘Shternie’s school’ at Chabad is the perfect fit
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent influx of young Jewish families in Fox Chapel has created both an appreciable need and an exciting opportunity, said Shternie Rosenfeld, co-director of Chabad Fox Chapel. The need, she sai...
A few minutes of care can prevent a lifetime of regret
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Apr 01, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
The tragedy of seven children dying in a fire in Brooklyn, N.Y., last week has drawn attention to some Jewish practices in observing Shabbat and holidays. Rabbinical and community leaders in Pitts-...
Sally Levin, matriarch of Levin Furniture, provided comfort to those in need
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Apr 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
Sally Levin, a woman whose generosity imparted comfort much like the furniture she sold, lost her battle with colon cancer on Saturday, March 7. She was 88. For years, Levin worked alongside her hu...
Israeli cutting-edge medical startups wow Pittsburgh business, medical communities
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Apr 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
What Jewish teen hasn’t said to himself or herself, “I want to find a cure for cancer,” or, “I want to invent something that will help people,” or simply, “I want to make the world a better place.”...