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Teacher pens memoir of IDF service
Nineteen-year-old Dorit, born and raised in New York City, lived with her controlling, fearful mother, who was the child of Holocaust survivors. Dorit’s father, an Israeli-born artist, held boozy G...
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AIPAC speaker Schanzer warns of Hezbollah, ‘tough choices’ for Israelis
A former counter-terrorism analyst for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Jonathan Schanzer, briefed local AIPAC members on the current state of Middle East foreign policy on Monday, May 2 at an ...
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Temple Sinai celebrates 70 years with proclamation
To mark the congregation’s 70th anniversary, 15 members of Temple Sinai traveled to the Pittsburgh City-County Building for a special proclamation from Councilman Dan Gilman. “Now, therefore be it ...
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Temple Ohav Shalom dedicates new memorial garden
A new Jewish cemetery in Pittsburgh is not an everyday occurrence.    That is why clouds and drizzle did not deter the sizable group of Temple Ohav Shalom congregants and religious school students ...
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Putting faces to tragedies such as the Holocaust, genocide
Tiffany O’Shea, an English teacher at Montour High School, already had incorporated the Holocaust graphic novel “Maus” by Art Spielgelman into her 10th-grade curriculum, when she attended the Summe...
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Light continues to flicker, even as it fades
For several decades, the candle lighting ceremony at Pittsburgh’s annual Yom Hashoah commemoration has featured local Holocaust survivors publicly lighting the six memorial candles, one for each of...
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For Holocaust survivors, the power of old family photos
In 1953, Israel’s prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, and its president, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, signed into law a proclamation designating a day each year for remembering the victims as well as the heroes ...
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Pittsburgh a finalist for prestigious, hefty transportation grant
City Councilman Dan Gilman is “very optimistic” when it comes to Pittsburgh’s chances of winning $50 million in grant funds that would propel the Steel City to be a worldwide leader in the field of...
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Metro Briefs April 28
The annual AIPAC Pittsburgh event will be held on Monday, May 2 at Hotel Monaco, 620 William Penn Place. Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research at Foundation for Defense of Democracies, will...
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Posner family continues tradition of giving with $5M gift to CMU
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Mar 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
The Posner family of Pittsburgh recently gave $5 million to Carnegie Mellon University. The gift, made in memory of Helen and Henry Posner Jr., will create at least five undergraduate scholarships ...
Change in defense helps JCC win GPIBL championship
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Mar 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
With concentrated ball movement and a midgame defensive realignment, the Jewish Community Center defeated Urban Pathways, 63-43, in the Greater Pittsburgh Independent Basketball League championship...



Model UN program ‘diplomatically’ challenges Hillel students
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Leah Joshowitz, a junior at Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh, has been spending months preparing to defend the human rights record of Sudan. Not that Joshowitz is a proponent of civilian murders or sex...
J-Serve serves its purpose
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Mar 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
On Sunday, March 6, 293 Jewish teenagers volunteered at 16 sites around the city as part of J-Serve: International Day of Youth Service. The program, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in Pittsb...
Public Theater’s ‘Disgraced’ exposes fallout of cultural denial
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Choosing to stage a production of “Disgraced,” Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about an assimilated Pakistani-American attorney who disavows his Muslim roots yet cannot seem to shake thei...
Metro Briefs March 3
Mar 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
New Light Congregation will present “The Last 20 Years of Israeli Politics” with educator Avi Ben-Hur, visiting from Israel courtesy of Classrooms Without Borders, on Friday, March 4 following serv...
‘Here One Day’ connects audience with struggles of mental illness
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
“Here One Day,” Jewish filmmaker Kathy Leichter’s documentary about her mother’s mental illness, and the ripple effects of her suicide on her family, begins with Leichter responding to her young so...
Repurposed classics inspire at Shlock Rock’s local show
Mar 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Like that bottle of Bordeaux in your basement, Shlock Rock keeps getting better with age. The Jewish rock band and its now middle-aged members performed Feb. 24 at Shaare Torah Congregation in Squi...
Experts tackle community concerns over refugee crisis
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Welcoming the stranger is a core Jewish value, began Josh Sayles, the director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Relations Council, at the commencement of a program held la...
Message is clear: Meet the millennials where they are
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
When addressing groups of millennial “nones” — those who do not identify as being affiliated with any particular religious group — Rabbi Irwin Kula stands before a large blackboard and records a li...