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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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Forty years on, local rabbi keeps returning to Camp Ramah
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
It was the summer of 1975 when, at the age of 19, Chuck Diamond found himself for the first time headed north to Utterson, a small town in the scenic Muskoka district in central Ontario. Diamond, t...
J Street Summit gives area attendees a chance at national involvement
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Nancy Bernstein and Ronnie Cook Zuhlke went West to progress East. For two intensive days, the Pittsburghers attended the J Street National Summit and Annual Gala. Located in San Francisco, the eve...
Diversity roundtable continues to gain momentum
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Business, communal and political leaders met at Duquesne University for the second annual Corporate Equity and Inclusion Roundtable (CEIR) to advance the Pittsburgh region as a model for diversity....
Enrollment period closing for scholarship tax breaks
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Pennsylvania businesses interested inboosting Jewish education while receiving a significant tax break have until July 1 to apply to participate in the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Pr...
No one injured, but Chabad kitchen fire causes significant damage
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
A pan of cooking oil caught fire last Friday afternoon, destroying the kitchen of Chabad of the South Hills on McFarland Road in Mt. Lebanon. The Mt. Lebanon Fire Department, with the aid of the Do...
For Jewish community, it’s no longer business as usual with Presbyterian Church
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The vote by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to divest from three American companies doing business in Israel was met by condemnation from Jewish groups nationwide, predicting a rupture in the relatio...
Rebbe’s teachings continue to inspire
by Joshua Runyan, Editor-in-Chief
Jun 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Several new books are seizing upon the upcoming 20th anniversary of the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe to point out how much the late Jewish leader’s teachings have bearing upon the events of tod...
For Shmideo, it’s all about unconventional humor and a lot of teamwork
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
What do a medieval trebuchet flinging projectile turkeys, an alien puppet and a horrifying fish tree have in common? Maybe not much to someone unfamiliar with the work of Shmideo, three local Chasi...
Community comes together on behalf of kidnapped teens
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
As Israeli security forces continue their mission to locate and bring home three teenagers presumably kidnapped by Hamas terrorists in the West Bank on June 12, the Jewish community of Pittsburgh, ...
Squirrel Hill farmers’ market proves to be a neighborhood hit
Jun 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
The lure of fresh produce beckoned locals Sunday at the new farmers’ market across the street from the Jewish Family & Children’s Service in Squirrel Hill. A project of RustBuilt, in collaboration ...