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Pittsburgh’s Chabad House on Campus celebrates 28 years of building local relationships
Twenty-eight years after its inception, Chabad House on Campus Pittsburgh welcomed colleagues and friends last week for an evening of celebration. “Tonight is not a showcase of what Chabad House on...
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Despite challenges, converts feel embraced by community
Susan Sofayov, who was not born Jewish, nonetheless always had a “fascination” with Judaism, particularly Jews living in Israel and the idea of Jewish peoplehood. “The more I learned about the reli...
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Shofar blowers blast humorous, telling tales
In the coming days Pittsburgh’s shofar blowers will gather across pews and pulpits, and while some may be plagued by irritated lips, the time for those blessed with hot air is now.   “It’s a joy, t...
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Apples & Honey Festival

Shalom Pittsburgh, a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, held its sixth annual Apples & Honey Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Anderson Playground in Schenley Park. Phot...
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It’s not your bubbie’s brisket
With the approach of the holiday season, the thoughts of Jews around the world turn to the longstanding traditions of their ancestors: repentance, teshuvah and, of course, food. But while the carni...
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He’s just an actor, but Richard Schiff seeks ‘West Wing’ purity
Richard Schiff is well remembered for the role he memorialized on “The West Wing,” White House communications director Toby Ziegler, whose integrity and passion for justice helped television’s Pres...
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Pro-Israel students continue to face challanges on campus
Pro-Israel organizations are anticipating a challenging year on college campuses nationwide as anti-Israel activists continue their effort to delegitimize the Jewish state, albeit through an appare...
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Diplomat has traveled the world, but Pittsburgh holds special place in his heart
Listening to Shimon Mercer-Wood is an auditory delight. As spokesman and consul for media affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, Mercer-Wood gives voice to Israel throughout the no...
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Panelists disagree on what to make of Iran deal
Encased by the wood-paneled walls of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club, three experts’ cacophonous opinions reverberated throughout the location last week during a debate on last year’s nuclear deal with ...
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Torah thefts are down thanks to some detective work
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
Several local sefer Torahs may now be safer Torahs, following a visit from a Jerusalem-based nonprofit with a computerized technique of Torah scroll identification and registration. The system, dev...
Metro Briefs August 4
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
Through the year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has invited the community to “Do Good in the ’Burgh and Around the World” by contributing to the Federation’s annual campaign. The Fede...
Roberto Clemente and the Torah he hit home
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
Roberto Clemente once hit a home run that took more than 40 years to land. When asked about the particular bat that lifted much more than a single ball, Clemente’s son recently said, “It’s amazing....
Tours of building signal new mikvah’s opening on the horizon
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
After six years of fundraising and construction, Squirrel Hill’s new women’s mikvah will soon be open for use. Judy Kanal, a board member who is heading up tours of the new ritual bath on the 6300 ...
World-renowned ophthalmologist foresees future in Pittsburgh
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh looks pretty good to José-Alain Sahel, the world-renowned ophthalmologist and scientist who recently moved from Strasbourg, France, to Squirrel Hill. “The feeling we got in Squirrel Hill...
Metro Briefs 7-28
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
Little Lake Theatre is auditioning actors for a fall tour production of “Letters to Sala.” The production is looking for men (ages 20-35) and women (ages 20-50) for various roles. All actors on tou...
Classrooms Without Borders takes educators, teachers on moving journey through Poland
by Leigh Ann Totty, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” This quotation from Seneca is one way to sum up why many teachers and students participated in a recent Classrooms Without Borders trip to...
Zalman Shapiro, scientist and supporter of Israel, passes away at 96
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
Zalman Shapiro, a man whose energetic mind propelled submarines to new depths, died at his Oakland home on July 16. Shapiro was 96. Throughout his industrious career as a physical chemist and inven...
Pittsburgher stands up for Gretchen Carlson
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
Allan Ripp didn’t start out as a PR man. “I wanted to work for The New York Times really badly,” Ripp, who reps former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson in her battle against her former employer, said...
Getting ‘UnREAL’ with actress Shiri Appleby: Actress dishes on playing a Jewish, feminist antihero
by Linda Buchwald, JTA
Jul 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
In the world of television, Rachel Goldberg is a rare character: a Jewish, female antihero. She’s the main character in “UnREAL,” a scripted drama on Lifetime about the behind-the-scenes world of a...