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Pittsburgh’s Chabad House on Campus celebrates 28 years of building local relationships
Twenty-eight years after its inception, Chabad House on Campus Pittsburgh welcomed colleagues and friends last week for an evening of celebration. “Tonight is not a showcase of what Chabad House on...
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Despite challenges, converts feel embraced by community
Susan Sofayov, who was not born Jewish, nonetheless always had a “fascination” with Judaism, particularly Jews living in Israel and the idea of Jewish peoplehood. “The more I learned about the reli...
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Shofar blowers blast humorous, telling tales
In the coming days Pittsburgh’s shofar blowers will gather across pews and pulpits, and while some may be plagued by irritated lips, the time for those blessed with hot air is now.   “It’s a joy, t...
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Apples & Honey Festival

Shalom Pittsburgh, a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, held its sixth annual Apples & Honey Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Anderson Playground in Schenley Park. Phot...
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It’s not your bubbie’s brisket
With the approach of the holiday season, the thoughts of Jews around the world turn to the longstanding traditions of their ancestors: repentance, teshuvah and, of course, food. But while the carni...
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He’s just an actor, but Richard Schiff seeks ‘West Wing’ purity
Richard Schiff is well remembered for the role he memorialized on “The West Wing,” White House communications director Toby Ziegler, whose integrity and passion for justice helped television’s Pres...
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Pro-Israel students continue to face challanges on campus
Pro-Israel organizations are anticipating a challenging year on college campuses nationwide as anti-Israel activists continue their effort to delegitimize the Jewish state, albeit through an appare...
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Diplomat has traveled the world, but Pittsburgh holds special place in his heart
Listening to Shimon Mercer-Wood is an auditory delight. As spokesman and consul for media affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, Mercer-Wood gives voice to Israel throughout the no...
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Panelists disagree on what to make of Iran deal
Encased by the wood-paneled walls of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club, three experts’ cacophonous opinions reverberated throughout the location last week during a debate on last year’s nuclear deal with ...
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Piano prodigy says it all started in Pittsburgh
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
Sarah Dukes, 33, has been playing the piano since age 6. “It was fun and exciting” at first, recalls the Yeshiva Schools grad, “but at a certain point, I felt bored.” Endless scales and practices m...
Baseball team’s Faith and Freedom Night not a hit for everyone
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
The general manager of the Washington Wild Things — the Washington, Pa.-based Frontier League baseball team — has apologized to a Jewish fan offended by speeches presented at a game last month, whi...
In the world of flea markets, Strip District hosts one of the best
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
On the second Sunday of every month between May and October, the parking lot on 23rd Street in the Strip District comes alive, as a pop-up marketplace takes over for the day. The Neighborhood Flea ...
Metro Briefs August 11
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Congregation Beth Shalom will hold a communal Tisha B’av observance on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 6:45 p.m. Participants will hear from members of the community who will share poetry, prose, songs and st...
Olympics: 7 Jewish American Olympians to watch in Rio
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
Aug 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
There are athletes, and then there are Olympic athletes. And then there are Jewish Olympic athletes. When the 2016 Summer Olympics open Friday, we’ll of course be cheering the American athletes — a...
The ‘Indignation’ of Philip Roth
by Jared Feldschreiber, Special to The Chronicle
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
“Indignation” depicts a working class Jewish student from Newark, N.J., who attends a small Ohio college where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection. In many ways, it is a c...
Stories prove travel mishaps can often have happy endings
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
As people throughout the area embark on their final vacations of the season, it might be helpful to know that summer hiccups don’t always require a doctor. Sometimes they need a travel agent. Take ...
Sense of humor useful for these area rabbis
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
So, there was that time when a well-intentioned non-Jewish member of Temple Emanuel of South Hills gave Rabbi Mark Mahler a canned ham for Chanukah. “In my thank you note, I acknowledged that I am ...
Farmers Market booth more than a summer job
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
Jonah Keller was strolling through the Squirrel Hill Farmers Market one Sunday last summer with his family when, seeing the abundance of produce and other foods, inspiration struck. “I just thought...
Native son recalls hand in ‘Golden Age’ of B movies
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Aug 03, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
To hear Milt Moritz describe his Hollywood days is to be treated to life of a bygone era. “It was not sophistication, it was by the seat of your pants,” Moritz said recently of his time with Americ...