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Federation’s one-day mega phone-a-thon was ‘Super’
Despite unseasonal spring-like weather, droves of community volunteers willingly spent last Sunday indoors making telephone calls and raising $232,000, including $25,000 in matching funds, from 419...
Feb 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coming together: Jewish, Chinese communities set to celebrate Lunar New Year
For two weeks in February, Pittsburgh Jewish and Chinese communities will jointly celebrate the Lunar New Year.  Activities planned include martial arts and dance and music performances at the Jewi...
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This Jewish Pitt student is competing on “Jeopardy!” Who is …?
“Jewish Pitt Students” is the subject, and here is the clue. Between Feb. 1 and Feb. 12, this senior at the University of Pittsburgh will appear on “Jeopardy!” Who is Sarah Dubnik? That is correct....
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AIPAC speaker sees ‘bleak’ period of Palestinian violence continuing
Getting people interested in Palestinian politics is a hard sell, observed Grant Rumley, a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C., think tank. In the shad...
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Cruisin’ rabbi leads Jewish community, and others, on the high seas
Alvin Berkun has discovered a couple of “fringe benefits” to being a rabbi. The first, he joked, is his tallis; the second is the opportunity to travel the world on luxury cruise liners. Berkun, ra...
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Yiddish enthusiasts bring their passion to Squirrel Hill
It may seem like an unlikely partnership, but 20-somethings David Andrews, a secular Jewish software engineer with a penchant for Yiddish culture, and Levi Pekar, a Lebovitch psychologist who grew ...
Jan 27, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Advocate’s campaign on plight of Muslim women comes to Pittsburgh
There are a lot of people who do not want to hear what Ayaan Hirsi Ali has to say about growing up as a female Muslim in Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Kenya. In 2014, Brandeis University silenced her v...
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Joint celebration forges connection between Jewish, Muslim ‘sisters’
The feminists who are members of Pittsburgh’s Jewish Women’s Center are in many ways different from the women of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, who tend toward the traditional. But by joining to...
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Local poet’s intimate collection speaks to the Jewish soul
Anyone questioning the relevance of poetry in the 21st century could do herself a favor by checking out Rachel Mennies’ very intimate collection, “The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards,” a finalist...
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‘Opportunity of a lifetime’ both for discovery, educational outreach to developing countries
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Last December, Jack Mostow, a research professor emeritus in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, received an email that began: “I am a 13-year-old college student.” That p...
Hillel players okay after New York accident
Dec 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Five Hillel Academy Boys High School students were passengers in a vehicular accident last Thursday while in Flatbush, N.Y., to participate in a basketball tournament. None of the students was seri...
After almost 40 years, efforts continue for convicted murderer Zeke Goldblum
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 08, 2015 | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Orah Miller has spent the last 39 years working along with the rest of her family to get her brother, Charles “Zeke” Goldblum, released from serving a life sentence in a Pennsylvania prison for a m...
Eight ways to celebrate Chanukah that don’t involve gifts
by Maayan Jaffe, JNS.org
Dec 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Despite Chanukah being one of the few Jewish holidays not mentioned in the Torah, it gets a lot of play — pun intended. Shmuel Arnold of Baltimore recalls that while growing up in a secular Jewish ...
Chanukah FAQs for non-Jews: All I want for Christmas is Jew
by Rachel Kurland
Dec 03, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s that time of year again: Christmas. Oh, and Chanukah, too. For non-Jews, Chanukah has been built up to be perceived as the most important Jewish holiday, even though we all know the High Holid...
Metro Briefs December 3
Dec 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has released a statement expressing outrage and disgust over the shooting of a Pittsburgh-area taxi driver who appears to have been targeted by his custo...
Hate crimes down in state, but what does it mean?
by Jon Marks
Dec 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
The good news about the recently released annual FBI Hate Crimes Statistics Act report is that the numbers show a 20 percent decrease from the previous year. The bad news: Since the vast majority o...
Riding the rails: RDC chairman celebrates his love of all things trains
Dec 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Henry Posner III has encountered the foreign and amassed a collection. Most prized are his trains. Posner, 60, is chairman of Railroad Development Corporation (RDC) and a third-generation member of...
Kid-friendly robots open new dimension in learning for younger Hillel students
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
They are called Finches and resemble stingrays, but the 16 robots making a splash at Hillel Academy are providing valuable lessons in ingenuity and technology to students in third through fifth gra...



To the rescue: Congregation Beth Shalom takes over
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
As former leaders of the now-defunct Homestead Hebrew Congregation age and have become less able to manage the cemetery associated with their former spiritual home, Congregation Beth Shalom in Squi...