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From old Jews in Miami to Trump’s first 100 days, Naomi Harris’ photos capture the heart of America
Naomi Harris walked alone into the Cleveland nightclub three weeks ago, sat down at a table, introduced herself to those seated around her and stuck her hand down her blouse. “I hope you don’t mind...
May 18, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local lawyer recasts herself as artist
Some people are lucky enough to change life with the stroke of a brush. Sara O’Connor, a one-time lawyer in downtown Pittsburgh, did so 18 months ago with a career-altering decision. After feeling ...
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Online conversion programs create a ‘virtual chavurah,’ but can it be a real community?

Susan Bowers grew up in a “typical Protestant home” in Michigan, but her parents always encouraged their children to “question things and find their own path,” said Bowers, now 65 and living in Lak...
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At Kollel event, chair of Orthodox Union urges Pittsburghers to get to know their politicians
American Jews must develop personal relationships with those in elected office for the sake of the security of the State of Israel, according to Howard Tzvi Friedman, the featured speaker at the Ko...
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Metro Briefs May 19
More than 50 students will put their creative problem-solving skills to the test in the first-ever Pittsburgh Jewish Day School Odyssey of the Mind Competition on Sunday, May 21 from 2 p.m. to 6:30...
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Teenie Harris images of activism, resistance on exhibit at Holocaust Center
Charles “Teenie” Harris is best known for his photographs documenting African-American life in mid-20th century Pittsburgh. But an exhibit that opened last week at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburg...
May 17, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish rituals, culture can play a role in eating disorders
While the incidence of eating disorders among Jewish women may not be higher than in the general population, the ways to effectively treat those disorders can be uniquely tied to cultural and relig...
May 11, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Memories of the Hill come alive through Blumenfeld exhibit
Rochelle Blumenfeld has been exhibiting her art — mostly abstract paintings — since the 1950s, but her most recent show, “Hill District Paintings,” may be the most personal. The octogenarian has cr...
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Lynn Cullen is the perennial performer
Lynn Cullen won’t stop. The one-time television news anchor, then radio talk show host and now podcaster is a perennial performer. “I love to entertain,” said Cullen, during an afternoon visit to h...
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Interfaith trip to Israel sheds light for Jewish, Christian ‘pilgrims’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 23, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
Janice and Myron Watzman had been talking about taking a trip together to Israel since the day they were married in 1990. Janice, who is Roman Catholic, and Myron, who is Jewish, were just waiting ...
H. Yale Gutnick and a life in print
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Mar 15, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
H. Yale Gutnick has lived a life in print. For decades, the septuagenarian has filed briefs, documents and other legal records across federal and state courts throughout the country. The Philadelph...
Metro Briefs March 17
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Members of J Street Pittsburgh participated in the National J Street Conference, which was held in Washington, D.C., Feb. 25 to Feb. 28. Participants will share their reflections and experiences on...
Architecture and ‘Art’ — the long journey of Arthur Lubetz
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
If only he had been allowed to play with the fish in his bubbie’s bathtub, maybe he could have been a famous architect, mused Arthur Lubetz, whose distinctive and imaginative structures have noneth...
Kenny Gould is the sage of stouts
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Mar 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
Kenny Gould is all about beer.   The 26-year-old Pittsburgh returnee heads Hop Culture ( hopculture.com ), an online lifestyle magazine geared for “a new generation of craft beer drinkers.” The dig...
Traditional marketing strategies may be the way to go when promoting Israel
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel has faced a public relations crisis for decades, battling negative press and other harmful messaging from adversaries seeking to delegitimize the democratic Jewish state. While traditional e...
Belmont prisoners expected to have provisions for Pesach
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish prisoners at Belmont Correctional Institution in St. Clairsville, Ohio, are concerned they may be denied the food they need to celebrate Passover, but Rabbi Moishe Mayir Vogel, executive dir...
Pittsburgh’s Jewish institutions commit to ensuring safety for all
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Mar 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
Bomb threats and cemetery desecrations throughout the country have elevated local security concerns. In furthering protection, Pittsburgh’s Jewish institutions have developed plans and dedicated re...
Role-playing with medical professionals has healthy benefits
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Mar 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
Naomi Grodin likes to imagine that she’s dying. What she enjoys more, though, is telling her pseudo-condition to strangers. Over the past decade, the South Hills resident has probably seen hundreds...
The Great Latke - Hamantash Debate
Mar 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
Watch The Great Latke - Hamantash Debate of March 11 at Temple Sinai