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Metro Briefs February 24
Congregation Beth Shalom Adult Education will present the film “Murray Avenue” on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the ballroom.​ The film, by Sheila Chamovits, is about Squirrel Hill and portrays...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Butler or Sindler? You be the judge
When Dan Butler was asked by leaders at Shaare Torah Congregation to judge its annual chili cook-off last month, he accepted the assignment even though his wife, Nina, had invited guests to their h...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trivia night supports Pittsburgh Jewish teens
The least tricky question of the evening was why so many people attended a trivia night contest held at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh. “I came to give to NCSY because I value th...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Interfaith communal gathering calls attention to immigrants and refugees

Members of Pittsburgh’s faith-based groups met at St. Benedict the Moor Church in the city’s Hill District to offer prayers, stories and songs in support of communal unity Monday. The event, “Becom...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Demolishing dues may foster future finances at Temple Sinai
Being a member will no longer requires synagogue dues at one local congregation. Per the recommendations of a Temple Sinai task force and mirroring a trend taking shape in communities across the co...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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More funding options available for day schools responding to budget shortfall
Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools are making progress in correcting a cumulative budget shortfall for scholarships. Among their strategy is to take advantage of a recent law that allows individ...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Day school teacher suspected of sexual abuse in Pittsburgh
After a lengthy investigation, a former teacher at Yeshiva Boys School of Pittsburgh, an important institution in the Chabad-Lubavitch educational system, is a suspect in several alleged incidents ...
Feb 21, 2017 | 15 15 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs February 17
Temple Sinai is looking for lollipop kids, monkeys, witches and more for its “Wizard of Oz” themed Purim shpiel. Rehearsals are every Sunday in February and open to all ages. Rehearsals begin with ...
Feb 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Connecting Communities’ brings teens together in common cause
Teens representing the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh and the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center met at the Senator John Heinz History Center last week for the start of a collaborativ...
Feb 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Delivering hope: Two rabbinical students make the most of their prison road trip
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
At long last, calming waters come to Temple Ohav Shalom with three new hires
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
At 40 years, PPT’s birthday gift to itself is ‘The Glass Menagerie’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Sophie Masloff: ‘She was the conscience of our city’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 20, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Yard sale to help construct day care safe rooms in Israel
Aug 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
NA'AMAT women are preparing for a yard sale on Sunday, Aug. 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6328 Forbes Ave. Proceeds will go to constructing safe rooms for children at day care centers in Israel. Item...
New South Hills collaboration creates united high school program for Jewish teens
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
South Hills teens, regardless of affiliation, will be offered the chance to come together to learn and socialize through a new supplemental high school Judaics program supported by several Jewish i...
Saying No! to hatred: Vigil gives hope to peace with 15 minutes of silence
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
More than 40 people of faith gathered together on Aug. 6 to silently pray for world peace at what organizer Karen Hochberg dubbed “an interfaith flash vigil” at Point State Park. Hochberg, executiv...
JAA is launching nighttime dementia program to aid sufferers and caregivers
Aug 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
For caregivers of family members suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, nights can be rough. Dementia often has adverse affects on the sleep/wake cycle, causing many patients to “su...
AJL’s new director of teen learning has ‘amazing’ plans for J-SITE
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
Courses in the films of Woody Allen or the Jewish roots of the humor of Jon Stewart and Sarah Silverman; instruction on how to build a makom kodesh from scratch, using natural resources; and the op...
Metro Briefs August 7
Aug 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish Family & Children’s Service has announced two recent changes in the agency’s executive leadership staff. Dr. Jordan Golin, Psy. D., has been named chief operating officer and will also conti...