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Former Pittsburgher sinks his teeth into Discovery’s Shark Week

Most young children have either a “dinosaur thing” or a “shark thing” at some point in their toddlerhood, said David Shiffman. But while Shiffman remembers going through both phases, he eventually ...
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Denver rabbi joins Temple Sinai
Rabbi Keren Gorban spent much of her childhood struggling to choose between a future career as a doctor or a teacher. “I really loved the idea of healing people and making them feel better, and … I...
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The Squirrel Hill Redemption: A poet and prisoner bond over shared humanity, whitefish
Najmuddeen Salaam has met Rabbi David Lazar twice: once in prison and the other time in Lazar’s Squirrel Hill home.   During 18 years of incarceration in various Ohio penitentiaries, Salaam read La...
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Holocaust fallout, poor economy has decimated Greek Jewish culture
Tsipy Gur, executive director and founder of Classrooms Without Borders, a nonprofit provider of “experiential, extended term professional development for teachers in the metropolitan Pittsburgh re...
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Interfaith service stands strong in solidarity with Charleston
The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary hosted an interfaith memorial service on June 23 for the Charleston shooting victims, or “The Charleston Nine” as they have come to be known. The event was organ...
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Jewish advocates react as SCOTUS makes gay marriage law of the land
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling announced Friday morning, approved same-sex marriage for residents in all 50 states. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion. “No union is more pr...
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Pennsylvania’s anti-BDS resolution sends message to Israel: ‘We support you’
The Pennsylvania General Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. House Resolution 370, authored by Rep. Matthew...
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BRCA gene mutations affect young Jewish women of Pittsburgh
Faygie Sacks knew there was breast cancer on her mother’s side of the family and that three women had died from ovarian cancer on her father’s side, including her grandmother. So, at age 38, the Pi...
Jun 24, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Courting’ Jewish women, basketball is right on the mark
By Masha Shollar Special to The Chronicle  At first glance, this looks like any other pickup basketball game: It started with a few practice throws, a brief discussion about the fairness of the tea...
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Bob Adler celebrates 95 his way
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
May 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
Some people celebrate birthdays with cakes. Others hang streamers and signs. For Robert “Bob” Adler’s 95th birthday, he led Shacharit and Musaf services and chanted the Haftarah. While family and f...
Objection not overruled: School board opt-out policy ‘baffling'
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
A Franklin Regional School Board member is being forced to defend her words after seeming to endorse Holocaust denial during a debate over an expanded opt-out policy. Board member Jane Tower drew c...
At J&R Day Camp, nature calls, and the approach is intentional
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
J&R Day Camp is headed back to its roots, as the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh’s summer program for children ages 2 to 16 refocuses on nature — and intention — in its emphasis on th...
Maurice “Tito” Braunstein, a Jewish life in one act
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
May 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
Maurice “Tito” Braunstein, Pittsburgh’s patron of Jewish theater, passed away on Sunday, April 26. He was 86. For most of his adult life, Braunstein straddled two acts — law and performing arts. Af...
At Bergen-Belsen memorial, warnings and worry on Holocaust remembrance
by Toby Axelrod, JTA
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
LOHHEIDE, Germany — At the former Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, hundreds of survivors, along with their children and grandchildren, stood together on April 26 under gray skies on a ground alive...
Metro Briefs May 7
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has announced that Meryl Ainsman will chair the 2016 Annual Campaign. Ainsman holds several executive committee roles: vice chair of the board of directo...
Book review: A ‘rational’ loss of faith is compounded by rejection, disgrace
by Neal Gendler
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
Shulem Deen’s journey from Skverer Hasid to Brooklyn unbeliever is a fascinating, disturbing memoir of loss — loss of faith, family and a once-certain future. His former community, taught not to qu...
Effective advocacy for Israel: learning techniques that work
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
Supporters of the State of Israel often feel angry and frustrated when they read incorrect and misleading  articles on the Israeli elections, the Arab-Israel conflict and other related topics, but ...
Center for Women’s internship program provides huge workforce opportunity
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
Karen Burns Sharif had been out of the workforce for about 10 years, primarily as a stay-at-home mom, when she first heard about the Center for Women’s internship program for women seeking to enter...
Jew in the City tackles stereotypes head-on
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
Allison Josephs’ first impression of Orthodox Jews was formed in her childhood, based on her secular physician father’s complaints about treating his Chasidic patients. He would come home after wor...