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‘Germany Up Close’ is eye-opener to area participants
Sam Siskind entered his last name and his mother’s maiden name into a database at a Holocaust museum in Berlin. He didn’t know of any relatives who died in the Shoah, but nonetheless several people...
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Challenging childhood, mom’s devotion leads to flourishing program for developmentally disabled
Philadelphian Jonah Selber wakes up, goes to work and then returns home. Occasionally, he makes dinner. Selber lives an ordinary life, but to those who know him, he is anything but ordinary. Selber...
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Metro Briefs September 11
Chabad House on Campus will hold its 26th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eddy Theatre, Chatham University, 1 Woodland Road. Bari Weiss, associate books editor at Th...
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Israeli bank makes deployment of lone soldiers a little easier
It’s a lot harder to be the parent of a soldier fighting in wartime than it is to be a soldier fighting in wartime, according to Zur Goldblum. He should know. The Israeli-born owner of Squirrel Hil...
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With embrace of kosher food, Pitt looks to expanding Jewish population
There are some happy tummies in Oakland these days. This month, the University of Pittsburgh began offering kosher food as part of its regular meal plan. Located inside the retail part of Pitt’s Li...
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South Hills congregation embraces links to Ukrainian town
Shepetovka, Ukraine is about 4,800 miles from Pittsburgh, but Beth El Congregation of the South Hills is trying to bring that distance a little closer. For the past four years, the congregation has...
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National communal lobbyist brings social justice pitch to Pittsburgh
When Rabbi Steve Gutow met with Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, he gave her a mezuzah; when he met with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, he gave officials a message. The pr...
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Center provides lifeline not only for IDF soldiers, but also for their far-away families
When Stacie and Todd Stufflebeam of Squirrel Hill read the news that 13 Golani Brigade soldiers were killed in Gaza on July 20, their first thought was “call Mike.” The Stufflebeams’ son, Adam, is ...
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European anti-Semitism worries State Dept. official
It’s been nearly a decade since a bipartisan Congress tasked the State Department with the creation of a special envoy to combat anti-Semitism abroad, but if you ask Ira Forman, the current occupan...
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Book supplier’s closing reflects hard times in Jewish book biz
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Sep 08, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
For the last 12 years, Kathy Macdonald and her business partner, Jane Rosenberg, have run SayFair Books, supplying Judaic books to synagogue gift shops, Jewish Community Centers and Hebrew schools ...
Youlus indicted faces charges of mail, wire fraud
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Sep 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
The federal indictment of Rabbi Menachem Youlus, a Maryland-based Torah scribe who stands accused selling Torah scrolls with fabricated histories as Holocaust relics, represents a kind of closure f...
'Hare' chronicles unheard of Jewish family
by Neal Gendler
For the Chronicle
Sep 06, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Odds are the Ephrussi — to use the author’s charming plural — were the richest Jewish family of which you’ve never heard. Author Edmund de Waal, son of an Anglican priest, is a successful British c...
‘Bread Givers’ paints real trials — and triumph — of immigrant women
by Hilary Daninhirsch
Chronicle Correspondent
Sep 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
“The Bread Givers,” by Anzia Yezierska, published in 1925, was part of the first wave of Jewish immigrant literature. Like Sara Smolinsky, the main character in this semi-autobiographical novel, th...
Zubik tribute to benefit Sderot center
Sep 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish National Fund in Pittsburgh will hold its annual Tree of Life Dinner Wednesday, Sept. 7, 6 p.m., at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown. This year’s dinner will honor Bishop David A. Z...
Rabbi visiting Cuba surprised by level of freedom on island
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Aug 29, 2011 | 3 3 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
The community of about 1,000 Jews in Havana, Cuba, may be small, but it is both cohesive and committed, according to Rabbi David Novitsky, who recently returned from a mission there. Novitsky, the ...
Pittsburgh attorney reflects on crime spree that shook nation
by Hilary Daninhirsch
Chronicle Correspondent
Aug 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
Stanley B. Hoss was one of western Pennsylvania’s most notorious criminals, but if you are under the age of 50 there’s a pretty good chance you never heard of him. In “Born to Lose,” former Pennsyl...
Jews in the Civil War were Union and Confederate
by Jim Winnerman
For the Chronicle
Aug 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
At the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Jewish family loyalties mirrored what occurred throughout the United States where brother fought against brother. Jews also found themselves on opposite si...
YJ, Hadassah split; impact on local chapters still uncertain
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Aug 18, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Young Judaea, the Zionist youth movement that has been part of Hadassah for more than 40 years, launched this summer as an independent entity in an effort to revitalize itself while allowing Hadass...
Gilad Shalit will be named an Honorary Citizen of the City of Pittsburgh
by Release
Aug 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
Captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped on the Israeli side of the Gaza border by Hamas terrorists in 2006, will be named an Honorary Citizen of the City of Pittsburgh Tuesday, Aug...