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At 92, Malka Markovic floats ideas of life after mikvah
There is history and memory in the seemingly everyday artifacts of the mikvah. There are dated note pads, decades old kosher-for-Passover pots and a rotary dial phone dating to the 1950s. While box...
Aug 17, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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AG candidate outlines platform to downtown lawyers
Josh Shapiro has been wearing a red string around his right wrist for months, and he is not about to take it off now. The string was a gift from Shapiro’s daughter, a keepsake she picked up for her...
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Chai Mitzvah initiative to infuse ‘life’ into local learning
Adults searching for new avenues of Jewish learning, spirituality and community may find what they seek beginning next month when seven area congregations join together to participate in Chai Mitzv...
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Squirrel Hill dentist enjoys retirement … in prison
Since retiring, Dr. Alex Sax has seen a lot of bars. No longer in private practice, Sax spends his days seated beside DUI delinquents, alimony offenders, sexual predators and even murderers. The ir...
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Third-party, write-in candidates suddenly have a presidential appeal
Faced with this year’s Republican and Democratic presidential nominees — commonly described as a loud-mouthed tycoon and reality show celebrity with a penchant for insulting women and minorities, a...
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Children’s books personalize young patients’ conditions
By day, Debra Rotenstein is a pediatric endocrinologist, but when the sun goes down, she is a children’s book author. Last month, her third book was published by Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, a helpful...
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Eighteen, a kosher wine bar and cafe, opens its doors
Eighteen is the newest chapter in Pittsburgh’s short book of kosher eateries. Located adjacent to Pinsker’s Judaica Center at 2028 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill, Eighteen seeks to provide a “new dai...
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Beth El's former preschool director honored
Georgia Hernandez, chair of the Allegheny County Children, Youth and Families Advisory Board since 2003, will be honored by County Council on Tuesday, Aug. 23 for her 43 years of service to the cou...
Aug 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Writer tells government to get out of kids’ lives
A state-licensed day care facility’s refusal to swaddle her infant son was the last straw for Abby Schachter. It was 2013, and Schachter, a Pittsburgh-based libertarian columnist and Jewish comment...
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For this cancer nonprofit, everyone is a ‘champion’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
At 25, Sidney Kushner has discovered a way to improve the life of a child fighting cancer. And Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (Children’s Hospital) has taken notice. It’s not that the Up...




Interfaith engagement organizations reap rewards of Douglas’ Genesis Prize
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
Twenty-eight organizations committed to engaging interfaith families in Jewish life are benefiting from $3.3 million in grant funds, thanks to Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas. Last summ...
Author’s first novel tackles the clouds, despair of bipolar II disorder
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
Susan Sofayov said that her debut novel “Defective,” published by Black Opal Books in 2014, was “the first thing I wrote in my life other than a grant proposal.” Sofayov, a Mt. Lebanon resident, wh...
Author’s roundabout journey to Orthodoxy includes website for writers
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
“I grew up as a nerd,” Matthue Roth confesses. Roth, 37, is a published author several times over, with credits including the award-winning “Never Mind the Goldbergs” and “My First Kafka,” a pictur...
1880s Engine House is saved, gets renovation by a … Fireman
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
Jack Conner still remembers the 18-foot brass pole he had to slide down to get to his truck when the call to duty rang out at Engine House No. 16 in the middle of the night.  “They had to take out ...
New JRS head is ready to lead, ready to learn
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
Harold Love, a lifelong resident of Western Pennsylvania with more than last three decades of nonprofit experience, became executive director of Jewish Residential Services on June 1. He succeeds D...
Touring the world is a balancing act
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
Four years ago, Laura Silverman joined the circus. Next week, her act is coming to town. From June 22 to 26, “Toruk — The First Flight” will converge on Consol Energy Center. The touring show from ...
Najimy’s message is loud and clear: ‘Give a damn’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
The world would be very different if women were in charge, according to Kathy Najimy. The actress, feminist and human rights activist did not mince words last week as she delivered the keynote addr...
While tackling Trump, Clinton reminds us, ‘We are all Americans’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 20, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
Hillary Clinton had planned to speak about rectifying economic inequality, building infrastructure and the value of unions at her Pittsburgh rally Tuesday, but her address took a different tack in ...
Rabbi Henry, Rodef Shalom step forward for Orlando victims
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Sharyn Henry of Rodef Shalom Congregation joined Mayor Bill Peduto and members of the Pittsburgh Clergy Consortium in a prayer vigil on Monday, June 13. The event, which was held outside of t...