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Longtime Leader Leaving Pittsburgh Kollel
After 16 years at the helm of the Kollel Jewish Learning Center, Rabbi Aaron Kagan has announced his resignation. Effective this summer, Kagan will leave the institution his late father, Rabbi Shau...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs April 17
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh invites Pittsburghers to celebrate Israel Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, on Tuesday, May 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Israel Fest, or iFest, at th...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Restroom petition is valuable lesson for Hillel Academy second-graders
When students from Hillel Academy’s second grade wanted a restroom installed at one of their favorite parks, they traveled downtown. “It started with a story in their reader, and then we came acros...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Christianity as Judaism? For Jewish Federation’s Roman, it’s ‘spiritual deception’
Flyers distributed around Squirrel Hill advertising “Passover Worship” led by “Messianic rabbis” are the latest effort by a Christian evangelical organization to proselytize to Pittsburgh’s Jewish ...
Apr 22, 2014 | 5 5 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diller Teens come to town, use unique experience to bond
Shahak Avshalom admitted that he did not know that much about Pittsburgh. “I knew about the steel industry and the sports teams,” said the teenager. But the Israeli native learned a lot more about ...
Apr 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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More and more, Modern Orthodox women are becoming synagogue ‘partners’
It is erev Shabbat at Shira Hadasha, an “Orthodox, feminist congregation” in Jerusalem. A traditional mechitza divides the males from the females, who are there in equal numbers. Married women have...
Apr 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Looking at ‘Noah’ through lens of Jewish tradition
Epic films based on the Hebrew Bible have never quite gone away, but this once-popular genre has become very sporadic. Aside from “Prince of Egypt” in 1998 and “One Night with the King” in 2006, it...
Apr 11, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rodef Shalom to welcome refugees at its community Seder
This Passover, Rodef Shalom Congregation will invite guests to its community Seder who have much to share on the subject of freedom: They are refugees from the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and the E...
Apr 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Something to Sing About
Nine talented teens from Pittsburgh’s Jewish community were among a group from across the United States and Israel that participated in the 21st annual Gala Concert of HaZamir: The International Je...
Apr 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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J Street program addresses Jerusalem, Jewish identity
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Feb 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
The sign taped to the door of Room B at the Squirrel Hill branch of Carnegie Library Sunday read, “Jerusalem: Can one city serve as capital to both Israel & the future Palestinian state?” Inside, r...
Braunstein’s Me2/Orchestra plays right notes with inclusive message
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Feb 04, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
At age 58, Gigi Weisman, a violinist and children’s entertainer, thought that her days playing in an orchestra were behind her. Weisman, who began playing violin as a child, has always loved making...
Local woman — WUPJ official — monitors tense standoff in Ukraine
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Jan 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Anne Molloy is following the political upheaval in Ukraine, during which at least two Jews have been attacked while a public commemoration for Holocaust victims was called off. As chair of the Form...
URJ’s Rick Jacobs to visit Pittsburgh
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Jan 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
The leader of the largest Jewish denomination in the world will visit Pittsburgh in February to meet with rabbis and lay leaders here. Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, ...
Reporter makes calls at this year’s FundFest
by Ilana Yergin, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor’s note: The Chronicle sent correspondent Ilana Yergin to this year’s Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh FundFest to write a first-person account of what it’s like to solicit money for ...
Metro Briefs January 30
Jan 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
The Sajowitz Endowment Fund of Temple Emanuel of South Hills, Beth El Congregation’s Men’s Club and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh-South Hills will host a scholar-in-residence we...
Yom Hashoah project marks collaboration between Warhol Museum, Holocaust Center
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jan 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Inspired by the students of a small middle school in Whitwell, Tenn., who collected 6 million paper clips to illustrate the enormity of the number of Jews murdered in the Holocaust, Roger Smith, ev...
Mark Perlin developed hi-tech analysis for DNA samples
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jan 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
His bio could be that of an edgy, new DC Comics superhero: A mild-mannered computer scientist leaves his faculty position at a well-respected university (say, Carnegie Mellon), to create a new tech...
Sewickley grocer once traveled for delicacies, now for the Jewish experience
by Adam Reinherz
Jan 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
When Marshall Morgan went traveling, the Sewickley grocer always stayed alert for exotic cheeses, mustards and preserves.   A purveyor of gourmet foods, Morgan shopped differently. Some people buy ...
Statewide campaign to raise pre-K awareness kicks off at JCC
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Jan 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
With too few Pennsylvania children enrolled in pre-K education programs, a statewide campaign was launched Thursday to trumpet the need for such schooling. In Pittsburgh, a press conference was hel...