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Animal rights pioneer, a Holocaust survivor, encourages respect, obligation
Alex Hershaft was one of the lucky ones. He managed to survive the cage that was the Warsaw Ghetto. Later, he experienced survivor’s guilt, wondering why he had lived when so many others had died. ...
Aug 28, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Circus of the Kids
For the second year in a row, the Circus of the Kids has come to the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill for four days of workshops with local kids, leading up to a short run of performances t...
Aug 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Agency focuses on growing Jewish learning
With its eye on the changing demands posed by a future vastly different from the educational world in which it was created, the Agency for Jewish Learning has concluded its two-year initiative to e...
Aug 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs August 21
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Volunteer Center is partnering with the United Way by recruiting for its “Be a Middle School Mentor” program. Contact Jenny Jones, volunteer center coo...
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Chutz-Pow!’ gives Holocaust heroes the ‘Superman’ treatment
Spider-Man, Superman and Jewish survivors of the Holocaust really do have something in common. “Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust,” a Pittsburgh-based publication, has turned the lives of Pit...
Aug 22, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Delivering hope: Two rabbinical students make the most of their prison road trip
Yaakov Yehudah Raskin, 20, and Tani Rapoport, 21, had some free time this summer. They decided to spend it in prison. The two rabbinical students had a few weeks open before starting their final ye...
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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At long last, calming waters come to Temple Ohav Shalom with three new hires
It’s hard enough for a congregation to transition after its rabbi leaves. Add to that the departure of a youth advisor/music director and a mandate to hire a new full-time religious school director...
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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At 40 years, PPT’s birthday gift to itself is ‘The Glass Menagerie’
Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” is a “memory play,” a term coined by the playwright himself. “Memory,” Williams wrote in the script describing the first scene, “is seated predominantly in...
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sophie Masloff: ‘She was the conscience of our city’
Mayor Sophie Masloff would often open an appearance with the greeting: “It’s great to be here. But at my age, it’s great to be anywhere.” That was typical Masloff, an unassuming, self-deprecating J...
Aug 20, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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J Street Summit gives area attendees a chance at national involvement
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Nancy Bernstein and Ronnie Cook Zuhlke went West to progress East. For two intensive days, the Pittsburghers attended the J Street National Summit and Annual Gala. Located in San Francisco, the eve...
Diversity roundtable continues to gain momentum
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Business, communal and political leaders met at Duquesne University for the second annual Corporate Equity and Inclusion Roundtable (CEIR) to advance the Pittsburgh region as a model for diversity....
Enrollment period closing for scholarship tax breaks
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Pennsylvania businesses interested inboosting Jewish education while receiving a significant tax break have until July 1 to apply to participate in the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Pr...
No one injured, but Chabad kitchen fire causes significant damage
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
A pan of cooking oil caught fire last Friday afternoon, destroying the kitchen of Chabad of the South Hills on McFarland Road in Mt. Lebanon. The Mt. Lebanon Fire Department, with the aid of the Do...
For Jewish community, it’s no longer business as usual with Presbyterian Church
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The vote by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to divest from three American companies doing business in Israel was met by condemnation from Jewish groups nationwide, predicting a rupture in the relatio...
Rebbe’s teachings continue to inspire
by Joshua Runyan, Editor-in-Chief
Jun 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Several new books are seizing upon the upcoming 20th anniversary of the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe to point out how much the late Jewish leader’s teachings have bearing upon the events of tod...
For Shmideo, it’s all about unconventional humor and a lot of teamwork
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
What do a medieval trebuchet flinging projectile turkeys, an alien puppet and a horrifying fish tree have in common? Maybe not much to someone unfamiliar with the work of Shmideo, three local Chasi...
Community comes together on behalf of kidnapped teens
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
As Israeli security forces continue their mission to locate and bring home three teenagers presumably kidnapped by Hamas terrorists in the West Bank on June 12, the Jewish community of Pittsburgh, ...
Squirrel Hill farmers’ market proves to be a neighborhood hit
Jun 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
The lure of fresh produce beckoned locals Sunday at the new farmers’ market across the street from the Jewish Family & Children’s Service in Squirrel Hill. A project of RustBuilt, in collaboration ...
Reasons unclear for artists’ withdrawal from Mattress Factory show
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
A Palestinian artist who was slated to participate with Israeli and American artists in a joint exhibition at the Mattress Factory museum and Filmmakers Galleries told an Arabic news source that th...